Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wanna See our House?

Winding Staircase!
Our "Great Room" downstairs
Some of you might be interested to see how we're living during these early days in Japan.  Most of you know that we will be extremely well outfitted here in a couple of months, when our U.S.-purchased furniture makes its way here aboard a container ship.  For now, though, it's time to show you some "before" photos.
Our house, 2 floors' worth!
The rooms are furnished with borrowed curtains and rented furniture.  Seeing as we've just "weathered" Tokyo's first blizzard in 40 years, we are very grateful for the curtains...even if they are pink in some rooms.
Master BR 
Girls' BR -- sufficiently "lived in"

The kitchen is much, much more than we were expecting.  In China we started with bare walls and a naked shelf that contained a sink and a primitive cooktop.  Needless to say, the average Chinese kitchen needed a lot of upgrading.  

Here, though, we walked into a galley-shaped kitchen with cabinets and a sink big enough to bathe your baby!  The entire left wall contains floor-ceiling cabinets and a (rented) fridge.

One of two "thrones" is pictured below, along with the "Control Panel" on the left side of the toilet.   Not only do we have heated toilet seats here (!)  we have the option of bidet spray or "hiney spray" to clean off oneself after doing one's business!  Who'd 'a thunk it!

The toilet occupies a closet all its own.
Would it be too much to add that the water "spray" is heated as well?

 And last, but not least, the showering/tubbing room.  Think of a sauna-sized bath room where one first showers, then steps into a tub filled with water up to your armpits to soak away the cares of the day.  This is clearly Lissa's favorite feature of our new home.
Lissa's favorite:  the deep soaking tub.
The apartment may seem "spartan" but we realize that to live from day to day, very simple furnishings are more than adequate.  A place to sleep, a place to eat, a place to prepare food and bathe.  Nobody really needs more than this, right?

Remind us of this in a couple of months when we're squeezing all of our new furniture into this cozy living space.

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