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September 18, 2021

Japanese work from home mini-office

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[The Hanare Zen is a 36-inch-wide and 71-inch-long home office that aims to help workers in Japan as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps them out of the office.]

I like it.

From the Guardian:

Japanese design is renowned for its minimalism, and for keeping things simple and uncluttered.

So it's no surprise that a leading housebuilder is trying to tackle the lack of space for pandemic-era working from home by marketing a tiny home-office building that can be constructed adjacent to houses in just two days, fine weather permitting.

The so-called Hanare Zen is a 91cm-wide and 1.8 metre-long building equipped with power sockets, a counter-type desk, and very little else.

KI Star Real Estate, a popular housebuilder, began taking orders for the Hanare Zen on September 6, hoping to find a market among those struggling to work in cramped homes.

Hanare means separate or detached in Japanese, while Zen is written in both the Chinese character for Zen Buddhism and the alphabet.

"We had already created the Hanare building as a kind of storage space, and with the situation in the pandemic, the idea came about to develop the Hanare Zen as a work space," said Chisa Uchiyama, a spokesperson for KI Star Real Estate. "The use of 'Zen' in the name represents the minimalist concept of stripping down the size and features to only what is necessary.

"It is designed for people who have difficulty in finding a comfortable space to work in their home and don't want to get in the way of their family," added Uchiyama.

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[A single chair fits snugly inside the tiny office.]

The Hanare Zen costs 547,800 yen ($4,992) and is available in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures.

Order here.

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