December 6, 2021

Japan’s minimalism

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a-window-ledge-can-be-just-as-useful-as-a-sink-counterPhotos that show how obsessed Japan is with minimalism

By Jacob Shamsian From Business Insider

Minimalism is taking over. Figures like Marie Kondo are becoming famous by spreading the gospel of throwing everything out and keeping just what you need.

The movement is most prominent in Japan, where the influence of Zen Buddhism instills a desire for simplicity. For them, less is more.

There’s also practical concerns: It’s cheaper to be a minimalist. And because Japan is regularly beset by earthquakes, it doesn’t always make sense to have a lot of valuable possessions lying around in your house. Nearly half of earthquake injuries come from falling objects.

Take a fascinating look into the sparse aesthetic of minimalism:

In Japan, some bedrooms are so stripped down, they don’t even have beds.
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What does a minimalist keep in his fridge? Not much.
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The bathrooms also keep it simple.
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This one couldn’t be more austere. There aren’t any consumerist products in sight.
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Sink counters exist to keep stuff on them. All you need is a toothbrush, and that doesn’t require one.
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A window ledge can be just as useful as a sink counter.
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Everything has its place.
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Just one spoon and one fork is necessary.
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Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki stores away her futon mattress in her apartment. Out of sight, out of mind.
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Even living rooms are de-cluttered. The only furniture here is a desk and chair.
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…and sometimes not even a chair.
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It’s all about having only simple objects…
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…but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful.
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The lack of furniture means more space to stretch out.
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For more on this story go to: http://www.thisisinsider.com/inside-japans-extremely-minimalist-homes-2016-6/#in-japan-some-bedrooms-are-so-stripped-down-they-dont-even-have-beds-1

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