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Life in a Crazy-Small 8m2 Tokyo Apartment

September 12, 2019

Today I’m in Tokyo!!! Where I’m about to meet a fellow Youtuber, Emma Who lives in a crazy cool, but crazy small apartment. This one; I can’t wait to check out! Hey Emma
Emma: Hi, hey Hey, I’m Bryce Emma: Hi, nice to meet you
Bryce: Nice to meet you Emma: Emma: Yeah, come on in!
Bryce: Thank you. I’m so excited to be here. Yeah, I’m excited to show you my tiny little home. Emma: Welcome.
Bryce: It’s very small isn’t it? Yeah. It’s a bit tight, you can touch both the walls. How big is this place actually? Uh, it says eight square meters, so… Bryce: Eight square meters?
Emma: Eight square meters, yeah! Bryce: Wow.
Emma: It’s pretty pretty pretty tight! So as a city apartment, this is actually a lot smaller than a lot of the tiny houses I’ve visited. Yeah. How did you actually come here to be in this place? Well, I spent ages like looking for apartments and everything, but this place just caught my eye because it’s got two separate levels. A lot of places are just like, the bed is right next to the bathroom and the kitchen and you like eat next to your bed and it just felt a bit wrong. So I finally found somewhere that has two levels which kind of separates my living and my sleeping area. But yeah. I just- I always wanted to be in Japan and I found a way to get here. Being an apartment in downtown Tokyo this is really small. But is this actually kind of typical of the apartments in this area? I mean Japanese apartments are typically really small but this, it’s at least more narrow than anything else I’ve ever seen before. Like you can touch both walls.
Bryce: Yeah! Um, but yeah. This is definitely a bit smaller. It’s strange in a way because even though it is so narrow, and as you say, I mean. I don’t even have to stretch out my arms to touch both walls. But even though it’s so narrow, it doesn’t feel super confined. And I think that’s because you’ve got all the height here as well don’t you? Emma: Yeah I actually think there’s some- this height is super useful, because I can actually finally stretch in at least one direction. I think without this extra space it would feel a bit- maybe a bit too cramped, but it feels good. Can you show me around? Yeah! So when you enter a Japanese home, you go take your shoes off in the gankon. Because even when they gave me this place they were like you must take your shoes off. Like even if it’s part of your culture with shoes inside, you have to respect Japanese standards and take your shoes off inside. Bryce: Fair enough! So there’s like a little shoe cupboard here which I keep all my shoes in, and then this is my closet, which has coats and stuff. I don’t know if I should show you because it’s really full. It may be a full cupboard, there’s no shame in the number of clothes that you have in that closet. I think girls back home in Australia or New Zealand ..would.. ah.. would struggle to be that spartan I do really selected with my fashion choices here because I don’t, I don’t have room to be luxurious…just keeps life simple Bryce: And the entrance-way microwave and toaster oven?
Emma: Yea, yeah. Emma: Yeah, you have your toaster oven, your microwave…this stuff actually moved it used to be over there which made the space feel really, really like claustrophobic because there was no where, like no where to move around but I moved all the stuff over here, and…yeah This toaster oven is kind of…I had to get these sticky pads because when there’s an earthquake it moves. Right! And so I usually like sit right there, and if these sticky pads weren’t there it would, like, just keep moving towards my head and it’s like “One day this is gonna suck” Yeah, so now it doesn’t move in an earthquake, which is cool Bryce: And then, more storage in here, for cutlery- Emma: Yeah just cutlery, everything.
Bryce: Pots, pans Any cupboard thing just has bits and bobs of everything, really There’s like a general theme but, If I just have something, I’m like, “I need to put this somewhere!” I just like, chuck it in. It’s not the best method, but Whatever gets stuff out of the open space Bryce: You’ve even got a yoga mat here Emma: Yeah! So ah- (laughter) Sometimes I like to like workout or do yoga and trying- Okay, it doesn’t fit Like, it just- like the corner (laughter) It’s like in that, so do you want me to show you? Bryce: Yea, go on
Emma: Yea, alright so I try to like go through here So this is like the biggest space in my house So I’m just like try to lay down like this -but in like the tables just in the way So i can usualy go to about there and like doing exercises is really frustrating because some days it’ll be like “okay now stretch your arms to the side” And I’m like (laughter) And all like you’re lying on the ground and -ahh It just it never quite works out but it It’s enough like I can do stuff this way But yeah, that’s where I do my exercises Emma: A for effort right? Bryce: Absolutely! Emma: You’re just gonna try everything and if it doesn’t work, you try something else I think that’s good about small spaces like it makes you think a bit more “keeps you creative” Bryce: And then you have your office area here? Yeah this is like pretty much were I- I spend most of my time I just get like a chair, my computer and yeah it’s it’s just where I edit, like it’s where I edit all my videos, it’s where I answer all my mail, where I do pretty much all of my work but It’s nice cause I can at least like look out the window at the back yeah I know that my- my neighbor he’s got his desk facing the wall and I couldn’t deal with that. (laughs) Bryce: No.
Emma: Like, if I’m like working an I look up and all I see is a wall I get so like like “let me out” so yeah I can always see outside Yea, I always need something living just like something happening in the space Emma: Like that’s why I have so many potted plants everywhere.
Bryce: Yeah. I want even more but yea If there’s no living things, if I can’t see the outside world things just feel really stale And that’s when this space can feel a bit small I did find that a bit of a challenge when I got here because this is Like, all the furniture isn’t mine like this is a fully furnished, come-as-it-is apartment And trying trying to find different ways to make the space my own was like challenging but it feels really like- rewarding Bryce: Yea.
Emma: Because it is- it is a challenge Especially when you can’t pick your own furniture and I can’t drill into the walls or anything So I just have to let it be but influence it. (laughs)
Bryce: Yea With all my stuff and because you have to be so selective with your possessions it’s like I choose only things that mean a lot to me Bryce: Yea
Emma: And- and really help the space Bryce: And then is the kitchen space down over here?
Emma: Yeah, yeah! So pretty much this is actually kinda typical of Japan -um so you get no bench space when you get an apartment in Japan really Even if you get like a big apartment for some reason they value sink-space more than cutting space.
Bryce: Right! I’ve no idea why (laughs) But it’s just really typical of Japan so what I did is um- I managed to find a chopping board that manages to fit just over the space So I can cut on the chopping board and actually have somewhere to do things Bryce: Your seat down here- your little chair down here is so cute Emma: Well I’m quite lucky to be in Japan because like no one sits at a table here like everyone sits on the floor usually Bryce: Yea
Emma: Like all dining tables and everything are usually like on the floor so you sit either on the floor chairs or just on your knees or sit crossed legged like no one has space for dining tables here (laughs) So it’s actually quite easy to find little- a little chair Just give you a demonstration so that- the funny thing is like my feet don’t- (laughs) Emma: Yea, there’s just like just not enough space to like put my feet down fully but I mean it’s enough space and sometimes I’ll edit here like I have um- Just reach over here. I have this little table I found (Sorry snake plant) so I can pull that out sometimes I’ll like edit here if it’s raining I’ll just like have my computer here do my thing and just be able to look out the window, have a good time
Bryce: Yea It’s great, I love it. It’s like, little paradise. Emma: Yea Bryce: And so you’ve even actually got a little balcony here as well.
Emma: Yea, yea I do Emma: It’s a little- it’s not the smallest one I’ve ever seen in Japan like sometimes they’ll have balconies which are just like you can kinda open the door a little bit but
Bryce: Yea. Emma: But whatever space you get in Japan you make the most of it so and out here I’ll just show you This is my clothesline Bryce: Oh, right
Emma: So whenever I do my washing


  • Reply 5 Minutos De Fotografia September 1, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Fum drinking game: every time someone says "yeah" you drink

  • Reply Count Spooky September 2, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I would tongue punch Emma's fart box.

  • Reply Ziiken 1 September 2, 2019 at 9:15 am

    No Flirting there. AT ALL

  • Reply Lunar Atlas September 2, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Have u been to the 1m2 homes of HK peeps

  • Reply arun rao September 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Good home to make horror movie!!

  • Reply MRHappyHappyjoyjoy90 September 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Jesus….a jail cell is bigger than this…

  • Reply miracle miracle September 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    What a lovely, positive and cultured girl. Very cute. ?

  • Reply Remigia The Alchemist September 2, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Why she needs a warm hat in the flat?

  • Reply Peaceful World September 3, 2019 at 5:55 am

    It's a jail……not ? house

  • Reply Rune Njordhag September 3, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Hipster gaijin 外人

  • Reply Vankai September 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I'm not usually claustrophobic.. but good grief!..i'm actually struggling to breath watching this
    im 6ft5 but still..

  • Reply Sofia Lang September 3, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    She's so genuine and happy about it, I can feel her happiness even just through the video. You can see she's living her dream

  • Reply Iiquor September 4, 2019 at 12:08 am

    this is probably the only video of his in which i know i could not be happy in this space.

  • Reply Sebastien Karo September 4, 2019 at 4:18 am

    I've seen smaller

  • Reply Sebastien Karo September 4, 2019 at 4:19 am

    emmas accentt is FAKE!!!

  • Reply Blasian Channel ウォルトン愛美 September 4, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Well I don’t sit on the floor n have meals tho lol that’s kinda Japanese thing but not really no more these days.

  • Reply Kee-pyor Myndopen September 4, 2019 at 8:19 am

    She said ‘touch both walls’ 113 times.

  • Reply Kee-pyor Myndopen September 4, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Clever toilet and sink design. I really like this apartment

  • Reply fix mix September 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I can live in this

  • Reply Mizo666 September 4, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    How’s this video of them flirting on each other

  • Reply Katherine Slone Foley September 4, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Okay but I still don't understand where the water from the shower goes……

  • Reply Ivona Tutić September 4, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Why is the dude barely talking

  • Reply Patricia Soha September 4, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    2019-09-04 at 16:00 UTC 69000 JPY = 649.22 USD

  • Reply Daniel Garcia September 4, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    That’s a hospital toilet lol

  • Reply The Fish Tale September 5, 2019 at 4:19 am

    I cannot breathe properly only by watching!but i love the way that she is so happy

  • Reply End Craft September 5, 2019 at 9:24 am

    some people in hong kong live in tiny 2 square meter cage homes

  • Reply luisdmatas September 6, 2019 at 2:59 am

    6:55 this is sad

  • Reply Alxander Rodriguez September 7, 2019 at 1:04 am

    As long as I have a good weed supply and wifi I'm 100% ok with living like that ??‍♂️

  • Reply Robson L G September 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    She is lovely

  • Reply Von Follis September 7, 2019 at 9:34 am

    this gave me claustrophobia. and i’m not even claustrophobic lol

  • Reply Ondřej Matějka September 7, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    10 000 years of civilisation evolution for living in rabbit cage, that's really cool. 😀

  • Reply Katy Thomas September 7, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Thats a nope from me !!

  • Reply Karime Ramirez September 8, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I would never live in a place like this. This is too small to the point where it doesn’t work. Too many sacrifices to the point where you’re living an uncomfortable lifestyle. No wonder my boyfriend calls any remotely small apartments Chinese ?

  • Reply lauradana22 September 8, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I would kill myself in less than a year or I would kill someone, even though the guy is super cute.

  • Reply Yan Sollo September 8, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    there is just one thing I would do to change this place. Like, in the part that have two bars, I would put bars up of them, separately, so I could pull up and use the hole air space in a way to make me do exercises and be creative of what I could do there. To me it will be like a "Up in the three" place

  • Reply Giovanni Berardinelli September 8, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    does this twat bag think the yellow hat makes her look cool ?????????

  • Reply Andres Coronel September 9, 2019 at 2:01 am

    She couldn't fuck in peace jumping up and down, she could hit her head with the cilling, hurting her getting lumps, it's too cramped, but better than to live with the riff-raff in whashington heights, it doesn't matter where you live and how, it's defenitively who you live with, i could sleep in the back part of a truck but in fucking peace, no black guetto boys, no latino thugs wearing their fucking pants down, no rable, no riff-raff, And I suppose that Japan has also its own, and their language is hard to learn, I like this poor girl, I hope she's happy there, and i also hope she gets along with her family, because behind her happy mask, there is a girl who has suffered and doesn't get along with her father I think

  • Reply Rajesh R September 9, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I’d love to stay here

  • Reply Stanley Kinzinger September 9, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Hell nah

  • Reply Victoria Bustos September 9, 2019 at 4:15 am

    I've 40 minutes scrolling down the comments and I haven't seen any comments about flirting, just people telling me that I don't socialize, please, no one said that they are flirting

  • Reply Tobleroney Remorse September 9, 2019 at 8:18 am

    My anxiety sky rocketed as soon as we went in.

  • Reply John Davison September 9, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Australia ?? woman ? in Tokyo good job ?

  • Reply SAVVAS DIMARHOPOULOS September 9, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    That is like a Minecraft combat dirt house ?

  • Reply Manuel López September 10, 2019 at 2:34 am

    MI casa es de una planta, 176 mts2, sobre un terreno de 1000 metros en un fraccionamiento a las afueras de la ciudad!, creo que desarrollaría una especie de claustrofobia al meterme en ese cubito!

  • Reply pinut187 September 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    She says "like" a lot….

  • Reply Nani ! September 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I came from Zedd’s house tour and my brain is confusued

  • Reply Quanchy Plimp September 10, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Hi, welcome to my…, …..corridor.

  • Reply IDA DHUHER September 10, 2019 at 9:08 pm


  • Reply ANAGLOCKXIA September 10, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    omg these comments AHAH

  • Reply xCreepyKidsx September 11, 2019 at 1:12 am

    I like how she's attempting to rationalize the tiny loft.
    "What animal sleeps out in the open?"
    Almost all of them.

  • Reply Banana Phone September 11, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Perfectly livable. For the typical "American", that's a closet. I have a 1000 square foot place, but I want smaller. The problem is that finding smaller is very hard. The smallest of apartments anywhere around that I have seen is around 800 square feet. I believe this is due to zoning laws that tend to have minimal square footage rules, plus, it doesn't cost much extra to add square footage. The typical home is 2000-3000 square feet. Typical apartment is around 1000-1500 square feet. Too big. All I need is an area for cooking, an area to crap, an area to clean myself, an area to sit and do stuff, an area to put clothes, and an area to sleep.

  • Reply lon jing September 11, 2019 at 8:26 am

    and that's how i met your mother.

  • Reply Super Intendent Chalmers September 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    So long as you got shelter, a place to sleep and eat….no matter how small is still shelter.

  • Reply Nelly Ng September 11, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Japan, I love it! (l)

  • Reply Gaming Chicken September 11, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    i thought i was the only one that like small space

  • Reply Dayna Goodchild September 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I’d love to know more about costs

  • Reply Purple Haze September 11, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    How very sad…what have be become….its a coffin cave….bad bad bad feng shui…no wonder they spend a lot of time studying….cant do anything else!

  • Reply Bold Rumjacker September 12, 2019 at 1:57 am

    And then they had sex

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