Picture: Toshiyuki Yano
Written by Jullia Joson
It is often times that when living in Japan, whether you’re occupying a shared house or renting out your own apartment, you’ll find yourself having a limited amount of space to work with. This primarily stems from land scarcity within the country, with 73% of the land available to us being considered mountainous, with another large percentage of the country’s flat land serving as farmland and a means for agricultural purposes. There is also the issue surrounding overcrowding within Japan’s urban areas. Due to these factors, inflation amongst properties is rife, thus, resulting in many residents turning to small dwellings.