Japanese Apartment Living

I have to say that when I first got to my apartment, I was pleasantly surprised.  Renting a place over the internet with no chance to see it first is a bit scary and, while there were lots of photos and video there is still a possiblity that in real life it'll be a stinking, festering rat hole.

But luckily the place was amazingly clean and just like the photos.

We did think that there might be different furnishings, useful stuff left behind by past tenants and the like but no dice.  The agents are very big on not leaving anything anything that isn't on the inventory in the apartment.  That is kind of annoying since we had to go out and buy some storage boxes and shelves and bits and pieces so we get organised.  Techically, we could have survived with what is here if we'd wanted to dump our clothes in huge piles. 

Thank god for Daiso or we'd have spent a fortune - and it is annoying to think the previous tenant had probably bought similar items and had to dump them before they left.  Waste is not an issue in Japan.

One of the non-homely things about the place is that there are signs up everywhere!

 Of course you can't make noise late at night (it says before 9 am or after 9 pm in our lease) because Japanese people don't do that.  Strangely, the only noise we hear late at night are our neighbours talking in Japan - they seem to scrape their chairs on the floor excessively, like they are jumping up and down from the table constantly.  Of course, they can't be Japanese or they wouldn't be making so much noise so late.  And they can't be Westerners because our brains aren't wired to talk Japanese.  Ergo, they must be Chinese or Korean talking in Japanese.

 This is my favourite sign.  "This is a shoe off house".  Every time my sister comes home and forgets to remove her shoes, I shout "shoo off, shoo off" at her.  Ah, good times!

You need a sign to tell you it's the shower room (it literally is a shower room - a massive room with a shower in it, and heaps of useless empty space) because you can't tell just by opening the door and seeing there is a shower in there. 

The bit about having to run the shower for a few minutes is not wrong.  More like over 5 minutes before the water even gets warm. 

Do you have any idea what running 5 minutes of wasted shower water does to an Australian?  We are used to drought.  We have the "WATER, NO USE ONCE IT'S WASTED" message imprinted on our brains. 

 Also, am I just unlucky or does everywhere in Tokyo have crap water pressure?  I'm on the 4th floor now but before I lived in a house with the bathroom on the ground floor and same issue.  I like water pressure.  I don't want to just wash in the shower, I want the grime water-blasted from my body.

Caution for Clog!!!!

Ok, let's get into some TMI ground here.  One of the things I like about living in the modern world is that I can use and flush tampons.  The hippies might not like that but I'm pretty environmentally friendly in other ways.  I just don't want to deal with period crap, ok. 

So now I have to NOT flush tampons?  Or pay for unblocking the toilet?  I'm already worried because the place comes with a toilet plunger.  How easily does this toilet clog?

Maybe in times of menstrating or needing big poos, I'll just use the family restuarant on the corner.

This is not a sign.  It was in with our saucepans but it's like a metal mug with a lid.  What the hell is it?  I'm assuming you are NOT meant to heat it on the stove since it has a metal handle and would burn the bejesus out of you if you did.

Also, we have NON-wireless internet.  I hate that shit.  I don't want to plug stuff in.  I want to be free.
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