by Sharon, May 30, 2005 3:25 PM
"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."