In pictures: Less is more, minimalism in Japan

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image captionFumio Sasaki is one of a growing number of Japanese people deciding that less is more and living in a minimalist way.
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image captionTwo years ago, Sasaki became tired of keeping up with trends and so set about paring down his possessions. "I kept thinking about what I did not own, what was missing," he said.
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image caption"Spending less time on cleaning or shopping means I have more time to spend with friends, go out, or travel on my days off. I have become a lot more active," Sasaki said.
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image captionThe goal is not just decluttering but re-evaluating what possessions mean. For some it is about gaining time to concentrate on other aspects of their lives.
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image caption"In the west, making a space complete means placing something there," said Naoki Numahata, a freelance writer.
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image caption"But with tea ceremonies, or Zen, things are left incomplete on purpose to let the person's imagination make that space complete."
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image captionNumahata's daughter's clothes hang from colourful hangers, against the white walls.
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image caption"It's not that I had more things than the average person, but that didn't mean that I valued or liked everything I owned," said Katsuya Toyoda, an online publication editor who has only one table and one futon in his 22-square-metre apartment.
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image caption"I became a minimalist so I could let things I truly liked surface in my life," adds Toyoda.
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image captionSaeko Kushibiki stores away her futon mattress in her apartment in Fujisawa.
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image captionIn her kitchen, jars of spices sit under Kushibiki's tea cup.

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