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Video: Learn Tiny House Tricks From Japanese Microhouses

4/28/2011 12:00:00 AM

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Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailThe Japanese people understand—perhaps better than anyone except New Yorkers—how to live well in small spaces. Because of its small size and large population, Japan has by necessity been at the forefront of the tiny house movement that’s now taking root in the United States. In Japan, small post-World War II apartments, sometimes referred to disdainfully as “rabbit hutches,” have now become hip as microhouses spring up on sites once believed to be far too small to inhabit.

This must-see video takes you inside some stellar examples of this cutting-edge architecture, including a “boxcar” house that’s 180 centimeters wide and a 300 square-foot home with a staircase/shoe closet and a library in the cellar. I’d live in any one of these “rabbit hutches” in a second.

  



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