Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In most countries, houses get more valuable over time. In Japan, a new buyer will often bulldoze the home. We'll tell you why.


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Rob from Tokyo, Japan

There is a very simple reason why Japanese houses are generally torn down within 38 years. It's just Japanese tradition. Traditionally Japanese built their houses out of wood and because of this rebuilt them every 25 years or so. Japanese tradition is deeply ingrained in people and they simply expect to rebuild their homes every 30 years or so. That is pretty much the entirety of the reason. As the story eludes to Ise shrine is rebuilt every 20 years according to this tradition. This has nothing to do with earthquakes and doesn't take that much analysis. And and it's not surprising that after living in Japan for ONLY 6 years Alastair Townsend doesn't grasp this.

May. 11 2015 10:57 PM

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