Home away from home: Singapore couple builds house in Japan for less than the cost of an HDB flat

If you have ever fallen in love with a place on vacation and wished you could live there, you are not alone. A married couple from Singapore felt such a strong connection to Japan, where they travel to annually, that they built a second home there from scratch.

Mr Marcus Law and Ms Tinaga Angkasa built a holiday home and guesthouse in Hokkaido. PHOTOS: MARCUS LAW
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SINGAPORE – Nowhere else in the world captures travellers’ hearts the way Japan does. Perhaps its appeal lies in the polite warmth of the locals, its fresh and delicious produce or the beauty of the landscape across four seasons. Likely it is greater than the sum of its parts.

“Magical,” says Singaporean harbour pilot Marcus Law, recalling his first time seeing snow on a 2014 trip with his then-girlfriend Tinaga Angkasa, a permanent resident here.

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