Japan is well known for its Capsule hotels, which are very small capsules intended to provide over night accommodation to people who otherwise cannot afford conventional hotel rooms. However, in these exceptional photographs, Won Kim makes us discover something more strange in the photo series “Enclosed : Living Small”. These are small plywood rooms, somewhat similar but a little bit bigger than capsules. However, they do not have any windows or the place to stand up or a door. These rooms are mostly arranged as rows in on one floor of a large Tokyo building.
They may be meant to provide a temporary stay, but there are people who live in these rooms for even longer times. Mostly, these are poor workers or students who come to make living or get education from other cities. We can see that the tidiness of these rooms depends upon the individuals living in them. Some are more cleaner than others. So manage to use this place more efficiently and decorate their room. Still they are more spacious than capsules.
We are really blown away by these photos and we greatly appreciate our living rooms now. And you, did you ever have the opportunity to stay in such room.