The Otaku Dream: Six Traditional Japanese Houses That Could Have Been In An Anime

by Andrew RobertsJuly 26, 2016

Tadaima!” The traditional Japanese phrase that is used to announce one’s return to home is about as customary in Japan as leaving shoes in the entryway of a house or offering thanks to everyone involved in the process of preparing any given meal (“itadakimasu!“). Equally respectful, the appreciation for simplicity and beauty of nature are two extremely common themes that govern the daily proceedings of most Japanese individuals. There is no wonder as to why the main protagonist of most Japanese cartoons (anime) will either be an honorable hero or an ordinary high school teenager, owing to a belief that potential resides within all people.

Whether you are a highly influenced fan of anime, are deeply moved by the samurai era, or simply have a strong admiration for the contrast of delicacy and power that traditional Japanese homes embody, the following listings will most certainly resonate with your tamashii, or “soul”.

A California Mix

63 Norman Way Tiburon CA 94920 for sale
63 Norman Way Tiburon CA 94920 for sale Homes.com1

63 Norman Way, Tiburon CA, 94920

Surrounded by a vibrant meadow and equipped with a beautiful Japanese garden and water view, this 5,285 square feet combination of traditional Japanese and 21st century contemporary design is the perfect escape to serenity. The inside of this California home is outfitted with customary sliding doors, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a meditation room with reed tatami flooring that doubles as a bedroom, a separate Japanese style bath, and twenty different types of handcrafted wood. Furthermore, the house is in close proximity to various schools, including the highly respected Del Mar Middle School and Redwood High School.

You Can’t Beat The Real Thing

Twn. Rhinebeck Rhinebeck Rhinebeck NY 12572 for sale Homes.com1
Twn. Rhinebeck Rhinebeck Rhinebeck NY 12572 for sale

Twn. Rhinebeck Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck NY, 12572

For the traditional Japanese design purist, this oriental house in Rhinebeck New York will leave you more than satisfied. Not only was the Sukiya style house constructed by a famous Kyoto architect, but it also received blessings by a Japanese Zen abbot. Aside from the beautiful eight-acre forest that surrounds the home on three sides, there is a quaint stream-fed pond that completes the three-acre Japanese garden. Just as impressive is the internal construction of the house: three bedrooms, three bathrooms, shoji screens, and a 360-degree view of the outside. While this house is secluded enough to invoke total privacy, there a multitude of schools within 5 miles of its location.

Sleep In The City That Never Sleeps

Address not disclosed New York NY 10019 for sale
Address not disclosed New York NY 10019 for sale Homes.com1

Address not disclosed, New York NY, 10019

For those in need of a calming haven to relax in the busiest city of the United States, this New York home is the perfect place. What the exterior of this maisonette duplex lacks in traditional Japanese design is fully made up for in the thorough craftsmanship that master Shigeru Kobayashi imbued in his transformation of this loft space. The entirety of the living space duly adheres to traditional Japanese style, complete with tatami flooring, shoji screens, sliding doors, and oriental lighting. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, this authentic home also provides access to all the amenities of living in New York City: great food, ample job opportunities, higher education, and proximity to one of the few stores in the United States that sell anime-related products from Japan.

Just The Right Amount

11 State Road 230 El Prado NM 87514 for sale
11 State Road 230 El Prado NM 87514 for sale Homes.com1

11 State Road 230, El Prado NM, 87514

For anyone who may feel interested in the idea of traditional Japanese home design but would rather not sacrifice columns and tiles for simplicity and wood, this house in El Prado New Mexico should be considered to the fullest. The internal construction more heavily reflects a design common in southern part of the United States, with adobe walls and various tiles lining the bathrooms, but is complemented by a beautiful Japanese sculpture garden and all the proper accompaniments: fountains, waterfalls, a spring, footbridges, and benches– all in the shade of a comfortable meadow. With 3,037 square feet, seven bedrooms, and seven bathrooms spread among four “casitas” (little houses), this New Mexico residence is the perfect compromise for the undecided buyer.

Sorry, Out On Vacation

80 Whalen Dr Lake George NY 12885 for sale

80 Whalen Dr, Lake George NY, 12885

If you are looking for an oriental-style home with a rustic view, this Lake Georgia location won’t disappoint. The intricate Japanese design is rivaled by an unparalleled mountain view, making this home the perfect getaway spot. Complete with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the 1,650 square feet opens up to a much larger sanctuary– tailor-made for those looking to find undisturbed peace. Whether for permanent living or vacation, the detail in the woodwork of the house combined with the picturesque range of mountains is as close to quiet and beautiful isolation as possible.

The Best Of Three Worlds

2135 A 14 Mile Road Ne Sparta MI 49345 for sale
2135 A 14 Mile Road Ne Sparta MI 49345 for sale Homes.com1

2135 14 Mile Rd Ne, Sparta MI, 49345

This Usonian house is by far the most diverse regarding the construction, fusing qualities unique to mid-century, contemporary, and traditional Japanese design. While the clear visual cross between modern and Japanese exists both internally and externally, architect Mitch Witkowski designed the house to represent the Shibui aesthetic, or simple beauty. Located in Sparta Michigan, the ten-acre forest surrounding the house makes for a picnic lover’s paradise, which perfectly complements the relaxing sensation created by the hardwood floors under Japanese stone lanterns. With 2,179 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, various appliances (including a dryer, microwave, oven, refrigerator, and washer), and a 360-degree view through clerestory windows, this unique home offers a multitude of amenities that make relaxing even easier. Furthermore, the house is located within close driving distance of various schools on the elementary to high school level. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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About The Author
Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts is a senior at Cape Henry Collegiate. He is a competitive tennis player and has been playing since the age of three. In addition to tennis, Andrew has a serious interest in the Japanese culture-- especially anime and manga. After college, he plans to pursue a career in business.