While the word houseboat personally conjures up images of ruddy-cheeked retirees comfortably cruising down canals on narrow boats, the concept in Japan seems somewhat different, with the sailing bit obviously seen as a little on the senseless side.
Still, housing wise it does allow more in the way of space,
with two floors,
a garden of sorts,
and also a dainty little door.
Plus, for the neighbourly, there’s rather conveniently a cosy little catamaran concession, which is perhaps perfect for the sharing of condiments or even cabin boys.
(click images for higher-res houses, or bigger boats even)