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  • Japanese home buyers offered ‘test stays’
  • Japanese home buyers offered ‘test stays’
    michell zappa (2008) ©

Japanese home buyers offered ‘test stays’

We can try out most things before we buy them, whether it's an iPhone or a new car. But when it comes to homes – one of the most important purchases we'll make – we're usually only allowed a brief tour before making that crucial decision. But in Japan that's no longer the case.



  • Article image PIRCH: try out a bath before you buy it

    Home improvement stores are rarely a joy to walk around. Sprawling shop floors packed with rack upon rack of disconnected fixtures make for a pretty miserable Sunday shopping trip. But in a PIRCH showroom, customers can take a shower or cook up a storm, all while they're still in store.

  • Article image DIY-tool.com: remodelling the Japanese home

    With more than ¥1 million in monthly sales, DIY-tool.com is catering to the rapid uptake of DIY in Japan. Shifting attitudes towards the home have enabled people to see how DIY can be both useful and enjoyable. But in a society that fetishises the new, what’s the appeal of fixing up the old?

  • Article image GU Fitting: borrow a bag before you buy

    Nearly 50% of people return clothes bought online, for reasons from the wrong fit to not liking the colour. But what if you could experience owning things without having to buy them first? The GU Fitting service in Japan lets people try an outfit for a day before paying for it.

  • The home designed to bring you to tears The home designed to bring you to tears

    Though it's most commonly associated with misery, research shows that crying has the ability to reduce stress and even keep people healthy. With this in mind, Japanese architects have introduced Ruikatsu Shien Jutaku – literally translated as 'weeping activity support homes'.