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An excursion on Japanese apartment

An excursion on Japanese apartment
14 Nov 2009 14:19:03

If you plan to spend in Japan a week or two, probably the best idea would be to book a hotel room. If you're staying for a month - you're very likely studying Japanese - go for a host family. But in case of 3 months or even more you definitely need an apartment (or a dormitory).

Here we have pictures of probably one of the most simple variants. It's small and it's not in Tokio, but it has all conveniences. The style is Japanese (not Western), as you can see.


An entrance. A special niche for shoes is obligatory.



A small corridor with bathroom on the right and what supposed to be a kitchen on the left.



Sliding doors remind of ancient Japanese houses.



A bath. Short, but deep - quite comfortable.



Do you like my panda sponge? :)



Let's go further...



Having a large kitchen back in Moscow it was almost impossible for me to cook here.



And finally - the room! The only one. Futon (Japanese bedding which consists of padded mattresses and pliable quilts) is folded and stored away, cause it is day.



No blame on fridge.



A space to keep away your room-mate. Yes! This flat is designed for 2 persons o_O



Washing machine is on the 'balcony'. Like the view?


The question is - do you want to live in an apartment like this?

Myself, I enjoyed my stay in Japan very much, but... I'd rather prefer my own place - spacious and full of shelves and cupboards.
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KushinadaHime
KushinadaHime (USA)
14 Nov 2009, 10:48:02
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xD This is awesome. I've seen several hostel living spaces but not an apartment before. It looks rather small but I don't need very much room myself so I wouldn't mind staying in something like this when I decided to visit Japan. (Hopefully I can go at the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011.)

Thanks for showing this! I'm certainly curious for more if you plan on showing more.
Waiting for Sebastian Nendoroid~.
Glory
Glory (Russia)
14 Nov 2009, 13:39:06
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Ok, I'll pick up something from my archives a bit later :)

Oh yeah, this apartment suits perfectly as a temporary dwelling. Even kitchen works fine as long as you don't plan to give a banquet. Lack of shelves and a desk annoyed me much more. It's awfully hard to write properly on such a low table, and my homework writings looked terrible T_T

I'm happy to hear you are going to Japan :) If it's not a secret, what would be the purpose of your trip? Have you been to Japan before?

The rain beats hard at my window
While you so softly do sleep...
KushinadaHime
KushinadaHime (USA)
14 Nov 2009, 17:59:27
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Ah~, it's no secret at all. I've always wanted to go to Japan since I was a kid (way before I realized I was into anime and such). I figured that it's about time I make true to that dream and start planning to go. The only thing is I have no clue on how to start planning something that big. xD Not only that I'm not sure how long I want to stay there.
Waiting for Sebastian Nendoroid~.
Glory
Glory (Russia)
15 Nov 2009, 12:34:29
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So desu ne...
I usually start with making a list of things I want to do and places I want to visit.
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Jobibi
Jobibi (USA)
16 Nov 2009, 12:59:33
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This is really cool, thank you for sharing!

Before I would have thought something like this would have been perfect for me; I tend to keep within a small space anyways. But I think I'd have the same problems as you, with the lack of shelving and the small kitchen. I thought the kitchen in my house was small enough. @_@

Though I may be new to figure collecting, I have a few other small collections of things. In this situation I'd have to pack it up into off-site storage. I'm too clingy for that. ;_;
Glory
Glory (Russia)
17 Nov 2009, 10:15:45
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Yeah, you got what I was saying. Btw, what are those other things you collect? :)
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Jobibi
Jobibi (USA)
17 Nov 2009, 12:37:32
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My most favored collection is a set of dragon plushies that I have. They're made as promotional products for a mortgage company, and you can only get them by doing business with them. I'm fortunate that my mother works in such a field. :) Unfortunately, they don't make them anymore, and I didn't get to finish my set. :< I got most of the ones I really wanted, but there a few that I still wanted.

There's also a local movie theatre that has decent gashapons every now and then (that's rare in America, we have cheap crappy gashapons here). I have a little set of Carebear figures from that, and a set of other little plastic animals. I don't go to the movies often enough to have any others.

Me, the boyfriend, and my sister all collect knives/swords. The boyfriend just ordered another sword the other day, in fact.

There's many others. I've always had a collective nature, back to collecting marbles and Pokemon cards as a child. I think I'll make a post for my dragon figures/plushies here shortly, once I can snatch the camera back from my sister.
Glory
Glory (Russia)
18 Nov 2009, 05:57:33
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Wow... then you are blessed to collect figurines by Maker!
Myself... Besides figurines I collect Japanese textbooks oO Oh, it probably doesn't fit :P

Looking forward to get acquainted with your dragons. Rrrrr! ^_^
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Jobibi
Jobibi (USA)
18 Nov 2009, 09:01:39
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Hehe, collecting textbooks is fine too! When I first got into Japanese, I had a few different English-to-Japanese dictionaries. There'd always be some stuff that was in one but not the other so I had to have more than one. :P But my first one, a little purple pocket-sized one, fell apart after so many years. :( I never really did end up learning Japanese, either.
Glory
Glory (Russia)
19 Nov 2009, 06:30:07
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すばらしい!Jobibiちゃんはいろいろなことが上手ですね...
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mospehraict
mospehraict
18 Nov 2009, 11:50:36
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I remember these photos :) But this time there were some new ones.

Myself, I really don't much care about spaciousness (in case it's not REALLY small, heh), but the absence of gloomy and angry male roommates seems to me almost obligatory now :)

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