Japan apartment tour.

japan apartment

After cleaning my apartment today, I thought, I should take some photos. My family and friends have been hounding me for apartment pictures for months.

But, you know when you move to a new place (or take over a place from someone else), you need some time to nest, to make it yours? It’s taken me a while to get to that place, mostly because I’ve been busy with work, completely confused, and/or on a budget.

Apartments in Japan ARE NOT CHEAP. You have to pay key money, which is like a six month rent deposit which you really do not ever get back, and thanks money and cleaning money up front.

I do have a large apartment, compared to the other JETs. My predecessor also left me some great things: futon, couch, kotatsu, desk, kitchen appliances, shelves, etc. And, of course, there was some junk. Ab machine? Broken bike? Broken VCR? I finally figured out how to get rid of the stuff I did not want (gomi in Japan….muzukashii!), bought a few carpets, and that’s about it. I would still like to get a real table, instead of using my kotatsu.

Okay, here we go. Apartment tour!

japan apartment

The outside isn’t that pretty. (And look, it’s warm, so all of our snow is melting.) At first, I was kind of disappointed. It’s a weird juxtaposition: apartment buildings, asphalt, cram school, and a rice field.

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Here is my entrance. There are four apartments in my building. I don’t see my neighbors very often. (I think we are all at work most of the time.) I am on the first floor, which is not the norm. The JET Program usually does not put – females, especially – on the first floor, but my school has had teachers living in this apartment for years and years. So……I guess it’s okay.

Inside, we have the genkan (entryway). Mine has a nice cabinet where I store my shoes, mittens, gloves, and mail. I also store my kerosene here since I do not know where else to put it? It’s kind of an eyesore.

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A door opens to my kitchen/dining area. I think this is also supposed to be the living room, but I use one of the bedrooms for my living area.

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japan apartment
japan apartment
japan apartment
japan apartment

The shower/bath area is separate from the toilet area. I also have a washing machine. THANK HEAVENS.

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Shower things. They have Dove in Japan!

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Japanese-style bath. I’m becoming a bath person.

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Bathroom mirror, with extremely yellow-lighting.

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The WC.

japan apartment

I have two traditional Japanese tatami rooms, or washitsu. I use one for a bedroom and the other as a living room/kotatsu room. The kotatsu is a heated table, excellent for burying your legs under and staying warm in the winter. The television (that was left to me) actually does not work. I need to get rid of it, but it belongs to my school, so that involves someone driving over to my place to pick it up and take it back to school. So, I’ve just left it here for the moment.

japan apartment
japan apartment

My bedroom.

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japan apartment
japan apartment
japan apartment

Even though this isn’t quite what I imagined my place would look like in Japan, I am liking my little Japanese apartment. NATURAL LIGHT!

Next, I’ll have to do a neighborhood tour. There are, like, five combini stores near me. I also live down the street from a temple……that I have yet to visit!

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10 Responses to Japan apartment tour.

  1. Kawaii!! It’s always interesting to see how a non-Japanese person would make a Japanese home hers/his. Mine is not Japanese at all w/o any tatami and I don’t have a bath tub – very unusual even in Tokyo – by choice – I got rid of the tub when I renovated.

  2. ben says:

    Very cozy! And the bathtub is sure cute!

  3. Vistha says:

    Wow your apartment is so cozy and cute. I think I wanna have like yours

  4. I like it! From what I hear, a lot of Japanese families have both a “western” table as well as a kotatsu. Some just use a coffee table as space can be limited. Your place is pretty roomy — I can see why you paid more for it!

  5. woah!so nice!:) I wish I’ll have the chance to live in Japan. Lucky you!:)

  6. I Miss Japan so much.

  7. Mary Kathryn says:

    Your apartment is huge compared to what mine was in Japan. I had the same couch as you :)

  8. tiffcharlotte says:

    Wow, your apartment is really nice! And definitely huge for Japan!

  9. nihily says:

    Your life is wonderful. What I would give to have as much courage as you. I can’t do anything by my self. I would like to travel and see the world and write, but I had no luck with people, and I have no courage to do what I wont alone. I Often describe myself as a cripple. haha.
    I must apologize for my poor English :) Greetings from Poland

  10. Vividhunter says:

    Great article – I think it’s important for people interested in coming to Japan to know what the living situation will be like. We did a video, vaguely in the style of MTV Cribz, going around and interviewing different teachers and going through their apartments. Please check it out: http://youtu.be/pwZwg0P0Axg

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