Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Japanese Apartment Tour - The "Good", The "Bad" and The "Japan!"

Just thought on sharing some stuff about my Japanese home that I found interesting and different from my apartment back in my home-country.
I would like to mention tho, that my place in my home-country is pretty old whereas the Japanese apartment is new and modern. That means, maybe some of the stuff exist in modern apartments abroad but I just don't know about it. Anyway, here it goes:

Genkan (Entrance):
You must take off shoes before entering (which keeps the inside cleaner, so I like it!). The entrance area is pretty small and gets very crowded with shoes. Therefore you have shoe closet built-in (on the left, those white doors, which are hard to see on the pic, are the shoe closet).
The floor of the inside of the house/apartment is higher than the "genkan", so after taking off your shoes you take a small step up to enter.

Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Entrance
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Entrance / Corridor



Next is this thing! Whoever wants to ring your door must first input your apartment number in the entrance of the building. Then, this device automatically turns on the live camera for you to see who is in the entrance.  You then have the option of talking to that person and let him in. Very convenient!

Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Interphone
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Interphone


The only stuff big in Japan are the mountains and the skyscrapers. Otherwise, everything is tiny, just like this oven-microwave-steamer I got. The cool part is that it has options of 3 different things in one (oven, microwave, steamer). What sucks is that it's too small for preparing large food, like a whole turkey.
Underneath there's my refrigerator- meant for a single person and not for a family. Japan got good-sized refrigerators but hubby insisted that this one is good enough for two adults+a small child. I disagree, but at least it saves up space.
P.S: Not shown well, but behind the fridge is our very tiny and very, very messy recycling corner. In Japan, you must separate plastic bottles, glass bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, newspapers, burnable garbage (food), batteries, and few other stuff that I gave up on recycling because there's just NOT ENOUGH F*CKING SPACE in my super tiny kitchen!! I'm a big supporter of being environmental friendly and first I really admired Japan for it...but after living 5 years in a kitchen that, thanks to all the different garbage bins and bags turned to be a recycling dumpster rather than a kitchen, I feel quite WTF.

Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Kitchen: Fridge and Oven/Microwave/Steamer
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Kitchen: Fridge and Oven/Microwave/Steamer


 Exactly one step from the fridge above is the other side of my kitchen. In my home-country apartment, stoves would come in a set with large oven. But here in Japan, you get a fish griller! The fish turns really yummy with that thing!

Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Kitchen: Japanese Grill
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Kitchen: Fridge and Oven/Microwave/Steamer


Pic on the left: this is a typical modern Japanese apartment shower room. Above is our heater, which also got an option for a mist sauna(!)
The side poll is to help you stand out of the shower.
Pic on the right: this rolled up thing is actually the cover for the bathtub and very common in apartments and houses in Japan. You suppose to cover the bathtub with it to keep the water warm so that the whole family can use it after you....

Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Bathroom With Japanese Sauna
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Bathroom with Japanese Sauna
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Bathroom
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Bathroom
       
  The pic below is our control system for the sauna, heater and water temperature:
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Bathroom
Japanese Apartment Tour - Japanese Bathroom


Another thing that my home-country home is missing and that I actually really like about my Japan's home is the built-in closets and storage! Not every Japanese apartment is blessed with good storage, but once you have sufficient amount it is so much better than spending money and space on buying your own closets!