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Japan is the birthplace of karoshi – “death from overwork” – a word invented in the 1970s to describe deaths caused by work-related stress and pressure. In Tokyo today, many workers take the last train home every night, leaving little time for rest and recuperation. The cost of unchecked corporate loyalty, punctuality, solidarity and discipline is undue amounts of personal stress, anxiety and depression. The work culture in Tokyo can be exhausting and unhealthy. Added to this is the addiction of digital devices. REST ROOM seeks to alleviate worker stress by introducing a series of meditation spaces directly in the space of Tokyo’s growing corporate culture.


Chris Jarrett, Peter Wong, Jesse Lohman

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