If you love exploring different architectural aspects of a country, Japan should be on your travel bucket-list this year! Why? Because the emerging modernistic architecture in Japan is making headlines in the world of minimal travel. We are talking about high-rises and small, compact living spaces, which has given birth to the concept of micro-homes in Japan. By Divyansh Mehta

Japanese people have been advocators of minimalism — be it their food, fashion, architecture, design or just the way of living. Taking this inspiration as a stepping stone, the travel industry in this East Asian country is rooting for compact, capsule hotels, homes and homestays. And, minimal furniture, too!

Blending the aesthetics of traditional and modern architectural facets, the houses and buildings in Japan have some unique traits. Utility and functional are the two primary pillars of designing a space. You may wonder, why are Japanese people living in small spaces? Well, due to high vulnerability towards earthquakes,these small spaces are created to withstand any kind of external force.

“In Japan, there’s a saying tatte hanjo nete ichijo which means that you don’t need more than half a tatami (mat) to stand and a full mat to sleep,” said Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita in an interview with CNN. He has built over 300 houses, each uniquely shaped, and some home areas are as compact as 182 square feet!

Since having private rooms have not really been a design priority in Japan, architects have had the freedom to open up small spaces, designing the interiors in a functional way, yet the rooms appear larger when you look at it.

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