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Kominka Home Interior Renovation Inspo Gallery

Looking for some kominka renovation inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Behold: Fresh Interior Design Inspiration for Old Folk Houses in Japan View this post on Instagram A post shared by 株式会社SHOEI (@shoei_architect) View this post on Instagram A post shared by IYEYA Inc. | いえ屋 (@iyeya_kyoto) この投稿をInstagramで見る 株式会社SHOEI(@shoei_architect)がシェアした投稿 View this post on Instagram A post […]

Japanese Kominka House Conversion Inspiration Gallery

Old traditional kominka house conversions are a plentiful and elegant opportunity all across Japan. Here’s our round-up of adaptive reuse basics and plenty of inspo to get your wheels turning! Adaptive Reuse of Kominka for Modern Life When zoning and official permissions are appropriately navigated, renovated kominka can serve as hotels, hostels, galleries, cafes, restaurants, […]

Second-Hand Gems: Online Vintage Furniture Stores in Japan

There are actually quite a few high-quality vintage furniture shops in Japan, however they are a bit hard to find at times! You can find retro Japanese, English, American, and Scandinavian furniture items for sale. The price of imported vintage furniture might be a bit higher than you are used to in your home country, […]

Aladdin BF3911 Blue Flame Kerosene Heater Review

Japanese kerosene stove

Japanese winters aren’t that cold compared to where I’m from. What makes them difficult is the lack of insulation. Oof. You don’t want to run up a giant electricity bill by keeping the aircon on all the time. I learned from my neighbors that a kerosene stove heater is essential for the coldest winter days, […]

Best Kotatsus You Can Buy Online in Japan [2024]

Start the year out cozy! I think it’s a pretty good New Year’s resolution to not be cold and miserable. What do you think? That means it’s Kotatsu time!!! Why Do You Need a Kotatsu? It’s not just because kotatsus make you warm. It’s because a kotatsu is a significant energy savings compared to using […]