This is a blog about Japanese housing by Philip Brasor and Masako Tsubuku.


  1. Patrice NAEJ · November 24, 2010

    Since 2 years I’m searching informations about Housing in Japan, from people’s real life.

    I think your blog is THE Blog that I searched.

    I really love it Very very much !

    I really thanks you a lot to have build this blog.

    Best regards,

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  2. Edward Craddock (@edwardcraddock) · November 6, 2011

    Even in this age of information the important information about living in Japan is hard to obtain. I was fortunate to learn about this blog from a Japanese colleague. It would not be right if I didn’t thank you for sharing your experiences. I have learned a lot in a short time and look forward to reading more in the future.


  3. Jeffrey · February 9, 2012

    Have you two looked into golf courses recently? Like everything else during the Bubble, their numbers grew as did the price of playing the things with memberships even trading like stocks.

    I haven’t read anything about how they are fairing, but I would imagine than many have closed, and not just those at failed resorts.



  4. Bob Black · December 4, 2016

    Thank you for the valuable information. I have a question. I recently bought a house with about 600 tsubo just on the outskirts of where the town I live in is heavily developing (the “newest” parts of town are about 800 meters from my house. The house/land is also on a main road heading into the development heavy town development. The land is currently zoned as “choseikuiki”. My question is this: If the area where my property is gets rezoned into a shigaika chōsei kuiki, will that result in my being able to sell the land to others building houses? My confusion comes from how that transition takes place. Is it done per plot of land, or is it done for a whole “area”. Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you soon.


  5. Tom · August 2, 2018

    Hi both. Just a quick message to say thanks for the awesome blog. It has been inspiration to us in our decision to build a place down in Osaka. We’ve actually started a blog ourselves about the experience and I’ve put a link to your (much more comprehensive!) site on there too for readers who want to find out more. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks again. Best wishes, Tom and Yuko


  6. Chamrock · February 14, 2020

    Hi Philip and Masako, I’m a big fan of your blog. You often discuss landlord and tenants rights and obligations so I wanted to ask you if you know about an association or body that protects consumer (tenants) rights in Japan. My personal case in a nutshell : the water heater was turned off in the apartment I’m renting because it was causing a leak into the neighbor’s apartment. It’s been over two weeks but all I hear from the agency is that they’re doing all they can and it might be over a month before I can use hot water again. I called the Tokyo Metropolitan Comprehensive Consumer Center who essentially told me that all I can do is wait and that the landlord may decide (or not) to give compensation. I’m guessing there must be a law or a way to enforce tenants rights but I can’t find it. Thank you!


    • catforehead · February 14, 2020

      The only law in Japan with regard to tenants rights is that the landlord cannot kick you out of your dwelling without a valid reason. Everything else is supposed to be addressed in the rental agreement, so read through your rental agreement to see if there is any obligation on the landlord’s side to recompense you for your inconvenience. In this instance, it sounds as if the matter is the agency’s responsibility. There is a tenants’ rights group in Tokyo–Tokyo Shakuchi Shakuyanin Kumiai Rengokai–so you might want to contact them for advice.


  7. Chamrock · February 14, 2020

    Thanks, that’s exactly what I was looking for! Will try contacting them.


  8. Joy · August 28, 2020

    Hi, I have a question and no idea if you might now but…
    I live in the countryside, there is a small piece of land next to a wooded area that I want to buy. It has a barn type building on it — it is not farmable nor does it have a field but it is listed as “field” which means owner needs to get permission from local area to change that.
    Question — does the ease of changing that depend on how I want to use the land?
    Example if I want to build a small cabin to live in
    or if i dont want to do that, only want to use it for day use(crafting)
    If you happen to know I will check back but would love an email
    thanks for your blog site!


  9. DF · August 2, 2021

    I like your blog, although I find it a little hard to navigate and find articles, but the content is really great so no real concern. One question, would you consider adding guest articles? I feel like a combination of real estate blog/articles for Japanese investors would be of value — like on a medium publication or some other type of site/resource. I realize it’d take away from ad revenues if you moved to another place but something to think about!


    • catforehead · August 3, 2021

      Thanks. The blog for the most part has simply been a means of coming to terms with our own housing situation and doesn’t make us any money. Not sure if we want to make the effort to expand it beyond whatever it is at the moment, but it’s worth a thought. If we could get a book out of it that would be nice.


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