Checking Out New Japanese House Design and Technology

How about, on a single plot of land, there
was a host of custom home builders, showing off their latest designs and tech? That’d be a Japanese Housing Exhibition Center. Last year my wife and I were in the market
for a new home and she suggested we visit such a place. On top of being free to visit, they also gave
you gifts in return! I mean, look at all this free swag that I
now have no clue what do with. The unfortunate part is that most of them
want to talk to you as you explore the house, but luckily, my wife was able to chat with
them while I escaped away. One thing that I quickly found out, is that
while these are show homes, most of the floor plans aren’t what
you’d ever actually build. They’re more of a sampling of the various
types of designs and rooms you could have. For people who think Japanese homes
are small and cramped, you probably wouldn’t think so after visiting an exhibition like this. So, I don’t want you to leave thinking that these modern designs would apply to the majority of houses that average people live in. They are not as constrained by space or budget
as real home buyers would be, so things are all a bit grander than usual. Alright, let’s take a look at some design
features that stood out for me. One thing was this toilet. For a Westerner, nothing may seem out of place, but if you’re used to Japanese bathrooms, you’d know that beyond small bachelor apartments,
they’re usually housed in a room all by itself. Speaking of something out of the norm, I asked, and these glass panels are more for show than an actual design that you’d want, especially since the bathing room is completely viewable from the kitchen. And speaking of the kitchen, this moveable stovetop dial
both fascinates the tech guy in me, and worries the practical maintenance guy in me. Or maybe it’s the father in me. You just know the kids will decide this is
a hockey puck or something. Since Japanese homes have less square footage
than those in Canada, I find their storage units to be a bit more versatile. I like how this drawer pulls out to reveal
this setup. If you’ve seen Japanese kitchens, you may have noticed they have these little grooves
built into the sink. I’ve always found this quite useful when wiping the countertop, as there’s no ridge stopping you from pushing water
and debris into the sink. The added benefit of the groove is that sinks can come with custom fit cutting boards
or drying racks. This kitchen has a built in workstation, which I feel would come in handy for quickly checking out
a laptop or tablet. A lot of the living rooms you’ll see in these homes are a lot more open than other Japanese homes
that I’ve visited. As I mentioned, I think it’s partly due to
not having space limitations, but it’s also because steel beam and concrete construction allows architects to do away with supporting walls. You’ll often see these open kitchen / living room
designs in new homes. While you probably won’t see a dining room, like in
a North American house, some places will have tatami rooms. The seating will be on the floor, or the table will be over a sunken floor
that you can put your legs into. Some unique designs I saw were like this one, where the raised tatami floor cuts away at the counter
so you can swing your feet under. No stools required. I also found this raised floor kind of design
in the bedrooms. I’ve never seen something like this before. While the average homes in Tokyo don’t seem
to feature walk-in closets, these model homes had an interesting variety of them. This one even had carpet in it,
which is quite rare in Japanese homes. I don’t know if it simply looks better for show purposes, but often the bedrooms would have western style beds on low frames. As you may or may not know, futons that lie on the ground is the
traditional Japanese sleeping style. The last area you’ll visit in these show homes is the one that highlights what’s in the bones of the house, or in other words, the materials
that are used to build it. If you’ve seen my other housing videos,
this may seem repetitive, however I need to point out that they do have insulation. Since these are custom homes, they have displays
that will show the different qualities of insulation and presumably how their house
is using the best stuff. What I saw featured at quite a few of these
homes were steel and concrete construction. If you want a home that’ll last you over 100 years, these are the types of builders you’ll want to talk with. The homes are significantly more expensive than wood frames, but if you the cash to outlay, these will be longer lasting and more stable
in earthquakes, at least that’s what this floppy looking rubber
wooden house is telling me. I didn’t show all the exhibits, but they have some interesting set ups showing outdoor wall finishings, comparing the insulation and sound proofing capabilities of windows, and heating options… including… yes… central heating. It’s kind of like going to a science fair
thrown by housing corporations. While many of the show homes I walked through
didn’t have real world designs, this little one bedroom studio was an example
of what a real unit could be like. Here’s the genkan area, and right off of it
is the toilet, sink, and washing machine, all in a single room. Off of that there is a separate bathing room, although the bath is smaller than the regular ones
found in new homes nowadays. And this is the main room. You can see the electric stove top is on the
same wall as the sink and desk area. There’s a small closet, and that’s it. Despite the exhibition name, it’s a somewhat
permanent setup, with houses staying for many years. Beyond gifts, these model home centers
also provide drinks, bouncy castles for children, and some even have childcare services. If there weren’t salespeople, I think we’d
just go here to relax every now and then! If you happen to be in Japan and are looking
to check out the latest in housing tech, there are many of these exhibition centers. Just make sure to grab a Japanese friend who can at least plausibly say they’re interested
in one of these homes. And before you ask, no, we couldn’t afford custom homes like this, but I hope you enjoyed touring with us. Do you have any home exhibition centers where
you’re from? What are they like?

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100 thoughts on “Checking Out New Japanese House Design and Technology

  1. Here in Sydney Australia we have so many home exop things there is a really big one at parklea and castle Hill that show you all the latest developments going on around the area.. I don't like the new houses that they build I call them shoe boxes they are on top of each other and no back yard no real front yard and they have no class…. I live in a really nice sub that has 650m block we have a massive back yard we can have birds chickens and dog in all these new homes no pets allowed…. Alot of me is wondering where are we going to get all these people to love in these homes if we are at busting point in Australia….

  2. we have this kind of house exhibition here in Bali, Indonesia and they held by japanese company. they did shown japanese house type but mostly only 2 story house with a lot of glasses and mostly concrete. Indonesia had a lot of earthquake too but not that common like in japan

  3. I remember as a child going to these a few times. A cul de sac out in the middle of nowhere with 5 huge homes. It was pretty awesome as a kid but as an adult it makes me kinda sad that I could never never get a house like that.

  4. These houses are elegant. I think Japanese people always compete themselves and try to do the best. It's good to see bigger houses in Japan.

  5. This is so cool! I imagine this is like touring model homes in America. Usually in a planned subdivision of matching track homes, there will be a section of models—one for each type available—that will be staged with props and open to the public. I've always loved touring them and used to beg my parents to take me when I was a child. not everywhere has them, though. I've found that they are much more common in highly-populated, wealthy areas like the Saab Francisco Bat Area. No gifts, but you do usually get a flyer or folder with info!

  6. This is so cool. I went to two of these places when I visited Japan. It was so hard to explain to the sales staff that I was just some crazy american that is obsessed with houses and construction methods. So many of the ones I saw were designed to have older generations on the first floor then the family home the top floors. I also went to the outdoor architectural museum.

  7. Very interesting topic! Although these houses seem smaller than the one in Vancouver, they seem to be better built.

    Samson C.

  8. Yeah… It'll be rare to find actual homes like these in Japan and even if you do it'll be expensive as hell ==

    Why are the setup permanent though? Do they just switch up the furniture?

  9. wonder what would be the price be in tokyo? and maybe half hour drive away from the main biz district in your city? For Singapore, that might be around or slightly below 2.5-3m USD.

  10. Again more boring x channel garbage, l knew it your trying to Hog having 2 channel's to get 2 times the veiwer veiws & Hog the ad Revenue. i'll tell you your getting amature adult boring Worse the last two uploads, on this the kid's & happy channel, this is totally a boring x channel upload.

  11. Even for someone who lives here, I learn a lot about Japan through your videos (o_O) Did not know this existed. Keep them videos coming!

  12. I always love watching your videos, especially about japanese houses (i am an architect in Indonesia).

  13. once visit to India you can find how our culture traditions & technical was developed
    these cities must visit complsory

    Jammu Kashmir

  14. We never went in but I think me and my partner wandered past one of these on our trip to Tokyo! I recognize the mascots on the top of the houses 😀 I think it's great that they show the build up of the house, the show homes I've visited in England didn't have that from what I remember.

  15. Do you know if its possible to get one of these houses built in California? Do any of the housing companies have US branches?

  16. I recently had a baby, and I keep wondering to myself how Japanese people take care of their babies. Do they sleep in a crib, or do they have their own futon? Is there maternity/paternity leave? Is breastfeeding in public controvercial there? I think infants would be a great subject for a video.

  17. There was a really cool home exhibition center inside Osaka Stadium in the 90s. It made for some awesome photos:

  18. I like this very much, very useful, since I'll be moving to Japan in few years from now, so I found that your channel help me to know a lot of stuffs that normally ppl don't share on public.. thankyou for sharing.. can't wait for the next video ✌🏻

  19. oh man, I'd go there just to hang out and spend the day. Everything looks so interesting, a little like a science fair haha

  20. Hello. Enjoy your videos. Have a question. In the US when you build a house, you hire a contractor and buy plans. You can build basically whatever you want. In Japan, can you do that? Thank you.

  21. Thank you. If you could make a longer video I would love to see all exhibits because I live in Europe but this is great for inspiration. Also my friend works as an architect so I'm sure she would like to see more as well.

  22. I was living very close to a exhibition center in Setagaya and walked through it nearly every day. Once in a while I also had a look inside, which was quite fun and interesting. I also wanted to compare for example the insulation technology to my country's (Germany) technology and found out that compared to the average houses in Japan, these model houses have a pretty good insulation which is quite close to what I know from Germany.

  23. How do the Japanese view nudity and privacy? It appears that bathrooms often have clear glass – that would not suit me at all.

  24. the home an garden show is big event each year showing off all the stuff that wallet hate to see plus your wife, neighbor, I Doubt the Word Man Cave is in The Japanese Husband Vocabulary not the Space maybe one could stick a small TV in the carport an imagine car seat is stadium seating at a game…

  25. We used to have housing exhibition around here in Virginia. but, not for a couple years now. Place that used to have them removed them from site and is now a Sub division.

  26. I would like to live in Japan but I’m worried about learning Japanese. I tried for two years to learn Spanish without getting very far… although if I forced myself to move there I hope I would learn Japanese since I would be immersed in the culture and not really have any other option. 🤔🤷🏻‍♂️😄

  27. PATHE UK (on YT) has some 1960s examples of Model Homes (including one with mostly Canadian wood) — all taking place at EARLs COURT … NOT UNLIKE THE PNE @@ YVR …

  28. I heard in some places it can snow eighty feet in Japan.  I am not sure about how that would work.  It maybe "interesting" to live in these places.

  29. I've heard of akiya bank houses, which are abandoned houses and I wonder if that's a good option for people with low income. Whether renovation costs in Japan is expensive or not. I'd be glad if you could make a video about that. Thank you ^^

  30. I cant find it in google map or google search. Where is it located? I want to visit it too next time im in Japan.

  31. Love your voice and narration! Thank you, interesting peek at a side of Japanese commercial culture I’d never seen before.

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