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The changing face of Japanese homes

Interior design is adapting to the circumstances of the post-pandemic world

The shape of things to come? Polygon House, Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture, Makoto Yamaguchi, 2003. (Courtesy of Makoto Yamaguchi/Photo © Koichi Torimura)

TOKYO -- If global design magazines offer any guide, there is a widespread international view that Japanese people live in homes with monochromatic color palettes and little or no furniture.

Shorna-Kay Richards, the Jamaican ambassador to Japan, told me recently that before her posting she thought all Japanese homes would have a minimalistic look. In fact, she says, "That is not necessarily the case. There is such a variety and people's tastes are so rich and diverse."

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