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Old May 28th, 2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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What are the types of normal residential housing in Japan?

I see lots of mid-rise buildings from the Japanese urban photos.
I guess most of them are office buildings, or are they mostly residential apartments? Or a mixture?
In large cities like Tokyo and Osaka, where do most people live? mid-rise apartments mixed with CBD highrises or suburban houses? Do rich people tend to live in apartments in the city or houses?
My Japanese housemate told me that an ordinary Japanese family usually lives in a single house with a very tiny back yard in the suburbs(or small towns). Is that true?
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Old May 28th, 2005, 06:16 PM   #2
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Old May 28th, 2005, 07:04 PM   #3
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^Do most people live in apartments like those? They look very luxerious....But I'm more interested in ordinary Japanese homes. Anyway thanks for the pictures*
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Old May 28th, 2005, 07:32 PM   #4
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^Do most people live in apartments like those? They look very luxerious....But I'm more interested in ordinary Japanese homes. Anyway thanks for the pictures*
How do you mean by ordinary Japanese homes? These are the ordinary Japanese homes.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 08:37 PM   #5
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Ordinary people living in Roppongi hills, eh? This coming from a guy who calls me one of the poor Chinks who will not be able to afford expensive cars forever.

Alex Pox, your friends are probably right. The endless suburbs consist of moderately-sized single houses and apartment complexes (these tend to be modestly sized, not sprawling areas of identical buildings). I have a friend who's in an exchange program in Japan right now, so she's got me posted on her living environs. with many "ordinary" Japanese families and students.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 09:59 PM   #6
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The ordinary people are living in Roppongi Hills and commute to the companies or schools. 4,500,000 ($45,000) yen per month is really nothing. The rich people in Japan are living in huge houses and villas with big garden and swimming pool, which are even more expensive.
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Old May 29th, 2005, 03:39 AM   #7
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$45,000 per month is really nothing.
You are out of this world.
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I don't really believe what DoubleR said......sorry about that, I just feel that way~
I think if the majority of people live in apartments, these ones in the pictures are obviously too luxerious for most of them. One of my friend's been to Tokyo, and she said I couldn't imagine how small their apartments are....even smaller than those in Hong Kong. I guess they have to try their best to save space. I know Japanese people make a lot of money(some people don't have to show off, please~), but things in Japan are extremely expensive too~especially when we talk about luxerious apartments in innner Tokyo. I'm just not sure whether people tend to live in houses or apartments...
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Old May 29th, 2005, 10:19 AM   #9
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so what you are saying DoubleR is that the average Japanese person is a millionaire. That is wrong.

Us Londoners earn a higher wage than Tokyoites
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I love the Japanese condo towers....soo tall and soo many of them. On okinawa we just have midrise ones....10-20 stories mostly.
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I love the Japanese condo towers....soo tall and soo many of them. On okinawa we just have midrise ones....10-20 stories mostly.
So is that the common residential housing type in your area?
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Do you like Doraemon? Nobita's is the typical family house.
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Do you like Doraemon? Nobita's is the typical family house.
そうか。。But isn't that like a small town? What about people in cities like Tokyo? What about those midrise buildings in the photos? Are they office blocks or apartments?
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There are tons of apartment midrises in Tokyo and other major cities, but most people live in houses.
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My Japanese housemate told me that an ordinary Japanese family usually lives in a single house with a very tiny back yard in the suburbs(or small towns). Is that true?
Very true.
Aside from residential towers in big cities, which are on the rise in numbers recently, the Japanses really dislike living in apartments unlike Koreans and Chinese.
Even a small house (but except large city area such as Tokyo and Osaka, the house in Japan is not so small compared with the one in Europe), people prefer to live in a single house rather than in an apartment.
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One of my friend's been to Tokyo, and she said I couldn't imagine how small their apartments are....even smaller than those in Hong Kong. I guess they have to try their best to save space.
In Tokyo, there are of course some horrible areas. Why do you use these bad examples as if representing Tokyo itself? I'd say Edogawa, Katsushika and Adachi wards are particularly terrible. Dirty, crammed up and polluted. I would say they have some of the worst living conditions in Japan. Yet they are very expensive. It's completely rip off. But these apartments in the pictures I posted (originally posted by fairladyZ) all are in central Tokyo. They are expensive but really deserve the price you have to pay. It's some of the best standard of life in the world you can imagine to live in those places. Remember in 80s (Tokyo still is the most expensive city in the world) we could virtually buy the United States by Tokyo 23 wards property price. If you don't have enough money, you should simply avoid living in Tokyo but better living in the suburbs if you are to commute or study in Tokyo.

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There are tons of apartment midrises in Tokyo and other major cities, but most people live in houses.
those apartments are for a single person, newly-married couple or low-income earners.
They always wish to escape from such a commie block.
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Old May 29th, 2005, 05:09 PM   #19
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it rather surprises me that many Japanese AND Koreans live in independent houses, guess it's still not as densly populated as say HK or eastern coast of China.
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I just want to take a moment to say that the shots of those exotic cars (particularly the white Ferrari F50) are the best part of this thread.
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