No matter how many words to describe the Japanese kitchens, you won’t be able to fully characterize its beauty. Personally, I prefer Japanese kitchens because they are cozy, cool, clean, modern, smooth, and charming. What makes the Japanese kitchens popular and attractive is that they gather people together to create a space where they cook, eat and relax together. The main idea of the Japanese kitchen is to be a functional place rather than other aspects which cause the kitchens to be simplified all the time.
In basic rental apartments, Japanese kitchens are characterized to be pretty simple. For example, you can see gas burner stove. However, integrated ovens and dishwasher can be only found in high standing apartments. There are lots of options to buy like micro-wave or oven combos which will allow you to cook whatever you like, table-top dishwashers and many others.
Here are what are going to find in most of Japanese houses:
- Rice cooker.
- Hot water pot. You need to wait for the water to boil, which will take you long time till you feel bored.
- Gas burner stoves which come along with a fish grill in the middle. To be honest, I have never seen something like that in the west.
When it comes to traditional Japanese kitchens, people was cooking in pots over a kamado which is a stove made of mud. It performs exactly like the modern stove only if you heat by using open fire rather than using gas or electricity. Another important traditional place for cooking, eating and cheering is the hearth or irori which comes to anybody’s mind once he thinks of the traditional Japanese houses.
Do you know that traditional Japanese cooking is all about boiling, steaming, frying and grilling? On the other hand, the modern Japanese kitchen looks like the western match. Kamado is considered to be the centerpiece of the traditional kitchen. Recently, it’s replaced by the gas stove that has an inner grill. Do you want what typical homes have? A refrigerator, a microwave oven and a rice cooker.
Japanese designers use lots of wood to design the interior design as it’s the best way to bring back the balance after getting rid of the unnecessary elements. It’s believed that it keeps the design simple and at the same time feels cozy and appealing. In case you’re looking forward having a very modern look, try to make the colors simple as possible as you can by choosing the white color as a primary tone with neutral greys.