Check Out These Popular, 95-Square-Foot Apartments in Tokyo

Apartments in the US are getting smaller and prices are rising. But even the smallest studios in New York City can’t compete with the 95-square-foot spaces that young Tokyo residents want to move into, according to the New York Times.

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A tiny apartment by Spilytus developing cheap small apartments in Tokyo, Japan.

According to data analysis by commercial real estate firm Yardi Matrix and Rent Cafe, the average studio apartment in the United States was 941 square feet in 2018. The study goes on to find that the average rent in new homes has increased by 28% since 2008 – while size has decreased by 5%.

Residents of Tokyo’s tiny dwellings sleep on raised platforms, store their clothes on curtain rods, and use the extremely limited floor space for activities such as sports and video games.

One person, Asumi Fujiwara, told The New York Times that when she does yoga in front of the toilet, she can’t fully perform every pose due to lack of space, but it’s worth having her own space.

These compact units cost a few hundred dollars less than the average-sized studio in the same areas, ranging from $340 to $630 a month, according to the Times.

A similar loft-style apartment in New York City near Times Square went viral on TikTok last month for costing just $650 in a neighborhood where rents can reach $4,300, according to Zumber .

This ultra-small apartment phenomenon in Tokyo was previously reported by The Japan Times in 2019 and by academic Japan-focused media outlet Nippon in 2020.

Nakama Keisuke, CEO of Spilytus, a top company that makes these types of housing, told Nippon that he was inspired to build these types of units when he commuted and worked late and just needed a convenient place to be closer to office to live.

A resident of these spaces also told the NYT that the low cost of living made it worth parting with a collection of expensive sneakers that didn’t fit the space.

Also, people in Japan don’t usually host their friends in their homes, the outlet added.

Fujiwara noted that she hadn’t had her romantic partner with her in the nearly two years she lived there.

“This room is for me,” she said.

And there doesn’t appear to be any leveling off in demand for tiny apartments, Spilytus told the Times, adding that it has over 1,500 residents in 100 buildings.

College student Yugo Kinoshita told the Times the space is perfect for him because he can fall asleep immediately after his late shifts at a restaurant and study at the coffee table/desk in his living room.

The best part, adds Kinoshita, is that he can only clean his floor with a lint roller.

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