Welcome to Our Apartment!

Well, we have been in Japan for a little over a month now.  For the first couple of weeks, we were living in a temporary apartment.  We moved into our permanent apartment on March 8th.  I didn’t take pictures of it until yesterday because of all of the moving garbage.

You see, in Japan, they have some really serious rules about disposing of your garbage.  You are not allowed to put it outside before garbage day.  You have to divide the garbage into tons of groups, too.  (Burnable garbage, non-burnable garbage, paper, plastic, Pet bottles, cans, glass bottles, oversized garbage, cardboard, and newspaper.)  So, I had tons of garbage all over the place until recently.

Onto the pictures!

Front Apartment

This is the front of our building.

Apt Back

This is the back of our apartment building. We are on the second floor, way in the left hand corner.


This is our hallway. We are the first door.


This is our genkan (entrance).

Shoe box

This is our shoe box.

Washing Machine

This is our washing machine and the rack that we put together to make our lives more organized.


This is the shower/bathroom. The shower head is behind the door.


This is our sink (it sits right in front of the washing machine and to the right of the entrance).


This is our toilet room. It is to the left of the entrance.


This is our kitchen. it’s nice, big, and bright!

Kitchen 2

This is our kitchen, as seen from the balcony side. Note the 4 garbage cans! (We just throw all the bottles and cans in one and sort them later.)

Balcony View

The view from our balcony.

Our balcony

Our clothes drying on the balcony.

Kotatsu Room

Our kotatsu room.

Kotatsu Room 2

Our kotatsu room from the bedroom.

Bedroom 1

Our bedroom closets.

Kotatsu 3

Another shot of the kotatsu room.


My guitar for school. This all came together for 10,000 yen (about $100).

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our apartment! The next post will be about yummy restaurant food!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 12:56:49

    Great post Jen! Your new place looks nice. Keep is posted on your adventures. 🙂


  2. Mom
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 14:10:39

    Nice apartment Jen and Teddy! It looks very big. Hopefully, I’ll get to visit you while you’re there.


  3. Marie Elder
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 17:33:39

    Your apartment looks neat……have you had any guests yet or are you still too busy? Miss those Friday dinner parties!


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