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This is the Ryovan Project. It’s Saul and Ayaka’s Japanese teahouse van conversion!

It’s all based on a 2018 Sprinter 2500 with 4×4. All imagined and built by Andrew Wade Keating (architect) and High Grade Partners. You can follow along with the owners/dwellers @theryovan on Instagram!

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The Ryovan Project: A Japanese Teahouse-inspired Van Conversion

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This is the ESCAPE ONE Japanese Style Tiny House on Wheels. It’s 25′ long with approximately 276 sq. ft. of space inside. There’s a larger version called the ONE XL that you may also want to check out.

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ESCAPE ONE Tiny House on Wheels


Images © Escape

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Right now I’d like to show you a little van that has been rehabbed into a micro motorhome perfect for stealth van dwelling with a Japanese zen style.

I can see it being used for stealthy traveling but it can also serve a variety of purposes like a space for meditation, writing poetry, or just about anything else you might be able to think of.

Take the complete tour below because I think you’ll enjoy it and it’s definitely different than a lot of van conversions that I’ve seen before. And there’s a video tour, too. Enjoy!

Van Converted into Japanese Zen Van Dwelling Micro Motorhome


Images © YouTube/higuti itio

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This is definitely not a tiny house but most of you know how much I love showing all the different options out there like this beautiful zen small home in Kyoto, Japan by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio.

From the outside it seems very humble in size indeed. But once you walk inside I think you’ll be surprised as to how much space and utility they were able to squeeze into here for this family.

As soon as you walk inside you’ll notice the fireplace which sits on a squared tiled area to your left. The rest of the home has natural wood floors and ceiling. The living area is also to your left from the front door beyond the fireplace after walking in.

Keep walking straight ahead and you run into the kitchen and dining area where you’ll also notice the staircase upstairs to the bedrooms. Downstairs, behind the staircase, is a wonderful study/office area with beautiful views of the backyard (and vaulted ceilings). Near the office and behind the kitchen is the bathroom.

Another wonderful feature of this home is not only that there are plenty of vaulted ceilings for that feeling of spaciousness but, for example, the bedroom has an indoor window where you can view the living area (see below). I absolutely love this.

In the current set up of the house there is only one bedroom. But you might notice that there are two doors to this bedroom which allows- later on- to partition the room with a wall to create two rooms when needed. More than likely, this is for when the kid(s) grows older.

Architects Design Modern Zen Small Home for Family


Images © Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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I don’t have the exact details of this modern Japanese home for you but it seems relatively small.

I’d guess it’s about 800 sq. ft. or so but I’m not sure. What I really thought you’d find interesting is:

  • The “Smart” Toilet (it even cleans itself)
  • Space Saving Cabinets (genius cabinet design)
  • The Overall Japanese Style (you’ll see)

Smart, Space Saving & Modern Japanese Home

So- if you’d like- leave your shoes at the door and come on in for the entire video tour below:

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One of my favorite new tiny house builders is the Oregon Cottage Company led by architect Todd Miller.

This tiny home that I’m showing you today was completed for a client of his who wanted a home that she could afford and love. She also grew up in Japan, so she wanted something that would really make her feel at home.

She really wanted a tea room. But this is a huge challenge when you’re designing a 134-square-feet house. So Todd proposed to combine the living space with the tea room. And it worked!

There’s a built-in warming hearth for the tea kettle on the floor and all of the mechanics are hidden underneath. Plus there’s even some storage that you can use underneath this area for other things. Let me show you.

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Japanese style tiny house by Oregon cottage company

Images: Oregon Cottage Company

Looks pretty nice, doesn’t it? I encourage you to take a look inside, too, below:

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To me, it’s not common to get to see so many different styles of tiny houses in one place.

In this case, we’ve got a Spanish style home, a little cottage, an Asian-inspired tiny house and a really small Spanish style adobe cottage.

And they’re all tiny or at least “small” in my opinion. But enough talking, let me have you look for yourself below.

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