This is a book about kitchens, and kitchen design, with special regard to the differences between "typical" German and Japanese kitchens. The author, who is sometimes described as "Japan's Martha Stewart" (intended in a good way) is a woman of mixed German-Japanese heritage, who has lived in both countries, so that is the origin of this novel topic. She covers space management as well as aesthetics, and practicality of use (how easy is it to cook in). I don't think the Japanese is written at a very difficult level, but it was frequently beyond me (I've had three years of college Japanese, and lived in Japan for three years). The pictures, however, were useful for inspiration when I remodeled our kitchen.