Shut Out The World With This Japanese Isolation Booth

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Shut Out The World With This Japanese Isolation Booth

The $8,000 "relaxation booth" lets you contemplate your figurine collection in private.

For many of us, our childhoods were carefree affairs, where the afternoons were filled with gaming and friendship. But as the death-march of time leads on into adulthood, we find that there's just less and less time for our precious hobbies. Now, you can shut out the painful and distracting world around you with the Kakureya, a private "relaxation room for man and woman".

The Kakureya seals the user inside a 4'x4' pod. Inside is a mount for a monitor or TV, a desk, and numerous shelves and racks. The Japanese manufacturer depicts various ways they anticipate the pod being used, such as working in peace and quiet, watching The Phantom Menace while drinking alone, and contemplating your Gundam figurine collection, all in the privacy of your personal relaxation booth.

The Kakureya costs 798,000 yen, or about $8,000 US dollars, and as such, comes built-to-order. For that kind of price, I'm surprised that it doesn't come equipped with a toilet, or at least a box of astronaut diapers. That said, I'd be mindful of what kind of PC you bring with you, as I can quickly see the booth becoming a furnace with most gaming rigs (unless you built a heat pipe/exhaust system). Also, please note that the booth is not soundproof, so for the love of god, bring a pair of headphones.

Source: Kagu-Cozy via Kotaku

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In the west we have the term "man caves" for this. So is it right if I were to call this a "man box"?
Also, because I know others will, I'd want a box no one can see in either if I'm watching the prequel trilogy for Star Wars. XD

So... it's basically an $8,000 pillow fort then?

Does it at least dispense tissues and lotion?

I kind of had the idea of something like that in my mind for a long while, but now that I see it in tangible form, it's... pretty bizarre. Even then, though, I don't really see what it could do that a simple bedroom can't.

As cool as it is I don't think its worth 8 grand. I'm sure people could make one themselves that is much better and cheaper.

Not being sound proof would loose a lot of stuff you could do in there

As strange as it looks, I can see it selling. Not quickly mind you, but it would sell. (the price being the deciding factor of course) I'll be the first to admit that I wouldn't mind one. Someone mentioned a man cave, this is the smaller version. There's you private booth/box of stuff. Peace and quiet when you don't have the aforementioned room.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I want this.

Badly.

I wonder what the soundproofing is like in there, because I wouldn't mind having one if it means I can try my hand at quietly recording some voice over demos.

An Ceannaire:
I'm not ashamed to admit that I want this.

Badly.

I'm kinda ashamed that I want this. But man oh man does this say "control over my environment" where little control is had and that's sold at a premium.

Heck I want two. One for work.

But it's not soundproof?

Eight thousand bucks but it isn't soundproof? Then what is the bloody point? Also, the profit margin on these must be 7000 bucks then?

I wonder how the ventilation is. It could get pretty toasty in there with a pc.

Zhukov:
So... it's basically an $8,000 pillow fort then?

Does it at least dispense tissues and lotion?

My first thought seeing the picture was personal jerk-off booth. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose brain went there.

Zhukov:
So... it's basically an $8,000 pillow fort then?

Does it at least dispense tissues and lotion?

Pretty much this. I don't need a box to crawl in to get my solitude, sheez.

Anyway, I'm going to start charging $7.999 to anyone who wants to switch lives for a day.

Lightknight:

An Ceannaire:
I'm not ashamed to admit that I want this.

Badly.

I'm kinda ashamed that I want this. But man oh man does this say "control over my environment" where little control is had and that's sold at a premium.

Heck I want two. One for work.

Well, you can have very little control, or very little environment, I suppose...least it looks so.

This only makes sense if you're living someplace with a population density of Tokyo, otherwise you probably have a room or rooms to yourself and this wouldn't make any sense.

1) It costs 8 000 usd and is not soundproof? What?
2) It looks like something Aperture Science might come up with.

At first I thought it was just a sound isolation booth, but then I saw the little shelves for figurines.

Oh my God, I can't stop laughing at this.

I know married guys whose wives cannot stand the sight of their highly prized Sideshow Toys collections.

Oh man, that was a good laugh.

watching The Phantom Menace while drinking alone,

In figurative terms, this statement can be used to sum up my entire life pretty accurately. :3

Also, please note that the booth is not soundproof,

I was actually going to say "I'd get one if I could afford it" but...well...you'd think being "sound proof" would be one of the entire points of having an "isolation" pod... >.>

Im not entirely convinced you can fit a full/mid sized case in there.
That Dell Small tower barley fits.
Also 4 vents for air, I think just a TV screen and your body heat will cook you after an hour or two.

I'm kind of on the edge about this, on one hand I could probably make one that has a bit more room than 4'x4' and being soundproof and possibly a ventilation system for gaming PC's, on the other hand, as built it would be a half decent thing for the person wanting his or her own personal space where he might not have the privacy he/she wants.

being said, it's not really an isolation booth when you can still hear the outside world.

Now, the question is, if it was soundproof as standard, how many people here would put a latch on it to prank their roommates or friends?

..... just me?

okay then.

If it's not soundproof, it's hard to get excited. Really that's the main reason I'd want something like this. Then again, it wouldn't be too terribly difficult to soundproof it yourself. Might make it a little less nice-looking, but it's definitely doable.

As far as a computer or game console, it'd probably be better to leave that outside the booth. Drill a small cable hole or two if there isn't one already, and only have the parts you're actually interacting with (keyboard, controllers, etc) inside the booth. Should keep heat to a minimum.

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This is actually a decent thing to have in public places so you can talk on the phone if you need to.

Kind of hard to "Shut out the World" if it isn't soundproof...

Not sound proofed, not air conditioned or even heat vented, not even a built in ice box for cold drinks...

What the heck are you paying your eight grand for again? It's a box with some shelving and (really uncomfortable looking) chair. One trip to a Home Depot and an Office Max and I could slap something like this together for far less than that.

I just love the visual image of sitting alone in your isolation booth sipping bourbon and watching The Phantom Menace!

Shut the world out

Uhh... how exactly does that work when the thing is NOT soundproof?

Well, I got to say... that is a creative way of doing something that would seem a bit odd to do in the first place... Like spending 8K on a box that gives you the freedom of watching the Star Wars Prequels without feeling any sort of shame about doing something like that...

Except, replace the whole shame part with regretting to spend the money on just making what we call a "man cave"... (Same difference, I guess... I mean, this box could have been the cheaper alternative to a "man cave" for all we know...)

Coming from Japan, i assume the target audience might be otaku, i mean it would be literally shutting your self in...
Kind of odd really.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this what rooms are for? You know, those things houses are divided into that have doors you can close. Do people in Japan not have those?

RatherDull:
This is actually a decent thing to have in public places so you can talk on the phone if you need to.

Ya, if only there were some kind of booth that one could step into when they want to talk on the phone in a public area.

I think I'll just save $7,999 and erect a cardboard box contraption around my desk, as without any soundproofing it may as well be the same thing.

Although if it was sound proofed, I would expect more sex appropriate dimensions.

Mmmm, because Japan doesn't have enough social problems as it is, not exactly helping themselves out here.

Hope it has air freshener and ventilation, because god knows what it'll smell like after a month of 'use'.

Olas:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this what rooms are for? You know, those things houses are divided into that have doors you can close. Do people in Japan not have those?

RatherDull:
This is actually a decent thing to have in public places so you can talk on the phone if you need to.

Ya, if only there were some kind of booth that one could step into when they want to talk on the phone in a public area.

They don't have those where I live.

Is it weird that I thought of the Suicide booths from Futurama when i saw this story? Also it would be a great torture chamber for claustrophobics. I dunno my heads in weird place today.

First thought, cool idea. I love the feeling of isolation something like this provides.

Second thought, this thing costs twice as much as my car. I could probably build a box like this myself and save a few grand. What are they making this thing out of? I'm sure there's better options for admiring your collection in private, without also marinating in your own BO.

Screw contemplating a Gundam collection, I'd just build my own pilot cockpit inside that thing.

For $8000 you could make a better isolation "booth" than what this if offering.

Just off the top of my head, I'd buy a cheap, second hand Transit Van or ex BT works van, sound proof the interior and kit it out with the same stuff this has, but with more comfort, better amenities, a power supply and ventilation, then just park it on my driveway or in my garden and if I find it's not isolated enough, I'd just drive it to a more isolated location... hell if you look at army surplus auction, you could probably find a solid beast of a vehicle to be the shell of your isolation booth for less than $8000.

If a converted vehicle isn't practical for you, for $8000 you could easily convert a cupboard or section off a corner of a room and still make a better isolation "booth" than this.

I don't know why isolation needs to be synonymous with small, cramped and lacking in features.

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