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Tokyo Tiny Japanese Houses

Land can come at a premium in Japan, especially in big cities. For urban dwellers, sometimes the only option is to build small. Real small. In Japanese, these cramped abodes are called "narrow homes" (狭小住宅 or "kyoushou jyuutaku"). Typically, they're built on plots of land that are less than 50 square meters. The notion is not new*; however,"narrow homes" as we now know them started appearing in the 1950s and the 1960s. Architects like Takamitsu Azuma helped define the narrow home in...