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Won Kim
Good things come in small boxes.
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME

Photos: Tokyo travelers get comfortable in the tiniest of spaces

By Kate Groetzinger

In Tokyo, where the average apartment size is about 600 square feet, people know how to create comfort with little space. And in the city’s ubiquitous “capsule hotels,” a single rented room is often no bigger than a twin mattress, and can come as cheap as $10 per night. But even that isn’t too small to call home.

In the series “Enclosed: Living Small,” photographer Won Kim looks into life in one such hotel in Japan’s capital. “They may be visiting Tokyo, waiting for a job to come through, or saving money for a better place to live,” Kim writes on his website of his subjects. “In each case, the sharply-defined space and its contents tell something about its occupant’s personality, and his or her ability to function in such a strange, enclosed environment.”