Even though we haven’t really moved in, as we have not yet even heard news of the arrival of our things here in Japan. I thought I would post a few pictures of the dwelling which will be ours for the next 2 years. I will absolutely post some additional photos after we have actually settled in, but this will give an idea about how the house itself looks before I fill it with too much stuff!
Here is the house from just inside our front gate. The balcony on the second floor is shared by two of the bedrooms, the tatami room/master bedroom and a second bedroom.
We were so very excited to find a house with an actual yard. Small by American standards, but I think it is quite nice.
This is more to the left of the front walk, in front of the house. The yard does go thinly all the way around the house, though this is the most of it here. (A bit of solar flare for ya too! Happy accident.)
Our front door! Welcome!! 🙂
Come on in! The cupboard to the left is for shoes, though I’m quite sure it’s too small. Since the hubby and I both seem to have a tendency toward shoes, we have a lot of them. I think I might need a couple more pair too….
Immediately to the right of the entryway is the tatami room. I LOVE the window coverings in the tatami rooms Definitely no curtains for these rooms!
There is a great big cupboard with a smaller one above, and a lovely open area on the back wall of the tatami room. The open area we were told is generally meant for a family altar or something. Though I have a feeling it will be used rather differently the next couple of years.
The downstairs water closet. It may seem strange to post a picture of the toilet, but these are so strange to me. For a seemingly low key place I find the excessiveness of the electric commodes baffles me.
The shower. It’s….different. It has been my biggest challenge thus far. But that’s all I’m going to say about that.
The circulation tub. It is also different. But this however, I find delightful!! One of the things I like most in the world is a hot bath, and this makes for a wonderfully hot bath!
The rest of the bathroom. It’s a bit strange having the shower/tub and sink directly off of the kitchen is weird I much prefer a bit more….privacy than that. But not a big thing really, just different. There seems to be a theme…. Though why that should surprise me I have no idea, I’m only in an entirely different country on the other side of the world!
The kitchen, as seen from the bathroom doorway. The counter is low enough that I actually feel like a giant in here. But then the cabinets above are so high I feel like a pipsqueak. Even standing on a chair I can’t reach the back of the top shelf. Oi.
This window sill will absolutely have herbs/plants in it, hopefully I’ll get enough light in this window to keep them alive.
The American style oven and refrigerator. Oh how excited I was to learn that I would be able to have these! Then they brought them in, and my kitchen disappeared!! We had to move the refrigerator three times to find a place that it could fit and the door could actually open. Good thing it’s a ‘small’ fridge!
Just beyond the kitchen, the dining room and……
The living room. It looks so open right now. Once I get our furniture in here I think it’s going to vanish VERY quickly! I didn’t realize we lived so excessively, this will likely be a time of learning to live more simply for me(us).
The full room. Though this is temporary loaner furniture from the Navy, we have it placed in approximately the way we are thinking of arranging the room. So you get a slight hint at what it will be like later.
Though not overly large, I LOVE how much light this room gets. There are so many windows in this house and I am thrilled by it! I called our last place a cave, it got almost no light at all. It was awful, I need light!!
From the doorway of the living room.
The upstairs toilet. This is the extent of the bathroom on the second floor. Small, but it’s as much as is necessary.
Bedroom 1, the smallest.
Bedroom 2. Again, lots of light!! 🙂 The door leads out to a balcony that has a clothes line on it! How convenient!
I don’t have any pictures of the master bedroom/tatami room. The Hubster has been on night shift all weekend. I didn’t think he’d appreciate me barging in and lighting the place up to take pictures while he was sleeping. I’ll add a few of that room in a day or two, I promise.
And there you have it! Our house, not yet home. I am looking forward to settling in here and making this a wonderful home for us. I think it will be wonderful. Once I can get everything figured out at least.