Feng Shui (or Fu-sui / 風水 in Japanese) is an ancient Chinese system of laws believed to govern spatial arrangements and orientation to maximize energy flows for the benefit of occupants’ businesses of a structure. favorable and unfavorable feng shui effects are taken into account when designing buildings.
Buyers of Chinese heritage include not only the Chinese themselves, but also other countries that originated from Chinese descent. Countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have many citizens who speak Chinese and thus still hold strong feng shui beliefs.
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In Tokyo, a property that appeals to the most favorable feng shui conditions may command a higher price with buyers of Chinese descent.
One is better off with feng shui than without it, is the common opinion among buyers of Chinese heirlooms. furthermore, a large majority of high net worth people of Chinese descent believe in feng shui and many of the positive structural elements that feng shui suggests are aesthetically pleasing regardless of level of belief.
so, accommodating feng shui principles in your property is a good way to achieve an above-average price when you want to sell. while this statement is by no means a guarantee of a high-priced sale, if the goal is to sell to large buyers of Chinese heritage, adherence to and understanding of feng shui principles is a must.
feng shui – basic principles
The most basic of feng shui principles favors square patterns, so if your lot is square along with the basic outline of the house/condo, then it passes the most basic test.
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In addition, it is also beneficial to ensure that the front door does not directly line up with the back door of a house. For feng shui practitioners, the main idea is to protect and preserve the flow of energy throughout the structure. this energy enters the property from the front door, and depending on the design of the property, it will either stay inside longer (which is good) or flow directly out the other side of the structure (which is bad).
Other notable feng shui elements are the location of water outlets and drainage pipes throughout the property. energy loss occurs around drains, so structures that have bathrooms and toilets located around the outer edges of the interior are more favorable than properties with these facilities built in the middle of the interior.
Another item is whether the property is located at the end of a cul-de-sac or directly across from a t-intersection. houses that have front doors that open directly into these places are like trying to drink from a fire hose; there is too much power flowing directly into the house at speeds that are too great to benefit the occupants.
In future articles, I will describe more elements of feng shui, as there are so many aspects to the practice that it is impossible to cover them all in one article. however, before I close, I want to emphasize that while one can strive to improve the favorable conditions of their property, there is no one perfect feng shui criterion that will appeal to all practicing buyers.
This is due to the eight compass points of feng shui. these are directions that point to the cosmos from the earth’s surface and are similar to the western idea of cardinal directions (north/south/east/west) and the four intercardinal directions (ne/se/sw/nw).
according to feng shui, the time someone is born or when a building is completed dictates the kua number corresponding to the cardinal direction that governs compatibility and incompatibility for that being/structure.
kua numbers require an entirely separate article to explain, but those interested in learning more about how kua numbers map to feng shui cardinal directions can learn more here.
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The following illustrates the cardinal directions of compatibility with the enumerated directions of each kua number that are viewed as favorable or unfavorable.
This is why, even though your property adheres to many feng shui principles, some practicing buyers will walk away while others make offers; the kua number of your property is compatible with that of the latter but not with that of the former.
due to kua numbers, not all feng shui practitioners will be compatible with your property.
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again, regardless of whether you believe in feng shui, if you are interested in selling your property at aggressive prices aimed at Chinese heritage buyers, favorable feng shui terms are the only way to add the value that justifies the buyer for what its price is worth.
editor’s note: shirley is director of sales for housing japan. she has sold billions of yen worth of real estate and she has arguably the highest customer satisfaction rating in the industry. shirley writes a weekly column for japan accommodation readers to help illustrate the common challenges buyers and sellers have when negotiating residential property in tokyo.
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