For me, Ikea furniture is like an Erector Set for adults. I really enjoy putting things together and Ikea furniture gives me the feeling of accomplishment I need.
Since there is an Ikea in Yokohama, we had already planned to stop there on the way back home from Kamakura. We picked up a large Malm chest, Poeng arm chair, and an Expedit shelving unit. The nice thing about the chest was that Yuko’s parents gave us money to buy it along with a baby crib that is not pictured here yet.
After spending about an hour at Ikea we took a quick 4 minute drive down the road to a giant mall in Yokohama called Lala-Port. If we weren’t so tired we would have spent more than a few hours there. I think we ended up spending two anyhow. We bought some clothes for the baby at Baby Gap, a black free fit flex cap for me, and some accessories for Yuko there.
When we got home after a very long 3 hour drive including rest stops and city traffic I decided to assemble all of the furniture. It took me a few hours but in the end I got a chair, chest of drawers, and a shelving unit put together in record time.
The fish tank now has a new home. The potted palm tree has been displaced by the chair and the chest of drawers has squeezed its self into the kitchen. Our house is really cozy now. I think the chair will get a lot of good use out of Yuko once our baby boy is born. For now, I plan to use it for playing games. It’s really comfy!