I spoke with a friend who mentioned that he liked simple minimalistic design.   The first thing I asked him was whether it was Japanese style or modern style. I think they do go a little bit hand in hand as some of the principles are the same. Hence the reason for this blog.   Japanese architecture has traditionally been typified by wooden structures, elevated slightly off the ground, with tiled or thatched roofs. Sliding doors (fusuma) were used in place of walls, allowing the internal configuration of a space to be customized for different occasions. You can see how this is intriguing to me.   Japanese Kitchen Design The secret of Japanese kitchen design lies in its order and simplicity. Each element serves a function and nothing is out of place.. Clean and clutter-free is a reflection of Japanese culture. Come join me and let’s discover how to incorporate this type of design in our kitchens.

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Japanese style kitchen with shoji screens and low dining.

Photograph taken from pinterest – archimags.com. Dining area is an extension of the kitchen and has low seating.   Open layout   Embracing the Zen philosophy, a Japanese kitchen layout only includes what is necessary. The kitchen should have a seamless space for food preparation, cooking and eating. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? In a Japanese kitchen, you can stand in one place and you will be able to see everything from the sink counter, the preparation table and the dining area.   An open layout is what you can expect. This type of kitchen becomes a central area where all family members come together to enjoy the meal.   Minimalist Elements   Are you a person who likes a clutter-free kitchen?   Japanese kitchens stick to a minimalist design which only incorporates straight lines. Upon entering the kitchen, there is a serene effect with all the horizontal lines allowing your eyes to relax and your spirit to calm down. In traditional Japanese style, the people sit cross-legged on the floor in front of a low table.  For a modern Japanese kitchen, you can opt for conventional high chairs but use simple table setting decor to experiment on this minimalist design. Instead of orchids with large petals as a centerpiece, you can use potted plants with straight vertical stems and leaves.

Simple clean lines with an open concept. Modern kitchen from fernwoodfarmhouse.com
Simple clean lines with an open concept. Modern kitchen from fernwoodfarmhouse.com

 Modern kitchen is sleek, simple, clutter free and very zen like. Picture found on fernwoodfarmhouse.com   Tranquil Ambience   What I love about Japanese kitchens is the cozy, earthy and clean ambience. The dining area usually opens up to an outdoor garden with a beautiful yet simple fountain. Imagine eating with your family while listening to the cascading water of the fountain outside. It’s refreshing and incredibly relaxing to go home and have dinner in such a serene place. The use of earth colors such as light browns, shades of green and gray makes it a perfect natural setting.   The simple hanging lamps made of native materials illuminate the kitchen and dining area as one cohesive space. If you want a decorative Japanese element in your kitchen, you can use shoji screens. Best way to experience the culture is by visiting an elegant Japanese restaurant.

Gion Japanese restaurant
Gion Japanese restaurant

Go to an authentic restaurant and be inspired with a Japanese kitchen design. It will not only show you how the Japanese design their interiors, you will also taste Japanese culture, literally and figuratively. You will find that each and every element is simple and significant which is exactly what Japanese culture is all about.

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