Traditional Japanese houses might seem odd to a Westerner due to their minimalistic design, simplicity, and austerity. There’s nothing unnecessary in it. Every item has its own place and all of the features have a great symbolic significance.
viralnf will tell you about the key concepts and features that make traditional Japanese houses so unique.
1. The abundance of empty space
The Japanese don’t like to clutter up their homes with furniture and small trinkets. Ideally, there should not be anything on the floor but a tatami — a mat traditionally made of rice straw. A tatami is also a unit of measurement for an area. A traditional Japanese room can fit 6 tatami mats. Other furnishings can include a wooden table with cushions for sitting, a dresser, and several futons — thin cotton mats that are folded and stored away in an oshiire closet during the day. Such closets are often the same color as the walls and don’t stand out so much. As a result, the effect of the wide-open space is created and nothing distracts your attention. This approach to the house furnishing has at least one more positive feature: it keeps dust from building back up in the corners and it’s easier to clean such empty rooms.