An exhibition in London and an accompanying book are giving people a glimpse inside a typical Japanese home, which the author believes may dispel some Western notions.

Inge Daniels, an anthropologist at Oxford University, has studied 30 families in the Kansai region and is presenting her findings to visitors at the Geffrye Museum in London via the recreation of a modern family home in "At Home in Japan."

She wants to give the British public a more rounded view of how ordinary Japanese live and move away from the minimalist images of homes as portrayed in interior design books, for example.