9. Heating and insulation. We realize, we realize: homes in Japan are thin and poorly insulated because they’re designed to be as light as you possibly can so as to raised withstand earthquakes.

We understand, we know: houses in Japan are slim and poorly insulated because they’re designed to be as light as you are able to so as to raised withstand earthquakes. But that doesn’t mean they’re don’t get insanely cold in winter and tend to be miserable to stay. A lack of central heating means running an air conditioner, hiding under …