Would you live in a 9 m² apartment? Japanese youth do
Would you live in a 9 m² apartment? In Tokyo, some young people are choosing these extremely small spaces, even smaller than a working studio, to live.
Tokyo, the world's most populous metropolitan area, has long been known for tiny accommodations, but these new apartments have taken it to an extreme.
Each house has a small space below and a loft-like compartment above. With good space management, you might even be lucky enough to fit a washing machine, a fridge and a sofa inside.
These spaces are suitable for young Japanese people who are not in the habit of inviting friends over. They cost less and are in central Tokyo areas such as Harajuku, Nakameguro and Shibuya, which are generally quite expensive to live in.
"I wouldn't live anywhere else," said Yugo Kinoshita, 19, a college student who gave up his collection of Nike Dunk sneakers to live in an apartment so small that even a few pairs of shoes wouldn't light up.