Japanese Interior Crush


I have fallen for Japanese interiors. For all the minimalism, all the bamboo, all the emptiness. Traditionally, Japanese interior design was ruled by little daylight, lots of shadows, and naturally dark materials. However, these days whites and brightness seem to be as present. All come together in unknown aesthetic beauty, creating emptiness with what would normally fill spaces up, creating something traditional Japanese yet modern.

The result is a mix of white spaces and dark places everywhere you go. All the galleries seem to be empty, white and spacious. All the traditional houses, restaurants and cafes seem to be the opposite. And then there’s a mingling of both, the obviously American fast food vibes, and the technology hype with neon-lights, street signs, and moving images. Places are stacked on top of each other, going 6 or 7 floors up, and changing from the traditional wooden looks to those fast food neons, to modern minimalist spaces all in one small building. And there’s another 100 buildings on the left side, and another 50 on the right side. And that is only one street, in a city of 14 million people. Tokyo is confusing.


But, there are also places like this one, Sahsya Kanetanaka, located in the busy centre of Tokyo. It makes you forget all those differences, all the hectic street life, all the new against the old. Everything is in harmony – it embraces traditional as well as modern, and emphasises nothing but that Japanese praised minimalism, the use of natural materials and colours and emptiness. Above all, it makes you fall in love with Japanese interiors.

Renee Kemps