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Tokyo: A Certain Styleby Kyoichi Tsuzuki
"Imagine tiptoeing down the hall in your apartment building to peek into a half-opened door. No one appears to be home. Who might live here? So maybe not everyone has these kinds of snooping fantasies. But if you're even mildly interested in how other people really live, this is a great book to pore through. This isn't a book about decorating. It's kind of about 'stuff' and 'space,' especially when there's a whole bunch of one trying to fit into not-too-much of the other. The Tokyo homes Tsuzuki photographed are some of the smallest quarters I've seen outside of dorm rooms. Having lived in several studio apartments, a 'grandma' cottage, a one-room school house, and a converted chicken coop, small spaces appeal to me. It's fun to peer into this other world, completely emptied of people, and imagine living there too."
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Ah, think of the serene gardens, tatami mats, Zeninspired dZcor, sliding doors, and shoji screens of the typical Japanese home. Think again. Tokyo: A Certain Style, the minisized decor book with a difference, shows how, for those living in one of the world?s most expensive and densely packed metropolises, closetsized 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 objets 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 entertaining 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, pocketsized format — the perfect coffee table book for people with really small apartments.
One of the world's most densely packed urban areas features micro-apartments, mini and modular everything, and rooms filled to the rafters with electronics, books, and clothes. Tsuzuki captures it all in this full-color look at modern life in Japan.
A fascinating tour of the urban landscape and interiors of Tokyo, Japan, captures in hundreds of full-color photographs the tiny crowded apartments of one of the world's most densely populated metropolises. Original.
Photographer Kyoichi Tsuzuki rode his scooter all over Tokyo snapping shots of how urban Japanese really live. He reveals the real Tokyo style: micro-apartments, mini and modular everything crammed into a space where every inch counts.'
About the Author
Kyoichi Tsuzuki has written extensively for Japanese publications about art, architecture, and travel, and has also written several books on the same subjects. He was born, raised, and educated in Tokyo, where he still lives.
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