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32 Photos Depicting Minimalist Japanese Life

 Minimalism, which is a movement to encourage people around the world to just keep what they need and nothing more, is taking hold everywhere - especially in Japan. Coupled with the pronounced influence of Zen Buddhism in that country, which instills a desire for simplicity, minimalism just makes sense there because it's impractical to keep a bunch of expensive possessions in a region that's so earthquake-prone. Take a look at the aesthetic of minimalism as it's taking shape in Japan: 
 
1. Sleeping on a futon on a tatami floor has long been the norm in Japan. 
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2. There's not much in a minimalist's fridge... 
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3. Just the bare essentials can be found in the bathroom. 
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4. The most austere of bathrooms? 
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5. How to store toothbrushes when you don't have a sink counter.
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6. Window ledges also make great storage spaces. 
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7. No nook or cranny is left unused. 
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8. Just one person in the household? Simply keep one of everything. 
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9. That's where the futon goes when she isn't using it. 
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10. Just a desk and a chair reside in this living room. 
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11. Sometimes, there isn't even a chair in a Japanese living room. 
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12. Simplicity is the name of the game. 
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13. Simplicity, however, doesn't have to be devoid of beauty... 
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14. A lack of furniture means more floor space to enjoy. 
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15. Kitchen counters are easy to clean when there's less stuff on them. 
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16. Minimalism expressed through fixtures and fittings. 
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17. Fewer items in the first place make the ones you're looking for easier to find. 
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18. Everything's easily within reach. 
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19. In fact, hanging things on hooks is a popular storage method among minimalists. 
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20. Minimalism dictates that objects that belong together are stored together. 
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21. It's an excellent way of de-cluttering your life... 
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22. ...and your mind. 
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23. Everything in a minimalist home has a place and a purpose. 
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24. Sometimes, minimalists have to make do without a mop... 
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25. There's no denying that there's a beauty in having just what you need. 
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26. No distractions = mental clarity. 
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27. There's never any confusion when deciding which pot to use for which dish. 
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28. There's no competition between windows and decorations. 
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29. What would you like in your tea? 
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30. In this case, dark socks are laid out on the floor, but there are only four pairs of them... 
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31. Your possessions take on a life of their own. 
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32. Empty space speaks louder than reams of stuff. 
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