Japan offers rich cultural heritage to the world and it has preserved this culture through centuries. Although the swift winds of change have continually caught up with every aspect of this society because of globalization, there are still aspects of it that still withstand the test of time. Among this is a Japan home. As it is, tradition has been preserved even with the unifying of world concepts. A home in Japan can still be found in its traditional form even with the incredible inclusion of apartments and skyscrapers taking over. This form of housing is referred to as a single-family detached house.
Although this term is used to refer to any detached housing unit, the traditional home falls in this category. Uniqueness is rife in Japan as you find homes have a short lifespan of up to 40 years. A traditional home is mostly built from wood. It constitutes one block which is separated by semi-permanent partitions made of wood and paper. A Japan home can therefore have any room change its size depending on its utility. This also means that any room can change its purpose upon the discretion of that household. The partitions are referred to as fusuma and are in the form of sliding doors. At the entrance of these unique dwellings you will find the kitchen, bathroom and toilet.
In larger versions of this house you will find these rooms as an extension to the main unit and not part of it. Another interesting aspect of this traditional Japan home is the fact that its furniture is portable and is stored in large closets called Oshiire. This is what allows for rooms to change their functionality. Furniture is minimal as tables are low sitting and small, small pillows are used for seats and mats are used for sleeping. They live a simple, compact life in the traditional way though it is becoming a rare kind of living.