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You can buy yourself a mini log cabin for telework at Tokyo’s Shibuya Loft

By grape Japan

With the understandable rise of telework in Japan over the course the pandemic, many companies have been releasing furniture and devices to accommodate those who have to spend more time at home than usual. Recently, these have included privacy tents for telework and online drinking, revolutionary outlet-equipped high seated kotatsu, and even a "secret base" for the super lazy.

But those with a love of camping or nature have probably found it difficult to recreate an excursion to the great outdoors in their own home. Those in Tokyo (and a healthy bank account) may be in luck, however, as the Shibuya Loft department store will is hosting the "Nature Grand Life" exhibit, and the highlight of the products they're offering is a miniature log cabin.

The ongoing Nature Grand Life marketplace exhibit displays and offers a number of outdoor and camping goods to buy, but the decided highlight is the Mini Log House Leon, a miniature single-story log cabin that Shibuya Loft says even beginners can assemble. Shibuya Loft says the intended purpose of the cabin isn't for actual outdoor camping, but as a unique remote space for teleworking, a playground for children, or a small room for hobbies.

Obviously, you'd need a yard, garden, or pretty roomy home to accommodate the 3.6 square meter miniature cabin that has a lead-up staircase and porch, but those interested will also need to be willing to part with 478,000 yen. Still, those working from home to get to brag that they're checking into their office from their own log cabin.

Another of other items, including a compact pizza oven, charcoal grill, and foldable outdoor furniture with storage space will also be on display.





Those hoping to check out the mini log cabin can do so at Shibuya Loft's Nature Grand Life display, located on the first floor marketplace and running until Oct 6.

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3-6 square meter

yeah yeah, square meters. How many tatamis is that?

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Why put down cash for this when you're supposed to be working and not being able to focus on how 'nice' it is

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I'd like one! On a small lot, away from the missus.

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no way.iranai.

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I still do not understand the obsession with confined spaces in Japan

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Why put down cash for this when you're supposed to be working and not being able to focus on how 'nice' it is

If you can claim it's for teleworking, that ¥500,000 would be a handy addition to the expenses you claim on your tax return next year.

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Great option with those who have a yard and as Cleo mentioned it can help with your tax returns!

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If you can claim it's for teleworking, that ¥500,000 would be a handy addition to the expenses you claim on your tax return next year.

Or claim it anyway if you are self-employed.

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A little known factoid: log cabins were introduced to North America by Swedish settlers, in their short-lived colony of New Sweden. They were conquered by the Dutch, who were then conquered by the English.

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Can it be put indoors?

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Someone at grape japan needs to buy a dictionary or use Google translate. The cabin is 3.6 tatami, which is about 6 square meters. Big enough for a home office.

I can't say I've read the rules recently, but I seem to remember that three tsubo, or six tatami mats, is the size where you need kakunin shinsei planning permission. This is under. The one in the photo is sitting on pro-built founds which will seriously bump up the price.

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Need a concrete one for Okinawa. Wood no good.

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That is a nice cabin..

My neighbour built a 'shed' in his garden that to the uninitiated might resemble a spacious holiday chalet. During lockdown he expanded his portfolio, and now has an additional shed housing his hot tub and two further sheds. His garden is also fully lit.

I considered a tea house, small shrine or a 'shed' housing a clone of a Tokyo apartment, but have not found any architectural plans that were quite suitable. A large Torii gate and a daibutsu would complete the ensemble. A pagoda may be out as planning officials disapprove of 'sheds' with observation platforms. I also considered running a scale model Shinkansen through the borders. Not sure what the hedgehogs would have made of it.

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