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Shopping with the kids is a nightmare, right? Not in Japan.

Now your problem will be getting them to leave.

IT’S A TRUTH universally acknowledged: bringing kids shopping is definitely one of the circles of hell.

They get bored and tired, you get frustrated, and it can all end in tears.

Until that is you design a crèche in a shopping centre that looks like this.

Source: Nacasa & Partners Inc. via Emmanuelle Moureaux

French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux, living in Tokyo since 1996, designed this children’s wonderland in Mito, Japan.

Source: Nacasa & Partners Inc. via Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle developed a new brand concept and the interior design, and a new family facility has opened in Mito composed of a playground and a day nursery.

Source: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Although located inside the shopping centre, it gives sense of security akin to being in a comfortable home.

Source: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

The entrance to the playground has a cut-out opening on a white wall, like the shape of a house drawn by a small child.

The playground is composed of several different areas which encourage different types of play, stimulation and interaction.

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Source: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Behind the opening is a colorful world, with houses in 7 colours in the shades of yellow, pink, green, and blue. It is like a miniature town for visitors, with a feeling of being inside a comfortable home.

Source: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Now the only tears will be when you have to drag them kicking and screaming from the shops.

Source: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Also: See how Japanese inspiration transformed a 1950s Dublin house

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Edel Corrigan

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