A frequently overlooked aspect of kitchens in general is the importance of storage. In fact, most of the space in a kitchen is given over to the storage of utensils and equipment as well as the food itself.

Japanese kitchens have some unique features in this respect that include cutting-edge technology, tried-and-true tradition and everything in between.

The dominant piece of equipment in most kitchens is, of course, the refrigerator. Basic refrigerator-freezers in Japan are just like those anywhere else — two doors, with the refrigerator portion in the bottom and the freezer portion at the top, although this is occasionally reversed.