Kawaii House Interior

27 Nov

Kawaii House Inrterior
16/JUL/2011 on air

NIGO is a fashion director of A Bathing Ape who loves to modify vintage furniture from 1950’s. In this episode, Tokyo Kawaii TV shows how Japanese young people live in an unique interior.

A 33-year-old man who works as a sports instructor modified his 3 bedroom like a Japanese garden. He placed stones in the 6 Jo (=6 tatami mats) room by himself. His house is totally decorated in Japanese style. The blissful moment is when he relaxes with a drink in this room.

A 26-year-old woman who works as a dokumo (an amateur fashion model from subscribers of the fashion magazine) modified a 3 bedroom apartment by herself. The theme of her room is adult-Hime room. She’s spent 1 million yen so far to buy rococo furniture so it should match the interior image. She used to be a Yamanba Gyaru but now she is a beautiful princess. But you’ll never guess her main job as a driver of a trailer!

At a Hobby Show 2011, Girl’s DIY attracted people in this year. DIY Joshi-bu is a club from women who love DIY. Mr. Ikki and Beni-chan modified a 1000yen chair to something unique.

Tokyo cool room file No.1
A room in a colorful wall paper. It’s Mika Ninagawa‘s room. It’s actually her works that she used for wall paper! She thinks it’s important what surrounds her.

Tokyo cool room file No.2
This shared house is very unique. It’s a 20-year-old building that has recently renovated. The house has 11 mobile boxes for 11 people who share this house. Each box has 3J (3 tatami mats) and its monthly rent is 53,000 yen. It’s up to the resident how he or she wants to decorate inside the box. They can even hold a party in a large space that can hold about 50 people at a time, when all the boxes are moved to the other side of the space. Basically the house is for creators for their creative interaction.

Tokyo cool room file No.3
30-year-old 2 bedroom apartment was totally renovated by a housewife. This housewife visited Bordeaux (France) several times to study how the antique furniture in a farm house looks like. Then she studied how to paint furniture with antique taste. “Antique furniture is very expensive in Japan, but when I made antique-look furniture by myself, it was fun! It doesn’t cost much and I can do it as I like.” She has been introduced in a magazine and she is popular among housewives who love this taste.

Morimayu-chan works as a sales assistant as well as a blogger. But her room is messed up.

Kojimagic, a comedian who also is good at making use of the goods from 100 yen shop to make cabinets and storage, helped place a dressing table in the room after cleaning it up for over 4 hours. He put 2 shelves together and placed 2 drawers: one for summer clothing and the other for winter clothing. What’s interesting is that he used goods from 100 yen shop in a different way from how they are normally used.

Some people who are working in an interior industry check up 30 cheap chairs that are priced between 3,000-4,000 yen.
They’ve published MONOQLO magazine to provide the readers with how to distinguish between the good and the bad especially among low-priced furniture brands such as IKEA, Nitori, and Muji (Mujirushi). Of course, these companies are unhappy about this magazine.

Tokyo cool room file No.4
A studio room with a monthly rent of 84,000 yen, in Tokyo.
This room is decorated in French taste. A wall is painted with chalkboard paint. A woman who lives in this room has never been out of Japan but she wishes to check out flea markets in France, buy some furniture there and open her shop in Japan in the future.

Tokyo cool room file No.5
A studio room with a monthly rent of 70,000 yen, in Tokyo.
This room is full of figures. It’s Maruyacco‘s room.

Kirin’s opinion:
I remember some of the readers mentioned they want to see house interiors in Tokyo. The rooms introduced in this episode are so unique but it’s true some people pursue the taste they like this much. It’s so much fun to look at interior magazines and plan or do something about one’s own house. Nitori for example has become so successful because their reasonable priced furniture, window treatments, and etc. are appreciated by the majority of people during the current economic slump. I know a lot more decent furniture brands but their products are too expensive considering how our economy situation is. Reasonable furniture, clothing and food are strong in Japan now, due to economic downturn.

About the house rent, it’s common in Tokyo to pay 70,000-80,000 or even 100,000 yen monthly to rent a small studio room with a tiny kitchen and a small sink combined with a small bathroom. House share was not popular 10-15 years ago, but lately it’s no longer. There are many nice shared houses in Tokyo and people love it because it’s cheap and fun.

Disclaimer: Tokyo Kawaii TV is a TV program owned and broadcasted by NHK Japan, and has nothing to do with this blog.

***There are archives of episodes listed under the page titled “Tokyo Kawaii TV” that is just located under the title banner of this blog.
***If you want to know the music that was used in the episode, please refer to this page and help yourself to find it by selecting the date when the episode was on air in Japan.


24 Responses to “Kawaii House Interior”

  1. best gifts for men November 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    wow.. i will mine a garden too…love it!

  2. Lucas Harvey November 28, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Are you painting the interior, exterior, or both? Are you doing it yourself or
    hiring a professional?

    • kirin November 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      When we paint wall by ourselves, that'd be interior. For exterior painting, we need to call for a specialist. DIY over here is not as common as U.S.

  3. Angel November 28, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Thanks for uploading another episode! ❤ This is a really cool episode. I liked seeing all the rooms!
    I really liked all the rooms, they were really fun!

    I need that comedian man to come help me clean my room!! Lol. My room is messy just like hers was…><;
    It was cool that she got Beni's stool!

    I was surprised by the very last room. That is so much anime stuff! I wouldn't be able to sleep in there, I'd be afraid something would fall on my head!! I wouldn't have known that was a man except his voice was deep. What was that costume he was wearing though? His character? Kind of bizarre, but interesting too!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • kirin November 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      I don't know what that costume he was wearing was. Yeah he looks bizarre but he must be a fun person to talk to. 🙂

  4. Maneki Neko (MN) November 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    WOW Morimayu-chan's room!!! She had soy sauce beside her bed lol. I loved that transformation though, especially how they used the two shelves together to store clothes, that's a great idea and I want to do that some day. That gave me a lot of great ideas, I want that comedian to come help me too. My place isn't messy so much as we have lots of stuff but no where to put it. 😦

    What does Maruyacco do if all that stuff fell down? Ahhh.

    The Monoqlo thing was crazy, I read that as I sit in my ikea chair writing on my ikea desk. With my ikea bookshelves. ._.

    • kirin November 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      I've never read Monoqlo magazine but I think they don't just criticize those brands. I think they pick up some furniture from those brands to tell us which one is a good deal for the price but which one is not. ^ ^;;

  5. kaorukreations November 29, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    thanks for sharing this episode! very cool…i like th "hime heya" the best! i want that too~

    Japanese people are sooo creative! I really like the fact that they up-cycle used items! its very environment-free to!
    I think everyone should do their part to save the environment!

    i think i need a makeover from Kojimagic san too!

    the last room with anime figures, is pretty creepy….Maruyacco is a guy too right?

  6. Ms.Godzilla November 29, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Arigatou, this was super fun! I love interior decorating.
    I also live in a sharehouse in Tokyo, and must admit it is more fun (and cheaper) than living alone!

    • kirin December 3, 2011 at 1:34 am #

      Douitashimashite. Oh, you already live in a shared house in Tokyo! ^ ^

  7. JosephineOlson November 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Wow! The interior house is nice. It's simple but elegant to see. Love it. Try to imitate that design in the future. 🙂

  8. Apple December 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks Kirin for uploading this episode! I've been looking at a lot of interior design magazines recently. I especially enjoy Japan's and France's room/shop interior ideas!

    This episode gave me a lot of inspiration! I've been throwing away many things recently to make more space for my room. After seeing what Kojimagic san did, I became really excited. I kept thinking of ways to apply his ideas in my room. He's very clever in creating and using space!!!

    I have 2 Cutie Room Interior magazines. Maybe I can do a post on some clever room interior ideas! ^^

    • kirin December 3, 2011 at 1:39 am #

      Oh then it was the right timing to you. ^ ^

  9. zulia December 17, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    where is the video?, I only see pictures

    • kirin December 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

      Sorry, the video is replaced by the pictures. It's only available for the first several days after the post is released.

  10. nariko January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I watched this video when you first posted it and never got to thank you properly for sharing!
    Just yesterday and today I actually followed a lot of the tips to re-organising my items!

    You can see them here: http://theparfaitprincey.wordpress.com/2012/01/06

    Thanks so much for sharing with us always! ^_^

    • kirin January 6, 2012 at 2:40 am #

      Thank you for sharing your own experience with us. ^_- You did a good job!

  11. zulia January 8, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    that's too bad! really wanted to see that episode, is there another website where I can see it? I also just lost the last episode lol

    • kirin January 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Unfortunately no. Well, someone else may have it somewhere but in this website, due to some kind of problem, I cannot keep videos any more.

  12. Danish January 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Is there anywhere else i can watch or download? I live in denmark, and have no possibility of getting or watching the videos.. And i've completely fallen in love with the show years ago..

    • kirin January 16, 2012 at 1:23 am #

      Sorry it involves some technical issue.

  13. Eli February 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    i don't see the video, please where is it ???

    • kirin February 9, 2012 at 12:14 am #

      Sorry, no video is available.

  14. Zhenchik April 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm #


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