Life in a Crazy-Small 8m2 Tokyo Apartment

Life in a Crazy-Small 8m2 Tokyo Apartment

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

Comments (100)

  1. 这是房子吗?

  2. okay but… she said A for effort ?/;

    iknow it was prolly her accent but still

  3. 日本の中でも狭いアパートですね…???

  4. What really impressed me is that hiding toilet, :D. But 600USD/mon for 8 m2? With frequent earthquakes?

  5. it is as to be canned

  6. I watched this many months ago and then stumbled into it again.. What an amazing space for only 8m2. Thanks Emma for sharing this! Bryce, you really bring out the best in your hosts.

  7. the world is not that small
    it doesnt worth living like that … move to australia or russia or south america ..etc… even the africa .. even somalia ..has more quality than that kind of life ..

    Find a place for living without risking your own life by your own fart..

  8. It's feels amazing ?

  9. I wouldn't mind living there.

  10. How to Recognize Claustrophobia Symptoms? by watching the video…

  11. It's like living in a hallway.

  12. Me molesta q sea tan angosta y larga., me agobia. Lo que si me gustó es el 2do piso.

  13. The girl of probably every guy's dream.

  14. Love this guy but kind of hate the image these videos on Japan and “Tokyo” give off. First and foremost, Tokyo is like metropolis state—what part of Tokyo you live will determine size and cost of your residence: Shibuya—tiny and expensive, Hachioji—spacious and cheap. Her apartment is nearly illegallly too small by Japanese housing law and might even be. Most are 15 to 25 square meters. It’s hard to believe that’s all she could find even with a small budget and tons of places have lofts. However, I will say that with the ever present xenophobia attitudes a lot of older apartment owners have, trying to get an apartment (even if married to a native) is still difficult for foreigners and often options are limited, especially when you don’t speak Japanese—which seems to be her case. Still, you can easily have a 30sqm apartment for ¥60,000-¥90,000 and be 20-30 minutes from Shinagawa, Shibuya or Shinjuku.

  15. What's with that hat????

  16. Re macanuda la flaca!

  17. And im crying, because i find my apt to small.

  18. In addition of being claustrophobic, living in this shoebox would have made me schizophrenic and would surely have pushed me to end my days thinking that I'm in prison.?????????????

  19. I thought cell mates had it hard

  20. Hachisakusama has left the chat

  21. The laughing after nearly every sentence. Why

  22. I feel claustrophobic just watching this.

  23. I dunno what is wrong with guys in comments section. This place is nice because of her, she is so cuute, and positive person, I prefer her 8 sqm rather than 800 sqm with some dull gold digger =P

  24. Share someone please Emma's youtube channel

  25. Debería usar bombillas con luz blanca, ésas luces amarillas hacen que luzca todo muy triste.

  26. 2:15 wait wait wait, if I’m paying a ridiculous amount of money for that small ass apartment, ain’t nobody gonna tell me what I can wear inside my home dafuck? Culture or not I’m paying for this shit I can walk around butt naked if I please…….

  27. this is more than 8m2 definitely

  28. как он снаружи то выглядит?

  29. My bead is wider than this apartment. My room is bigger than this apartment.

  30. Very cool n amazing house ? lv it ❤️

  31. Yah she does that always, that's why she has many plants, what a clever gal.

  32. Mike from Stranger Things in 15 years

  33. She put a hat to look more cool. Eh

  34. This girl is .. weird.

  35. this is sick living in a micro appartement in a huge mega city packed with thousend of people

  36. Living in a closet would cause me claustrophobia for sure

  37. I am in love with this apartment girl!! And i am also in love with Japan!! Aaanndd i am obsessed with having my own space which would be a win-win here on all sides. ???

  38. Clumsy person+ this house= disaster ?

  39. Es como la casa de peter la anguila

  40. she cute,not gonna lie

  41. I wanna live in here! Who's with me?

  42. Almost as many likes for the video as times she says the word

  43. 09:57
    Vaseline… looks like we have an anal queen here.

  44. I'm a couple square meters from Japan and I…. ??

  45. $600 a month seems a bit much

  46. I'm also live in a 8m flat. But i remain humble. I'm a young poor italian. With a child

  47. Imagine needing to go the washroom at night

  48. I could not do it. No place to put my sweet nerd computer, no elder scrolls online. Nope!

  49. Não tem 8 quadrado kkkk

  50. КЛАУСТРОФОБИЕЙ НЕ СТРАДАЕТ ХОЗЯЙКА АПАРТАМЕНТОВ-)… Мне там нечем дышать, свободного пространства хочется, выйти на улицу, так жить нельзя по моему разумению, в моем доме только кухня более 20 квадратных метров! Как капсула какая то. Ребята, конечно, для счастья человеку многого не нужно, но нормальную постель с притоком воздуха из форточки – это естественное положение вещей! В таком закутке жить нельзя, если только обустроить здесь отшельническую келью.

  51. I am claustrophobic just watching this video!

  52. All I can think of is Flight of the Conchords, "Apartment? More like a compartment"

  53. soo were gonna pretend to not notice the Vaseline.. ha

  54. some people have an amazing strong personality just going thru life experience by living happy one way or another without excuses that's one kind of girl who knows how to appreciate existence and the decency to manage living life! shes a keeper to hold things and care for what life offers ..,anyway 3 things for precaution !(1) i hope she will never forget the tap water open as the little apartment will be like an aquarium in couple of hours …(2) easy on alcohol she my not reach up to the bedroom and (3) before you bring in a boy friend to your apartment measure him first it my not fit on the bedroom size, that will save you the double trip going to his place from the first place …

  55. Hang plants from the silver bars!

  56. super cozy!!!!!!!

  57. Hey Emma. How are you. I am rewatching this film that started it all. You poor poor little girl. Your heat must be a world to hang in there in the small apartment. It’s beautiful that this small place makes you creative. Note to the editor. Your still the humble little girl that you are till date. Love you always.

  58. very good.
    This is japanese apartment.

  59. Wow! That looks awful! 😀

  60. I will move out in next 3 days, the hostel where I’ll live smaller than my house, it’s about 18-20 m2, and because it’s smaller than my house, inconvenient so I don’t feel comfortable with it. But this video made me have to think again. I have to change my mind and live a optimistic life ? thank you ?❤️

  61. looking at it makes me feel i cant breathe

  62. Is it cold there?

  63. I don’t now why but your smile is creeping me out. I’m like:
    Get away from him girl, he is gonna do something.

  64. Keeps you creative…
    So true!
    You are in a big house and you are so bored!


  65. I dont want to live in this lmao im very claustrophobic, just seeing this video makes my breathing so limited lol, but aside all that, she has a nice home, its so simple, at least she’s happy


  67. That is not 8 sq.m. i think it's more than that

  68. Girl: "it's a bit tight". "everything gets really wet".
    Guy: oh cum on.

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

  70. I would tongue punch Emma's fart box.

  71. No Flirting there. AT ALL

  72. Have u been to the 1m2 homes of HK peeps

  73. Good home to make horror movie!!

  74. Jesus….a jail cell is bigger than this…

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

  76. Why she needs a warm hat in the flat?

  77. It's a jail……not ? house

  78. Hipster gaijin 外人

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

  80. 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

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

  82. emmas accentt is FAKE!!!

  83. 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.

  84. She said ‘touch both walls’ 113 times.

  85. Clever toilet and sink design. I really like this apartment

  86. I can live in this

  87. How’s this video of them flirting on each other

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

  89. Why is the dude barely talking

  90. 2019-09-04 at 16:00 UTC 69000 JPY = 649.22 USD

  91. That’s a hospital toilet lol

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

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

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