New Japanese houses have hidden coolers in the floor. Credit: Her Atlas

29. Hidden Floor Storage Acts as an Extra Cooler

This next feature won’t appear in every Japanese home, but it was featured on Her Atlas, a YouTube blogger who moved into a new western style house built in 2017. On the floor of her kitchen, there is a small hidden door that opens up to a space meant for extra food storage. It’s insulated like a cooler, and stays cool at all times since it’s technically outside, under the house. The cooler even comes with a little hole that gives you options for putting ice inside, and draining it when it melts to water. While some people use it as a beer fridge, Her Atlas personally felt that she would rather keep extra dry goods. Something like this might even be a great place to hide your secret stashes of snacks, especially if it’s hidden under a rug. 

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