Tokyo: A Certain Style

Tokyo A Certain Style Ah think of the serene gardens tatami mats Zen inspired decor sliding doors and shoji screens of the typical Japanese home Think again Tokyo A Certain Style the mini sized decor book with a diff

  • Title: Tokyo: A Certain Style
  • Author: Kyoichi Tsuzuki
  • ISBN: 9780811824231
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ah, think of the serene gardens, tatami mats, Zen inspired decor, sliding doors, and shoji screens of the typical Japanese home Think again Tokyo A Certain Style, the mini sized decor book with a difference, shows how, for those living in one of the worlds most expensive and densely packed metropolises, closet sized apartments stacked to the ceiling with gadgetry and CDAh, think of the serene gardens, tatami mats, Zen inspired decor, sliding doors, and shoji screens of the typical Japanese home Think again Tokyo A Certain Style, the mini sized decor book with a difference, shows how, for those living in one of the worlds most expensive and densely packed metropolises, closet sized apartments stacked to the ceiling with gadgetry and CDs are the norm Photographer Kyoichi Tsuzuki rode his scooter all over Tokyo snapping shots of how urban Japanese really live Hundreds of photographs reveal the real Tokyo style microapartments, mini and modular everything, rooms filled to the rafters with electronics, piles of books and clothes, clans of remote controls, collections of sundry objects all crammed into a space where every inch counts Tsuzuki introduces each tiny crash pad with a brief text about who lives there, from artists and students to professionals and couples with children His captions to the hundreds of photographs capture the spirit and ingenuity required to live in such small quarters This fascinating, voyeuristic look at modern life comes in a chunky, pocket sized format the perfect coffee table book for people with really small apartments.

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    1. This little book is packed with living spaces, mostly small, some even just one room with kitchen corner. All feel well-lived and often quite full, so I can relate *lol* Order *with* chaos. There is one exception towards the end: a rare pre-WWII building of dark wood, very beautiful.The often-seen bathroom slippers were funny. And you can see the people's hobbies, passions and sometimes even work things within (things like surfing, theatre, music, collecting cute stuff, making hats, etc.). There [...]

    2. Photography book of cluttered Tokyo apartments, illustrating messy everyday life and various approaches.Physical format: despite being entirely color photographs edge-to-edge, Tokyo: A Certain Style had a MSRP of just $13. Unfortunately, this came at the compromise of being extremely small - the book could easily fit into a large pocket as it measures 6 by 4 inches. (In comparison to my other two photograph books on hand, Light’s Moon and 100 Suns, each page has ~1/4 and ~1/7th the area respec [...]

    3. This book has been on my TBR list for a while and a dear friend gave me a copy as a gift. We are both passionate about Japan. This was interesting, informative and fun. It's amazing how much the population of Tokyo can cram into their small apartments. I love it! I'd fit right in because my own home is a magnet for clutter. I loved seeing all their collections and clever ways of getting the most into the space that they have. Surprisingly, many people even use their bathrooms for storage and go [...]

    4. As someone who has lived most of my life in very small furnished rooms, I cherish this book. Something about the apartments in this book evokes casual acceptance of a world overflowing with pop culture junk, but at the same time some of them casually keeping aloof from that world denying their interest in decor, just letting things stay as they are in themselves. What is amazing about the book is the way it invites you to compare the photos to your own apartment, and how even though your junk ag [...]

    5. I have the original Japanese edition of this book, so I wasn't able to read all of the small paragraphs describing some of the photos, but they largely speak for themselves. I'm unreservedly obsessed with Japan and Japanese culture, and their famous tiny living spaces have always been high on my list of wonders. I have much experience from my 20's living in a rented room where I had everything that is needed there for living except the bathroom, which was an adjacent room. I can make a meal with [...]

    6. 3.5 stars This book is primarily a collection of photographs, supported by minimal text, that shows the Tokyo living spaces of about 100 people around 1997. It makes the point that living spaces are quite small and require creative management of belongings. The book is done well and was an eye opener for these Western eyes.

    7. Wohnen in Tokyo, aber nicht Technologie, Postmoderne oder Wabi und Sabi, sondern normale Zimmerlandschaften. Die meisten bestehen nur aus einem Raum und vielleicht einer Küche, manchmal ein Bad, die Waschmaschine auf dem Balkon oder draußen auf der Straße. Soll man eine große Wohnung haben, oder den Platz reduzieren (eine ausgerollte Matte reicht ja zum Schlafen) und seine Nachbarschaft als verlängerte Wohnung nutzen? Der Cockpit effect, wenn man alles in Griffweite hat. Sakae Osugi: "Beaut [...]

    8. My husband and I had so much fun reading this little book when I brought it home. Since then, I've read it so many times that the binding finally fell apart and I needed to order another copy! The pictures are wonderful and the text is really fun and interesting. I always love to get an intimate peek at how people really live in other parts of the world, especially the beautiful and fascinating country of Japan. This book is really something special. I've never come across anything like it befor [...]

    9. Almost intimate insights into cramped, cluttered, partly messy, partly well-organized homes including toilets with the typical fluffy toilet-only slippers in front, enriched by short written introductions to who lives there and what is his or her occupation. I love it. It is like being invited to visit and explore. Why don't you do the next project set in the county-side, Mr. Tsuzuki? When I pass those village-dwellings in Japan, my knuckles itch from refraining to knock and look.My only complai [...]

    10. This little book is like an adult's version of children's "I Spy" books. Every time I look at it, I'll see a new, interesting, and inventive approach to living and organizing your stuff amidst serious space constraints.

    11. I love this book. Got it at a store in Portland, OR.d I always have a great time thumbing through it very small and very jam packed with images of apartments in Tokyo One gets inspired.ry creative.d inspirational.

    12. It is a truly enjoyable, interesting and easily engaging book. Weirdly I also enjoyed the pocket size element of it – I carried it around and poured over it when I could grab a few minutes here and there.There are broadly themed sections – apartments with kids, for example, or excessive collectors, or old-fashioned architecture. Typically, the apartments are very, very small with tiny kitchenettes, maybe a bath or sink. Some don’t have that and instead visit the local bathhouse and shared [...]

    13. Photographs of (often tiny) Tokyo living spaces around the mid 90's. The occupants we're asked not to tidy up and to keep their living spaces lived-in. Occasionally, you'll see ingenious use of space, but usually just clutter as people struggle to fit their lives into the tiny rooms - not the Japanese aesthetic you might expect.Each photograph is accompanied by a small piece of text which, with a sprinkling of dry wit, gives just enough information to make you wonder about the occupants and thei [...]

    14. I have written more reviews in my head this year than have made it onto , so I'm trying to shape up.I adored this. When the Kondo Marie book came out, people who knew I'd lived in Japan were constantly discussing it with me - so this is how Japanese people keep those lovely Zen little living spaces! My own mother goes on and on about Japanese design and how clean and tidy everything is.This book tells it like it is. Japan is a small island country, Tokyo is a packed city of over ten million peop [...]

    15. I was intrigued by a passing reference to Tokyo: A Certain Style in one of the essays in Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson. This interesting little photo book debunks the popular perception (promulgated by other photo books and design magazine profiles) that tiny Tokyo apartments are all tasteful, tranquil Zen Bonsai garden meditation retreats. Tsuzuki shows that the Japanese are just as awash in the tsunami of modern consumer kipple as the rest of us. The apartment with the coll [...]

    16. Book 01/2011.Tokyo: A Certain Style was a book I'd been wanting for quite a long time - basically, it's a photo album of apartments (well, yes, and some houses) located right in Tokyo. It might shock you for the sheer smallness of the spaces and the absurd amount of clutter stuck inside them.It's a huge contrast with the two architectural extremes we usually associate with Japan: either shrines surrounded by cherry blossoms, or a sterile, uninteresting modernity. This book breaks away from all t [...]

    17. Most guides to style are, well, highly stylized. If one were showing off the Japanese approach to home design, it would be a collaboration of the best designers and the most tasteful homeowners that are shown off.That's not the case with this little photo essay from the 1990s.Tokyo: A Certain Style shows off the tine one and two room aparments in Tokyo and how the owners make them work for the way they live. Some are cluttered near disaster areas. Others are a PhD course in organization.Though a [...]

    18. This is really a great little book for getting an inside view of how some people live in Tokyo. These are small apartments, and there is a lot of making do going on here. There's no styling going on in these photos, this is just as people are living. It was particularly interesting to learn about many of these older style apartments and how they have shared bathrooms and sometimes no bathrooms at all when located near a public bathhouse. Other apartments have incredibly small kitchenettes or kit [...]

    19. My folks and I got multiple copies of this little book back in 2001 when we were planning a family trip to Japan. Because the terrorist attacks, we never did end up taking the trip. This is still a nice look at life in Tokyo, as well as a guide to creative living in small spaces. Even among all the clutter and chaos, you can get a good sense of each subject's personality and passions. A great coffee table book, regardless of the coffee table's size.

    20. I love this book, it's fabulous.I bought it at an art museum and I have never regretted it. I carry it around (it's so tiny!) on road trips it's an easy to tote distraction. I never get tired of looking at it.

    21. intensely interesting, i don't know why i haven't seen more books like this, just shots and shots of ordinary home interiors my friends pored through it to the point where the book was destroyed, but that's okay and i found another one.

    22. My kids and I will sit down for a good deal of time just turning page after page looking out for new discoveries and a glance into the lives of other people and families and how their homes compare and contrast to our own home.

    23. I love this book -- picked up a copy several years ago and just went through it again. Not only does it provide a look at a Tokyo that we certainly rarely see in movies or anime, but (and perhaps this explains my love for this little book) it also puts my own clutter into perspective.

    24. Fun! A tiny art book of photographs of the tiny, cramped, ingenious living spaces of Tokyoites. It's Tokyo life as it's actually led, filled with fascinating tiny appliances and occasionally unapologetically messy.

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