Inside Japan’s CAPSULE Tower | 140 TINY Tokyo Apartments

  • Published on Aug 9, 2021
  • The Nakagin Capsule Tower in the heart of Tokyo is iconic, featuring 140 retro tiny apartments built in the 1970's. Sadly, the future of the capsule tower isn't looking so great and this time next year it may be lost forever. Let's go inside and take a look while we still can.
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  • Abroad in Japan
    Abroad in Japan  9 months ago +3131

    SAD UPDATE, the building is now being demolished. I went to take a look one last time in this follow up video:

    • Stephanie De Jesus
      Stephanie De Jesus Month ago

      Rest in pieces ⬛⬜⬛⬜⬛⬜⬛⬜

    • KatastrophicNoodle
      KatastrophicNoodle Month ago

      Thanks for not putting a link to tokyoportfolio, having to search for it myself is such fun.

    • rain god
      rain god Month ago

      bro i wish i could have recorded an ep or mixtape in a capsule tower room for the vibes

    • ocudagledam
      ocudagledam Month ago

      I think that the complete nonexistence of a kitchen and the fact that the windows don't open would be the dealbreakers for me (unless the building had some really efficient central aircon, which, judging by Chris's comments, is not the case). Other than that, I often wondered and mused that I could live in a space similar to that. I find that concept of a "hive", with countless "pods" stacked next to eachother, but each being its own microcosm, fascinating and I can't decide if I find it futuristic or dystopian, but I would gladly try it out as a hypothetical single guy.

    • Jesse Perez
      Jesse Perez Month ago

      No! That's such a cool building

  • Coffeehouse Crime
    Coffeehouse Crime 9 months ago +3014

    Really enjoying this format Chris! Very fascinating to learn about Japan’s quirky architecture and your video was spot on. I can imagine the residents back in ‘72 felt like they were part of the cutting edge trend living here.

    • IntrepidFraidyCat
      IntrepidFraidyCat 4 months ago

      Hey Coffeehouse Crime!👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻

    • Megan Kavanagh
      Megan Kavanagh 5 months ago

      Coffeehouse Crime great channel. 👍

    • Natalie Rozean
      Natalie Rozean 6 months ago

      I LOOVE it! They need to find a way to set each capsule on some type of swivel mechanism with individual bases to hold each individual capsule. Then when a capsule needs replacing you swivel that one out remove it. The capsules surrounding it may be lifted swiveled to get to the one needing replaced, but they wouldn’t have to leave. Then when done every thing swivels back in place and the mechanism tucks underneath and out of sight. Obviously I’m not an engineer 😂, but I can see it in my head ... i know someone could do it.

    • Laura Dees
      Laura Dees 7 months ago +3

      Wow!! A wonderful TheXvid commenting on another wonderful TheXvidr... both whom I have heard and listened too!! Crazy times!

    • sayan roy
      sayan roy 8 months ago +3

      It's still cutting edge. They just need to have a proper policy to replace the capsules or perhaps rent them to a single company for 25 years where each capsule can be used as office cubicles or office space. Then after that cycle, replace the capsules and lease them again.

  • krulty
    krulty 2 months ago +27

    As someone who loves Tiny Houses and wants to live in Japan. I would love to live in one of these. Doubt it would be possible though. Or that it will even exist by the time I can go.

    • krulty
      krulty Month ago

      @imwhatim DX

    • imwhatim
      imwhatim Month ago +1

      they are tearing it down today

  • Lenita A
    Lenita A 5 months ago +16

    The original train station was noticeably beautiful! It's incredibly sad that the Japanese didn't try to preserve it.. Here in Canada, we have a number of the Historical buildings that were preserved, yet expansions were added on and the old structure incorporated into the modern designs.. It's reassuring that history was preserved and honored!
    I wish and hope Japan would go back to its beautiful unique Asian traditional building architecture, and not just build nondescript modern glass monstrosities that are easily forgettable.. Blending-in isn't always desirable.. Japan used to be unique in its architectul style! Why not become unique again?

  • Lynn J
    Lynn J 8 months ago +660

    When I lived in Tokyo in the 80s I had a friend who owned one of these apartments and I got to stay there from time to time. The bathroom was the smallest I'd ever seen but super-efficient. There was a platform bed so you could look out the window in the morning. The only thing I ever worried about was getting out in case of an earthquake. I wasn't sure that the structure would hold together. Thanks for this wonderful memory!

    • Dr K
      Dr K 9 days ago

      Apartment ? You call that box an apartment ??

    • a
      a Month ago +1

      i wanted to see the hallways

    • Shattiiee
      Shattiiee 3 months ago +9

      in hindsight, it is still standing after more than 50 years, so it's safe to say that earthquakes weren't an issue luckily (probably)

    • Francesco
      Francesco 4 months ago


    • Lynn J
      Lynn J 4 months ago +14

      @AmiFriendsStudio There was an elevator, stairways, and hallways, just like a regular apartment building.

  • KugelBlitz
    KugelBlitz 8 months ago +389

    The capsule rooms genuinely look like something out of a sci-fi space movie like “Alien,” especially that modular cabinet area. The retro-futuristic look is really appealing to me, which makes me sad that it’s likely not going to be around much longer.

    • Exidy YT
      Exidy YT Month ago +1

      @LIA I think he is saying the building looks like a standard, or generic, 'Minecraft' building in-game. Not that I agree with his post, I think the tower looked amazing, if only it had been pressure-washed and/or repainted some time in the last 50 years.

    • LIA
      LIA 3 months ago +1

      @Yale in what way is the building generic?

    • gizmo
      gizmo 3 months ago +1

      yeah when they 80's did a better job then disney at 2021 creating a starwars hotel spaceship that failed tremendously

    • Yale
      Yale 4 months ago +2

      Who cares if it's going. It looks like one of the abandoned 80s ghost buildings they keep visiting. Modernistic architecture ages like milk. I wish Japan had some sense to stick to more classic architecture. No one visits Japan to see generic Minecraft buildings.

    • Finnstigator
      Finnstigator 5 months ago +3

      The Fifth Element 😀

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    Even though I'd be a little claustrophobic, "The Stylish Capsule" looked comfortable to be in, it just has the feeling of "home".

    • Stella P-M
      Stella P-M 5 days ago

      5th comment

    • WanderwithAwe
      WanderwithAwe 9 months ago +2

      I agree, it is a unique concept and perfect for minimalistic lifestyle or temporary living. The only thing I would change is being able to open a window for fresh air!

    • Memespearre
      Memespearre 9 months ago

      I swear i see u everywhere man

    • Nanashi
      Nanashi 9 months ago

      @Alex It’s almost like you have similar interests. How crazy *eyeroll*

    • nya~
      nya~ 9 months ago +3

      I would agree but having no kitchen is a pretty big deal

  • Type ZERO
    Type ZERO Month ago +2

    Saw the IG post today, about it being taken down - So came back to watch this video again.

  • Dxnz
    Dxnz Month ago +1

    *Goodbye Nakagin* 👋

  • sebastian niqvist
    sebastian niqvist Month ago +1

    Imagine 1972 the fashion the whole 70’s atmosphere and the economy doing better than the crap we have today. A bit of a hippy look and bringing a lovely Japanese lady (or maybe two) and just enjoying the best thing there is in life: youth…
    Great video! The Shapiro guy, is he half Japanese? He had the Eurasian look.
    Really congrats on this video and thank you. Really great work!
    I would have loved to see this building when it opened in the 70’s… those were the days!!!!
    Preserve these jewels of the past for future generations, don’t lose your soul to progress!!!!!

  • betacam235
    betacam235 Month ago +1

    9M squared....THAT'S 81 square meters. That's hoooooge for a tiny room.

  • gerald soon
    gerald soon 9 months ago +5418

    Cant believe Too Much Volcano is such a massive hit that when Chris turned on the radio, TMV was blasting on radio!

    • MiuNya
      MiuNya Month ago

      Edited in to stop copyright lol obviously. Since he never mentioned the song.

    • Renee Dwyer
      Renee Dwyer 3 months ago

      It moments like these right!?!

    • Djuntas
      Djuntas 9 months ago

      His edits be fire as always. Fucking hilarious.

    • WanderwithAwe
      WanderwithAwe 9 months ago

      I love the fact that it started playing on that old radio thing! haha

    • Jonathan Zisser
      Jonathan Zisser 9 months ago

      @White Recluse 😏

  • 16-Bit Movies
    16-Bit Movies Month ago +1

    Maybe you should go and take one last video or photos before its gone. (April 12th according to Japantimes) I only ever saw it from a distance.(

  • KuruKuruGorilla
    KuruKuruGorilla 6 months ago +1

    Japan is not anymore what it used to be and what people might think it still is. High rate of unemployment, still crowded but mostly by old people. Young are going lazy and crazy. People become aggressive to each other. Crime is higher than ever before. Hygiene level is quite low, especially in restaurants. The "good" Japan ended in '90s.

  • Nick Hannam
    Nick Hannam 9 months ago +2

    ah yes let's interview this rich white real estate agent about the issue of gentrification in Tokyo

  • Patti Simmons
    Patti Simmons 7 months ago +314

    This building has always intrigued me. I find it both sad and frustrating that Japan, like so many other countries around the world, is abandoning it's heritage and distinctive architecture and replacing it with non-descript dull grey prison looking buildings. I have always loved the unique beauty of Asian design. It's a shame to see it being lost to the totalitarian/industrial-inspired buildings of today.

    • Chrono mancer
      Chrono mancer Month ago +1

      well it isn't in europe where the climate will not Delete any building or a Heritage site with a proper tourist industry

    • LegendarySkypenis
      LegendarySkypenis Month ago +3

      @Mommy's Little Boy its a small room not a home.

    • Mommy's Little Boy
      Mommy's Little Boy Month ago +1

      @Prince Hasn nah thats a dream apartment for people who like small homes

    • らてちゃん
      らてちゃん Month ago +1

      They are dismantling this building soon. :(

  • Patterrz
    Patterrz 9 months ago +2391

    Sad to see so many interesting looking buildings get torn down and replaced with generic towers

    • Peter Blake
      Peter Blake 8 months ago +1

      @demun I think it's more that buildings over 20 years old depreciate to nothing, in bean counter terms. Of course the land is still stupidly expensive, which is what causes this unbreakable cycle of renewal.

    • HarriHaffi
      HarriHaffi 9 months ago


    • Millery
      Millery 9 months ago +2

      @Peter Müller Then again, function over aesthetic. We'd prefer function big time over hogwarts looking building. Our current brick building still uses fan and our country is humid and hot at the same time. We need to realize different countries have different situations.

    • Laoch
      Laoch 9 months ago

      its not sad at all, its things like this is why japan is such a depressed society

    • Lamp
      Lamp 9 months ago +1

      I like the designs as well. It may not have modern appliances, but bland is boring.

  • Kittikat4124
    Kittikat4124 8 months ago +289

    I hope that when this building eventually comes down, a capsule or two is saved. Especially that original 70s capsule, it is such a good visual of the time period

    • StanishStudios
      StanishStudios Month ago +1

      Apparently the plan is to distribute the capsules around the world, to museums and private collections

    • BadDriversOfTennessee
      BadDriversOfTennessee 3 months ago +1

      @VT_HIKARU There are about 20 people still living in the building.

    • Ajay V
      Ajay V 3 months ago +2

      it is a time capsule now

      VT_HIKARU 3 months ago +4

      I hope they do what the guy said and create like a 20 or so capsule community they can air bnb or rent out.

  • Ian Cunningham
    Ian Cunningham 8 months ago +50

    As an architecture student, I appreciate you making a video about this fascinating building. It was a big culture shock for me when I realized that historic preservation and adaptive reuse are not as commonly practiced in Japan as they are in Europe or even the U.S. It was tragic how they demolished Harajuku station, which survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and WWII bombing only to be torn down for expediency's sake. There is, however, a longstanding ethos in Japan that stresses impermanence and continual renewal, epitomized by the shrine at Ise that's torn down and rebuilt every 20 years, that is very much antithetical to the western impulse to preserve everything in perpetuity. The metabolist movement was very much in line with that ethos and was very influential globally. We tend not to think of houses as being disposable, but then nowadays more and more things are being designed to be replaced periodically, such as cell phones. With the Nakagin Capsule Tower the idea is that the structural core containing the stairwell would serve as a more permanent 'megastructure' while the capsules are replaced more frequently. Maybe if there had been more towers like it built it would've been economically feasible to manufacture capsules from an economy of scale perspective. The modular prefabricated home is still very much alive and Muji even sells their own minimalist versions, just without the fixed megastructure core. The capsules themselves are not what is architecturally significant about the Nakagin Capsule Tower. It's the whole system.

  • vargsieber
    vargsieber 3 months ago +24

    i love the concept, with a few tweaks i could see this idea working in the future again, for example with easier removable/swappable capsules.
    it's a great idea for every crowded region worldwide.

  • Soggy
    Soggy 9 months ago +105

    I can't explain how incredible these videos are! They're educational, the guests are awesome, the filmaking, editing, and the humor is absolutely incredible. Let's get Chris to 3 million subs!

  • Cabbage Cat
    Cabbage Cat 9 months ago +685

    the inside really does look futuristic, it's like the inside of a spaceship cabin

    • Thread Bomb
      Thread Bomb 9 months ago

      I would always be worried about my room falling off the building and into the street.

    • ghost
      ghost 9 months ago

      @S2mple In Sim City: societies, this building was the most efficiant housing you could use and was part of the “cyberpunk” city theming

    • MalinaIzEtiopije
      MalinaIzEtiopije 9 months ago

      Gives you that futurestic depressing feeling, very cool and unique building

    • (っ◔◡◔)っ Cy Gonzalez
      (っ◔◡◔)っ Cy Gonzalez 9 months ago +2

      Or an escape pod...

    • Niko Holopainen
      Niko Holopainen 9 months ago +1

      It's like the cabin that Royal Caribbean and the lot never thought of..

  • Shaina Rae
    Shaina Rae 8 months ago +18

    I feel like these would be amazing dorm rooms. I know I would have given just about anything to have no had roommates and to have had my own private bathroom when I was in college. It will be a shame to see this neat building go.

  • Crystan
    Crystan 8 months ago +25

    I've seen this building so often in shots of Tokyo, and it's great to finally see what it's like from the inside. Definitely one of my favourite Abroad in Japan episodes so far, and I hope they're able to preserve some of that history.

  • James Fleming
    James Fleming 9 months ago +26

    The quality of production on this (and basically every other one you put out) is just insane. I honestly feel this is one of the best channels on TheXvid. And I watch more TheXvid than I care to admit.

  • Agelis
    Agelis 6 months ago +40

    I'd love to have my own Capsule to live in, it is such a cool idea, they should build a new one with more forward thinking, keeping in mind the miss steps they previously made.

  • Bibo
    Bibo 9 months ago +466

    It’s so unfortunate that such an innovative style of building was thrown aside over the years. I’m happy to hear that there is a crowd funding movement to immortalize some of these capsules as potential pieces of history.

    • Rebecca Conlon
      Rebecca Conlon 8 months ago +1

      @Owlly Mannstein wouldn't take much to get mold etc

    • Mr
      Mr 9 months ago +1

      @Owlly Mannstein lots of people living in downtown areas of Asian cities live in small spaces. Being in the center of everything means your yard is the local park, your living room is any of the thousands of cafes/bars, your dining room is any of the restaurants etc.
      It's a great setup for singles in their 20s/30s. Who wants to spend too much time trying to maintain a big space anyway when you could be living life.

    • Mr. Mul
      Mr. Mul 9 months ago +3

      Technically, the production techniques are still used today and improved.
      Like how it is explained in video, the capsule was supposed to be changed every 25 years because of the materials.
      Today the concept of "produce the module somewhere and place it like lego" is still being used to make apartements.
      The production use more durable material such as concrete so it can survive longer.

    • Chris Bates
      Chris Bates 9 months ago +1

      I just watched a video on the housing problem in Hong Kong unfortunately entire families live in a space this small

    • Inter Idoru Artist Management
      Inter Idoru Artist Management 9 months ago

      @Owlly Mannstein You can see the air-con / ventilation system on the wall in one of the shots. It can be hot, cool, or just fan input of air from outside.

  • privatemale
    privatemale 5 months ago +17

    I've seen pictures of that building many times and didn't realize that there was only one like it. It is a shame that the idea didn't catch on more. In the last decade shipping containers became pretty popular for a similar style of construction, so you can tell the idea still has some popularity. I think a modular individual unit design like that would work well for cities in the US where low income housing is hard to find. Individual modules should be pretty cheap to mass produce. Just need to set them up in some sort of super structure with the utility hookups and you're good to go. Too bad our building codes are so strict in most places. It would be a lot better to have people watching TV all day in their own low cost capsule apartment than homeless and wandering around the street, like we are increasingly seeing in the US right now.

      VT_HIKARU 3 months ago +3

      This type of building would be perfect for college kids I mean a dorm is usually not that much bigger and is often shared

    • Garry Ferrington
      Garry Ferrington 4 months ago +3

      That's actually a good idea.

  • zau64
    zau64 4 months ago +18

    I think if they refined its design a little, I could see similar apartments taking off in the US. There's a ton of people who like tiny homes, and this gives access to the same idea for inner city living. Removable capsules are a cool idea, but would need better implementation without too much expense.

  • Ryanne Christine
    Ryanne Christine 9 months ago +808

    “jenga with washing machines” thats literally my first thought

    • Schrödinger's Cat
      Schrödinger's Cat 9 months ago +15

      The seriousness and earnest way he said it made me laugh so hard.

  • t33th4n
    t33th4n 6 months ago +9

    As capsules seems to be modular, one could install different things in them, and allow someone to "own" multiple modules. The only flaw of this is really they should have been made it easy to replace them, somewhat more easily.

  • ŻuKu PLayer
    ŻuKu PLayer 9 months ago +261

    As a foreign tourist travelling alone, this could be a perfect substitute for a capsule hotel. I'd love to stay in such place. Too bad they won't preserve it, nor recreate it with eliminating the flaws of it's predecessor. It's a shame that new generations won't ever see buildings like this with their own eyes anymore.

  • Eli B
    Eli B 8 months ago +53

    That man is a Japanese national treasure caring so much about the future of the building like that. Great video.

  • E Powell
    E Powell 8 months ago +36

    As someone raised by hoarders and having her own hoarding issues, the idea of owning one of these as a second residence is appealing: a little getaway from the things that own you. I don't think living there 24/7 for weeks at a time would be nice, but could be a great way for people to reset, sort of like a depravation tank. I imagine it would be very peaceful.

    • MiuNya
      MiuNya Month ago

      He said most of them use it as a second hobbie home. Probably would be awesome for setting up my drawing tablet and or other artistic hobbies.

    • Sunny Scott
      Sunny Scott 5 months ago +3

      LOL...I understand completely. I'm a bit of a hoarder myself. My philosophy is "One is none, Two is one " so I have at least two of every thing I like. But I do enjoy getting away from it to a nice, clean, comfortable hotel room with no clutter. I go on my retreats at least once a quarter. It's nice to relax.

    • Henry Ottis
      Henry Ottis 6 months ago +3

      @E Powell
      I totally agree with you as I sometimes fantasize about packing a single suitcase and leaving all my stuff behind because it overwhelms me.........even though I love my stuff, it definitely owns you.

    • E Powell
      E Powell 7 months ago

      @ELF ryeorin *hugs* lol. It's so hard to fight it, especially since I'm a crafter :P

    • ELF ryeorin
      ELF ryeorin 7 months ago

      "As someone raised by hoarders and having her own hoarding issues."
      I've never come upon such phrases that describes myself so well. 😂

  • Fluffdragon Purrsonal
    Fluffdragon Purrsonal 9 months ago +26

    This video really makes me grateful that I was able to visit both the old Sega building and the old Harajuku station. Admittedly, the old Harajuku station was a foot traffic nightmare (every time I went there it was extremely crowded) and the new one does a lot to open it up and make it accessible - but I wish they would have kept the old “house” bit at least at that one entrance! I unfortunately did not get to visit the beautiful Nakagin building (half of my year living there was the very first lockdown, so many of my plans for visiting things were out the window) so I’m really glad this video exists. I hope desperately that I can return to Japan before its demolition but if I can’t, I can always watch this video to appreciate its beauty. :)

  • Cheryl M
    Cheryl M 6 months ago +10

    Such an interesting concept! I've never heard of it. I would think, that with modern technology, it's possible to rebuild it where the capsules can all be removed and replaced without disturbing any of the others. There could be single capsule units and multi-capsule units for varying household sizes. As couples become empty-nesters they could sell off one of their capsules without having to move. I wish the new property owners would give that a try!

  • Cantaloupeslope
    Cantaloupeslope 9 months ago +481

    I just like to think that we wouldn’t have these in-depth looks at these places without Chris. Thanks for showing some of these hidden gems. (Not so hidden in this case but you get what I mean)

    • Zachary Ray
      Zachary Ray 9 months ago

      @Rob Punsalan Probably a bot. Just report the actual channel AND comment. Only thing we can do to keep the bots somewhat away.

    • Aditya Sharma
      Aditya Sharma 9 months ago +6

      Showing the real stuff in Japan

  • Clifton Tibbits
    Clifton Tibbits 8 months ago +15

    This building when and why it was built was brilliant and ahead of it’s time I think,a historical site as well land mark that should be allowed to stay and preserved, with today’s building improvements and current technologies available this type of building and as housing units could be the answer…great video and topic, thanks for sharing take care everyone….

  • Secret Scarlet
    Secret Scarlet 8 months ago +33

    Fascinating! While the building might be gone in the next years, at least you fulfilled your dream and captured it on video forever. 😊

  • CanOfMinus
    CanOfMinus 9 months ago +19

    I can definitely see these capsules finding homes at Architecture and Design schools, maybe in the homes few eccentric millionaires. I'd love for one of these to end up the Japanese country side.

  • McCool117
    McCool117 4 months ago +3

    The design is actually pretty interesting.
    It would be sad to see this type of building go.
    Due to the focus of small spaces in Japan, especially Tokyo, there could be a future for modular buildings like this.
    If you had a better mounting system that allowed capsules to be individually installed and removed, and updated materials, the applications could be pretty flexible.
    Also if they had multiple locations across the country, you could literally move the entire capsule between cities.
    It sounds a bit crazy taking a mini building wherever you go, but maybe some people would like that over packing everything up.

  • SheKnives
    SheKnives 9 months ago +1538

    Whenever the tower does come down. I hope they manage to keep the original capsule intake. It'd be cool to have in a museum.

    • Big bird
      Big bird 5 months ago

      @DragnTulius' Chat Room - One Piece Discussions also maybe English isn't your first language, but your not very coherent

    • Big bird
      Big bird 5 months ago

      @DragnTulius' Chat Room - One Piece Discussions more like reported him for the right to free speech

    • Z64 Sports
      Z64 Sports 5 months ago

      It'd be cool if they allowed you to use the electronics too

    • Patty Kochenower
      Patty Kochenower 6 months ago +1

      Yes definitely!

  • Ichi Senpai
    Ichi Senpai 9 months ago +4

    That was really cool to see. I don't know if I could live in a tiny space like that without loosing my mind.
    But what I really like to know is how much it would cost to live there. Like do you have rent or do you buy a capsule?

  • April Gutierrez
    April Gutierrez 9 months ago +11

    Fantastic video! Loved the intact module. The interior was so nostalgic for me. It makes me sad that no one saw Kurokawa's vision through and updated or replaced the modules over time. Wonder how it would look if that had happened, especially merging capsules for families. I'm glad to hear some of the capsules will be preserved. Hope I can visit one when that happens. Had a good chuckle about the reel to reel - - I took my parents' reel to reel to college with me oh so long ago.

  • Meglet Montrose-Cazalet

    It does look very rundown. Could they have worked in a REQUIRED cleaning period into the deeds for every individual buyer? That seems like a major oversight. There could be any number of reasons a capsule needs to be removed. Having their hands so firmly tied has lead to ruin. Capsule owners won’t have anything left to own.

  • Kairon156
    Kairon156 2 months ago

    It's too bad classic architecture is such a rare thing and tends to focus on those stupid mega sky scrapers rather than normal towers like this.
    With a new capsules tower I would have them big enough for a small kitchen and have proper air circulation.

  • SeanHodgins
    SeanHodgins 9 months ago +846

    I'm so glad you were able to capture the inside on video! I've always loved this building. Ironically this is a great representation of the dystopian cyberpunk future. A failed system that has become dilapidated and rundown.
    How do I get my hands on a capsule?

    • Mel
      Mel 9 months ago +1

      Reminded me of Fifth Element!

    • LucielStarz123
      LucielStarz123 9 months ago +14

      Contact Alex Shapiro I guess?

  • Unk L Matt
    Unk L Matt 2 months ago

    Bloody hell, that stereo system is older than I am!

  • Athaphian
    Athaphian 2 months ago

    This building is immortalized in Transport Tycoon.

  • may contain nuts
    may contain nuts 5 months ago

    Chris stressing about how tiny the rooms are but they're about the size of my own bedroom i've lived in for the past few months lmao

  • lianfairyqt
    lianfairyqt 5 months ago

    The owner is very kind

  • Mona darling
    Mona darling 5 months ago

    Looks like space and interior of Ibis hotel..lmao..

  • DoomerMedia
    DoomerMedia  6 months ago

    So much housing and it’s never affordable 😔

  • The Cocktailian
    The Cocktailian 6 months ago

    Not sure if the building or capsules need to be saved. I quite like the future rendition of the skyline where there were multiple of these buildings. As such, as long as the idea is there it shall persist. Amazing artistry or architecture this is not. Cool, yes, heritage? not so much.

  • Melissa Ladd
    Melissa Ladd 6 months ago

    washer machine building!

  • Hmuda
    Hmuda 9 months ago +211

    I remember this one from Transport Tycoon. There was a tall building modeled after this one in it that grew in successful cities. Thanks for showing off the original. :)

    • username1nmillion
      username1nmillion 9 months ago

      @Abroad in Japan I could live in one of those apartments in that building *IF* i wanted to stay in bed *ALL DAY* and never have visitors 👤🗳 . Give that original capsule with tweaked redesign of an added Microwave , bar fridge , draws built-in all over the walls { as wardrobe space } & then replace the reel-to-reel with dual set cassette & DVD/CD player. Love for a joke { *IF* i was living in it } a generator in that unit that artificially makes the space in it zero gravity , to shock-suprise anyone who arrives delivering takeaway. 🤭🇦🇺🇳🇴 🏣🇯🇵⏳

    • Bongoliath
      Bongoliath 9 months ago +1

      @SirSnufflelots It was also in the terrible Sim City Societies game and it got minus one happiness by default. I now see why.

    • SirSnufflelots
      SirSnufflelots 9 months ago +1

      @Abroad in Japan I'll bet good money there's at least a version of it in the Steam Workshop for Cities: Skylines if not already in some form of official DLC.

    • Abroad in Japan
      Abroad in Japan  9 months ago +102

      Haha, I remember it too! Delighted it was forever immortalised in that absolute classic of a game

  • thefrenchiestfry
    thefrenchiestfry 7 months ago

    me to my boyfriend: 9:18

  • wbjeg
    wbjeg 7 months ago

    the roundness of the entrance and especially the way you have to step over a thing to get into the bathroom feels very nautical

  • Ali Boone REI Coaching
    Ali Boone REI Coaching 7 months ago

    Such an interesting watch. I loved the lego replica haha.

  • Charlie Rules
    Charlie Rules 7 months ago

    A cruise cabin without fresh air.

  • jesseg1699
    jesseg1699 9 months ago +272

    I wonder why they didnt just turn it into a hotel. Someones apartment you cant really disrupt to move a cube, but a hotel room you could. Im sure there are a lot of tourists who would love to stay in a cube.

    • swesttttt
      swesttttt 2 months ago +1

      The Asbestos would be a nightmare for insurance purposes, I’d think.

    • George Jackson
      George Jackson 9 months ago +1

      There were one or two of them on Airbnb a few years back. Although the owner told me to be quick coming in/leaving and not to talk to the security staff. D:

    • Kavamale Kava
      Kavamale Kava 9 months ago +3

      @iamthinking2252 _ yes they are but it's different type of capsule. This if you wach video is basically size of small hotel room. Unique thing about this building is concept possibilities of scalability and simplicity of it. It's similar to prefabricated buildings but with more unique approach.

    • iamthinking2252 _
      iamthinking2252 _ 9 months ago

      I swear I thought capsule hotels existed

    • Kavamale Kava
      Kavamale Kava 9 months ago +31

      probably because every capsule private owned. if all building had single willing owner it woud be posible to renew capsules upgrade or even expand desing and protect it from dissaray. is it modular as was invisioned you can even remove all capsules rebuild upgrade main tower and ad new ones sell old ones. its like building size lego. cool idea but expensive to maintain.

  • ardin salim
    ardin salim 8 months ago

    is trypophobia nightmare

  • Michael Gordon
    Michael Gordon 8 months ago

    The third capsule looks like it would be a fun place to stay for a few days, if it wasn't for the damp and general dilapidation of the inter-capsule space. Unfortunately the building is suffering the fate of almost all the 60s/70s concrete blocks that didn't allocate any money for continuing maintenance; streaks of discolouration everywhere, leaks, concrete cracking and crumbling off the rebar, etc. Given all of that, plus the fact that the exterior is extremely ugly (the video's description of it as a stack of washing machines is accurate ), I think the best solution is to dismantle it before it falls down. Keep some of the capsules certainly - there are all sorts of interesting things you could do with them - but the building itself is clearly doomed.

  • Elizabeth Humphries
    Elizabeth Humphries 8 months ago

    Maybe this video will help it.

  • A R
    A R 8 months ago

    Whats up with that face in the window @3:51

  • Chantal Russell
    Chantal Russell 9 months ago +322

    I can’t believe I lived my life without this channel until about a week ago. I’ve binged watched the content ever since, and I’m absolutely OBSESSED!
    I think this might be the very best travel channel that has ever existed- it has such a great balance of history, culture, travel tips, human interest, and comedy. I’ve never felt compelled to donate via Patreon to any channel until this one, but now I’m a member. Please always keep the amazing content coming, I will watch every single video you ever make!

    • Dorian
      Dorian 9 months ago +1


    • Do u no de Wei
      Do u no de Wei 9 months ago +1

      I have been watching this channel since almost 5 years apx and have to say I have had the same hype for every video he uploads always super excited to watch his videos . It's more like a gang of super awesome youtubers in Japan for ex sharla, Rachel and jun, Chris, etc once u start watching them soon u will feel like family.🤣

    • A Guy That Thinks
      A Guy That Thinks 9 months ago +3

      Yeaaaa....You have been missin out for sure. Just binge watch the channel this weekend

    • Chantal Russell
      Chantal Russell 9 months ago +3

      @Humberto Amorim ooo! Will do, thanks for the tip!

  • Taekatanahu
    Taekatanahu 8 months ago

    I mean, once you go inside the building it becomes quite obvious why it has to be torn down. But from outside it looks interesting, in its own depressive way like all modern architecture.

  • Kevin Hs
    Kevin Hs 8 months ago

    Why is it, whenever I watch Chris channel, my vocabulary always get added with new words I've never heard before

  • iftitah
    iftitah 8 months ago

    Too much volcano now is on top of the chart!

  • Caleum
    Caleum 9 months ago

    That is one ugly ass building!!

  • Alyssa
    Alyssa 9 months ago

    This has piqued my interest 🤔🤔🤔

  • ollie 120
    ollie 120 9 months ago

    These remind me of the container rooms we have in the Netherlands.
    (Don't know if those are anywhere else)
    Those are a bit bigger with a kitchen area and bathroom

  • Naughty Ned Flanders
    Naughty Ned Flanders 9 months ago

    Honestly those capsules were way bigger than I thought they would be. I though it was a 3 square meter room.

  • adeptus
    adeptus 9 months ago

    Interesting though it is, that is one ugly building. It looks like some kind of horrible skin disease.

  • Ainsley Harriott
    Ainsley Harriott 9 months ago +440

    The fact that you can’t open the windows would be a dealbreaker for me. The air would get too stale.

    • emil lion
      emil lion 9 months ago +2

      The better to smell the asbestos.

    • Graceful Dragon
      Graceful Dragon 9 months ago +19

      This probably contributed to all the damp/water damage on the walls.

    • Susynoid0458
      Susynoid0458 9 months ago +7

      I would legit just break the window and keep the internal plastic frame as a window.

    • TechWizPC
      TechWizPC 9 months ago +2

      It looks you will need indoor plants to recycle air at the least.

  • Simone
    Simone 9 months ago

    They were really thinking there would've been generations of yuppies just sleeping and washing in those capsules, the rest being just living between office and restaurants / clubs.

  • Isabella1680
    Isabella1680 9 months ago

    whaaaattttr, the changed Harajuku Station 😳😳😳😳😳 my god, I totally didn't expect THIS when I started watching the video 🥺🥺

  • Joe
    Joe 9 months ago

    Awersome video

  • Julia J
    Julia J 9 months ago

    The bathtub is so small! How does someone fit in there and take a bath?

  • Esteban Ley
    Esteban Ley 9 months ago +198

    As an Architectural Designer, I just wanted to say thank you for this amazing walk through of such an important Japanese building, and especially for sharing some of the history behind the Metabolist movement. It’s cool that you mentioned earlier precedents of the movement and brought knowledge of such an influential building to your wider audience. If any one is interested in other metabolist works please look in to other designs of the architects discussed in the video!

    • Carlos Salazar
      Carlos Salazar 8 months ago

      @Thierry F Sure, countless limits are imposed into things when we apply them, although in theory we can think them limitless, which is what something like the Metabolism Movement offers us a small glimpse of

    • Thierry F
      Thierry F 8 months ago

      @Carlos Salazar you mean in fact the possibilities of architecture not restrained by human nature.

    • Carlos Salazar
      Carlos Salazar 8 months ago

      @Thierry F I think it’s important in the sense that it shows the possibilities of architecture that is not restrained by economy or practicality, maybe it was a failure in practice, but for people interested in this kind of thing, it’s fascinating. Kind of like imagining a movie with unlimited budget, or animation with 100 drawn frames per second

    • Thierry F
      Thierry F 8 months ago

      I am a bit surprised that you present a total failure as an important or influential building. .what does that failure say about the metabolist movement should be your question.

  • Bassman A2Z
    Bassman A2Z 9 months ago

    Thanks for the great content.

  • justin basco
    justin basco 9 months ago

    That odea to make a capsule village somewhere will be so cool. That would be a nice continuation, the capsules' afterlife.

  • mattihp
    mattihp 9 months ago

    I wonder which capsule would have best suited Joe Thomas

  • Obsidian Nebula
    Obsidian Nebula 9 months ago

    You could always move them to a different city or town, at least some of them

  • Bruce Townsend
    Bruce Townsend 9 months ago +204

    “Jenga with washing machines” is brilliant! What a great turn of phrase Chris has.
    Just one of the many great reasons to watch this channel.

    • E
      E 9 months ago

      Truly!! haha

  • Anthony Barratt
    Anthony Barratt 9 months ago

    Reminds me of ready player one

  • mrthoms0n1
    mrthoms0n1 3 months ago

    Just old plastic disgusting small rooms, windows dont fuckin open, holy Christ is this an apartment or a torture?
    Just watching this I get anxious.

  • Teokotai Andrew
    Teokotai Andrew 4 months ago

    they should renobate it and turn it into a hotel for tourists

  • Ace Ace
    Ace Ace 4 months ago

    thats the ugliest building ever

  • Locky
    Locky 9 months ago +108

    This Alex guy is actually pretty cool, Id like to see more of these japanese peculiar architectures with the two of you

    • Alayna Jordan
      Alayna Jordan 9 months ago

      He's collaborated with him before on videos, I think one was about the most expensive apartment in Tokyo?

  • Shotta bwoi
    Shotta bwoi 4 months ago

    This isn't actual living,, ITS DORMITORY!

  • Dr. Ina Melny
    Dr. Ina Melny 7 months ago

    asbestos was all I needed to hear

  • MaverickVAL
    MaverickVAL 8 months ago

    more countries should have their own Little Boy and Fat Man, the glow up afterwards is worth it imo

  • Chris W
    Chris W Month ago +3

    I think that they should build a similar building but include a mechanical system that moves the capsules .

  • 121dan121
    121dan121 9 months ago +168

    I'd like to imagine a future where there's lots of capsule towers and when you move you can take your capsule with you and slot it into a different tower

    • ザム「Zam」
      ザム「Zam」 9 months ago

      That was the original plan.

    • Top
      Top 9 months ago

      All your possessions are electromagnetic locked into place and the capsule just gets crane moved. Boom job done.

    • Squash n.
      Squash n. 9 months ago

      The common closest you can get are portable office containers at construction sites. or a more domesticated designed freight container.
      But I just got reminded of one episode of The Simpsons where the end of the episode the entire town was moving and the buildings were being carried on trucks. (I forgot what was the context and this was literally the last 10 seconds, homer just needed to make a jump to get to Moe's)

    • Nabram
      Nabram 9 months ago +9

      This is shitty idea, small living spaces aid negative feelings like depression.

    • Steve-B
      Steve-B 9 months ago +14

      Fuck no! I imagine everyone crammed into smart cities as my idea of hell.

  • Axterix13
    Axterix13 9 months ago +2

    You know, it'd be it sort of cool if the building it was replaced with was a hotel that maintained the same sort of look on the outside. Hotel rooms generally don't need to be that big, and you could maintain the outside look while having the actual room be two capsules worth of space. It could even have a few special rooms that are modeled on the capsules, size and all, to preserve the heritage even more.

  • Jakob Larok
    Jakob Larok 9 months ago +320

    I'm glad that Natsuki made it to the airwaves with his breakout hit, "Too Much Volcano". Priceless...

  • Cheryl Semrau
    Cheryl Semrau 8 months ago +2

    Very interesting. I would love to see this before they take it apart. Love the design. Could rebuild a new one but have three or four capsules together. There could be one for the living room, one for kitchen, one for bedroom, one for bathroom.

  • Haitaka123
    Haitaka123 9 months ago +38

    As someone whose dream of inheriting my grandparent’s house, which is stuffed full of asbestos, was crushed, I can say with confidence that anything even remotely near an asbestos-containing material layer should not be used as housing or living space. It’s a one-way trip to awful acute oesophagus inflammation and lung cancer.

    • Sky Tek
      Sky Tek 5 months ago +1

      Remediation exists, but can be unpractical depending on the amount.

    • swedish house mafia
      swedish house mafia 9 months ago +1

      yes, very sad

  • Ryan Powell
    Ryan Powell 9 months ago +517

    i always get so excited when you upload xD

    • j-maoh
      j-maoh 9 months ago


    • Alex
      Alex 9 months ago

      same. Best channel on yt.

    • Vankyler
      Vankyler 9 months ago +2


    • James Imm
      James Imm 9 months ago +2

      Whenever Chris uploads, I always think "yup, today's dinner is gonna be entertaining to eat" 😅....