Home Resources for International People in Japan

6 Kinds of Furniture You’ll Find in a Japanese Akiya House

You might find these akiya furniture items in your new old house in Japan. Treasure or trash? I’ve had the adventure of discovering what was left behind in three akiyas now – all previously occupied by adorable grannies who left behind evidence of creative, loving lives. I can’t lie – sorting the stuff is fascinating […]

FREE Japanese House Vocab Flashcards

Hey there! We made a digital flashcard deck for Japanese home design lovers to brush up on their house vocab studying. You can learn & study with us for free on quizlet by following this link: Japanese House Vocab [Interior Design & Architectural Terms] The set covers the following words:Tsuboniwa (坪庭) (つぼにわ): courtyard gardenKyōmachiya (京町家)(きょうまちや: […]

The Big List Of Online Furniture Stores in Japan

For those of you looking for a big list of online furniture stores in Japan, here it is! Shops in Japan sometimes don’t have online storefronts (and sometimes aren’t even on Google Maps!). Thankfully there are plenty of shops to choose from with delivery in Japan. You just need to know where to look! And […]

Japandi Aesthetic: Designer Dream or Cultural Blasphemy?

The term “Japandi” has gained traction as a popular interior design aesthetic, blending elements from Japanese and Scandinavian design traditions. @dpinteriordesign Japandi Design 🪴 Skip to the end for some affordable decor pieces to add to your space 😌 #interiordesign #homedecor #interiordesigner #interiordecor #japandi #japandistyle #japandiinterior #design #designtok #interiordesignideas ♬ original sound – Deepa Designers […]

Japanese Style Interior Design Inspo Gallery

Traditional Japanese Interior Design Gallery Old Japanese houses need less stuff and less renovation. So why do we need a visual inspiration gallery like this? To remind us how gorgeous traditional Japanese interior design can be when we don’t mess with it. If you haven’t already, please read In Praise of Shadows. It’s an influential […]

Where to Buy Sofas Online in Japan

17 Online Sofa Shops to Discover Your Perfect Couch in Japan Maybe you’re wondering where to buy sofas online for your place in Japan, or maybe you are just scratching your head… You may have noticed that furniture works a bit differently here. Whether you want a sofa or not is actually optional, and plenty […]

Japanese Apartment Home Inspo Gallery

Need Interior Design Ideas for Your Apartment in Japan? We’ve Got Ya! Whether it’s a standard-issue teacher’s apartment, urban solo-life, a sharehouse room or your who-knows-how-long family home, here are apartment ideas to make the place your own! Studio apartments are great if you embrace it. (Trust me, I lived in one for 11 years!) […]

30 Ways to Get Warm (and Stay Warm) During Winter in Japan

Winter in Japan Can Be Miserable. How to Stay Warm in Winter in Japan. This comes from a Canadian who also lived in snowy Minnesota for seventeen years. I know winter. I hate winter. I don’t like snow. I don’t like ice. And worst of all, I don’t like being cold. So when I was […]

How to Manage Culture Shock With Home Design

Home Design for Culture Shock in Japan

My supervisor opened the door to my first-ever apartment in Japan and immediately apologized. The dated faux wood paneling was dinged, scratched, and littered with tape residue. The apartment had probably been closed without air circulation for several humid weeks, creating a thick atmosphere that smelled like mold and cat urine. Within minutes, he had […]

Standard Products by Daiso is Poised to Challenge Muji’s Success

Standard Products Haul

What is Standard Products? A Quick Introduction Standard Products is a noteworthy new home and lifestyle store line, introduced by parent company, Daiso Sangyo. Daiso is the largest 100 yen shop in Japan, with 2023 sales of nearly 600 billion yen. Standard Products has already gained popularity and notoriety for it’s affordable, well-designed home products. […]