Thursday, May 13, 2010

Grand tour of the new apartment

As promised, here are some follow-up shots of the new apartment after unpacking. After living in such a small place for nearly three years, it’s really strange having a place nearly 3 times the size you’ve become accustomed to. I no longer feel claustrophobic in the shower, I can walk about without worrying about banging my head into door frames and I got a separate bedroom from the rest of the distractions of the apartment. It’s really great!
After setting up everything I had plus some extra bits of kitchen furniture and the new fridge, my apartment feels really empty. We’ll be getting the washing machine this weekend, shortly followed by our nice 3 seat sofa+ottoman. Maybe our home will feel more like home after we get those last things.
DSCF0016 I had great timing this morning when I took pictures of my apartment. The skies about Mt. Fuji were unusually clear and I got a nearly perfect shot from my living room window. Can you see Mt. Fuji? I have a nearly unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji from the comfort of my own home. Now that’s pretty cool right?
Everything seems to have worked out fine for the move and I may even get some of my deposit money back from my old apartment because I kept it so clean which is pretty unusual in Japan. :D
Here come the pictures!
DSCF0009Here’s the inside of the front door as seen from the hallway.
A real BED in my BEDROOM! It’s a double.
Yuko’s dressers with my perler beads on top.
My standing shower and Japanese style deep tub. It’s nearly twice as large as my last bath area. Outside of the bath is a new sink and washer area. I can’t take a good shot of those because there’s not a good angle for useful shots there.
My futuristic toilet with seat warmer, bidet, and other features for ladies. It’s like a captain’s chair in Star Trek except not as cool when I think that much about it.
I actually have a kitchen/dining area this time. The gas stove kind of feels like I’m camping though since most Japanese homes run off propane gas. That orange hose really feels like I’m in a science lab. The hose color is the standard color for propane gas. Naural gas has a grey color. Too bad most homes don’t have natural gas in Japan.
My new fridge. The top door opens both ways and the bottom 2 slide out. The middle drawer is the freezer and the bottom is the crisper. Pretty funky but it’s very functional and quiet.
It’s kind of empty since I’m living alone till after we get married. I still dine like a bachelor when Yuko doesn’t cook for me.
Pretty nice space saving idea to have a pull out freezer box. This freezer is larger than my last apartment’s fridge. :)
The living room. It’s kind of bare for now since we don’t have our sofa yet. I’ll take another set of pictures once that comes in. You can also see the kitchen rack I put together. Hanging the doors on that thing was a pain in the butt. Also the living room area used to have sliding doors to separate it from the dining/kitchen area. I put the doors in the bedroom closet. It really opens up the apartment a lot more.
Well that’s it for now. Maybe by next Wednesday I’ll have more pictures of the new sofa and washing machine.

1 comment:

  1. It looks quite roomie. Happy for you two and glad you're waiting to live together!

    <3 Faye