Samuel Masters for Art-Sheep
Experienced backpackers can readily tell that they had occasionally had to spend the night in a variety of weird, shabby, sometimes even scary places. Most of the people opting to travel this way will agree that as long as its for a little while, this abandonment of comfort is really not that big a deal. There is, however, a hidden guesthouse in Tokyo that truly exceeds expectations when it comes to lack of comfort.
This hotel, occupying just a single floor of an office building in the buzzing capital, offers exceptionally small rooms to its boarders, that are in some cases even permanent inhabitants. Photographer Won Kim after visiting the hotel as a backpacker himself, returns to take pictures of its residents and the way they have made the most of their minuscule living space, while stating, “For me, the real interest of the resulting portraits is in how each resident has made use of a such a small, confining space. 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.”