In Pics: Less is More Inside Japan’s Minimalistic Homes
Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki demonstrates where she reads in her room in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)
Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki demonstrates where she reads in her room in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)

In Pics: Less is More Inside Japan’s Minimalistic Homes

Minimalism or the practise of only owning things you need is spreading through Japan, and how. It’s cheaper, less anxiety-inducing and much safer if you live in a dangerously earthquake prone area.

Influenced by the spare aesthetic of Japan’s traditional Zen Buddhism, these minimalists buck the norm in a fervently consumerist society by dramatically paring down their possessions. Influenced by them, Quint Lens brings to you, a carefully curated Reuters photo feature from inside the simple and classic homes of these minimalists.

Glasses and spices sit on a shelf in the apartment of minimalist Saeko Kushibiki in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters) 
Glasses and spices sit on a shelf in the apartment of minimalist Saeko Kushibiki in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters) 
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Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki stores away her futon mattress in her apartment in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)
Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki stores away her futon mattress in her apartment in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)
Utensils lie in a kitchen drawer in the home of minimalist Saeko Kushibiki in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Utensils lie in a kitchen drawer in the home of minimalist Saeko Kushibiki in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki demonstrates where she reads in her room in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)
Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki demonstrates where she reads in her room in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)
The bathroom of minimalist Fumio Sasaki is seen in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters) 
The bathroom of minimalist Fumio Sasaki is seen in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters) 
Clothes hang in the wardrobe of minimalist Katsuya Toyoda in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Clothes hang in the wardrobe of minimalist Katsuya Toyoda in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Minimalist Fumio Sasaki uses a wet wipe to clean the floor in his room in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters)
Minimalist Fumio Sasaki uses a wet wipe to clean the floor in his room in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters)
Belongings lie in a drawer in the home of minimalist Katsuya Toyoda in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Belongings lie in a drawer in the home of minimalist Katsuya Toyoda in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Minimalist Katsuya Toyoda demonstrates how he sleeps in his room in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Minimalist Katsuya Toyoda demonstrates how he sleeps in his room in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Toothbrushes are seen in the bathroom of the apartment of minimalist Naoki Numahata in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Toothbrushes are seen in the bathroom of the apartment of minimalist Naoki Numahata in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
A kitchen counter is seen in the apartment of minimalist Naoki Numahata in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
A kitchen counter is seen in the apartment of minimalist Naoki Numahata in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Two-and-a-half year old Ei, the daughter of minimalist Naoki Numahata, sits in the family living-room in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 
Two-and-a-half year old Ei, the daughter of minimalist Naoki Numahata, sits in the family living-room in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters) 

(All images and caption text have been taken from Reuters’ inputs.)

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