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greengoo
June 23rd, 2011, 08:59
I was bored and looking at Japanese style apartments, particularly those owned by JETs. Came across a few decent videos if anyone is interested. Lots of common themes (bathrooms and kitchens in particular seem very very standardized). Enjoy. Or don't. It's a free country.

Nagoya-area, (JET, freaking huge apartment for one person)
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Honjo, Akita (JET)
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Cribs style! (JET, very long but watchable, 2 parts)
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Three different apartments (JETs)
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Tochigi (JET?)
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Tokyo (Non-JET, cool loft...sorta)
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Honshu (JET)
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Taisha (JET, by that one Jason guy)
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Another Jason video (JET, different apartment)
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Random Apartment number 8 (JET?, This guy should be on ESPN)
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and finally, this is from Hong Kong, but damn it's cool
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MCAS
June 23rd, 2011, 09:27
Wow, that first apartment really is huge. Also, what's with the toilet being in a separate room?

uthinkimlost?
June 23rd, 2011, 09:28
Wow, that first apartment really is huge. Also, what's with the toilet being in a separate room?

When you think about it, do your really want to poop in the same room you bathe in?

Tyr
June 23rd, 2011, 09:30
Wow, that first apartment really is huge. Also, what's with the toilet being in a separate room?
Yeah. Why would you ever need that big a kitchen even...

Bog in a seperate room- meh, I dunno about Japan but elsewhere its not too abnormal. Means someone can spend a while in the bath and someone else can still use the toilet.

MCAS
June 23rd, 2011, 09:33
Yeah. Why would you ever need that big a kitchen even...

Bog in a seperate room- meh, I dunno about Japan but elsewhere its not too abnormal. Means someone can spend a while in the bath and someone else can still use the toilet.

Huh, I guess that the toilet being in the same room as the bathtub/shower is just a U.S. thing then. I can't think of many houses that have rooms with bathtubs that also don't have toilets in them.

Tyr
June 23rd, 2011, 09:42
Huh, I guess that the toilet being in the same room as the bathtub/shower is just a U.S. thing then. I can't think of many houses that have rooms with bathtubs that also don't have toilets in them.
Nah, in the UK too most bathrooms have a toilet too.
Its not completely unknown for them to be seperate though. Its not something you'd think of as strange when you do come across such a house.

moxey
June 23rd, 2011, 10:09
Fingers crossed my situation is different like superman, not like a special needs kid.

I think the temp forums had a moment and deleted some stuff that I posted today, anyhoo speaking of fun-times in my new apartment. Apparently the shower is so bad that my pred uses the one at the gym because the school won't replace it.

However it is like 12000 a month which is piss-all, however I would pay more for a decent shower.

moxey
June 23rd, 2011, 10:10
I think the temp forums had a moment and deleted some stuff that I posted today, anyhoo speaking of fun-times in my new apartment. Apparently the shower is so bad that my pred uses the one at the gym because the school won't replace it.

However it is like 12000 a month which is piss-all, however I would pay more for a decent shower.

So basically I get the special apartment in the specialist way possible :/

greengoo
June 23rd, 2011, 10:47
Huh, I don't think so. I'm removing the post reference on this one, try editing now.

Myth Confirmed: If you remove the ID, it won't update if that person edits.


So basically I get the special apartment in the specialist way possible :/

Smile kid, cause Mickey loves ya'.

lilyanphino
June 23rd, 2011, 11:02
Yay, thanks Greengoo for posting these. I've been meaning to get around to finding and watching these videos and you did half the work for me.

Theory
June 23rd, 2011, 11:17
I just found out my house is 'western style' and has no tatami, which is a bummer because I'm curious about them. But I can't complain too much, apparently my house has 2 stories and I live rent-free.

greengoo
June 23rd, 2011, 11:27
I just found out my house is 'western style' and has no tatami, which is a bummer because I'm curious about them. But I can't complain too much, apparently my house has 2 stories and I live rent-free.

Also, the BoE says I teach one class a week, and it's an all girls college sunbathing course. In addition they're giving me a jetpack, a pony, and a private island. My neighbor is Miss Japan, and has a thing for gaijin.

It's gonna be a tough year.


My apartment costs ¥36,000 and apparently needs key money too. To be serious though, I can understand slightly. I'm looking forward to the tatami thing purely for the novelty. I'm sure that'll wear off in a hurry though. Enjoy your upstairs :)

Froren
June 23rd, 2011, 11:31
a novelty until you have to clean them

greengoo
June 23rd, 2011, 11:32
a novelty until you have to clean them

Speaking of which, how exactly DOES one clean a reed mat?

kawaiijutsu
June 23rd, 2011, 14:11
Thanks :) I'll prolly start watching these at work tomorrow, gives me something to do. And thanks for posting it on Official too :)

kawaiijutsu
June 23rd, 2011, 14:11
Speaking of which, how exactly DOES one clean a reed mat?
I've heard you basically get a damp cloth and wipe em down, and after a few years you flip them....then at some point you buy new ones :(

greengoo
June 23rd, 2011, 14:34
Fuck it I'm buying a 4 Tatami carpet sample.

Muffles
June 23rd, 2011, 15:05
Mine sounds like a regular japanese apartment.

Jordan
June 23rd, 2011, 19:11
Yeah. Why would you ever need that big a kitchen even...
I would normally say for cooking anything decent. But given that it looks like a standard sparsely equiped small apartment kitchen, only bigger I have to agree that's just a bit stupid.

Cribs guy deserves to suffer and die.

Tyr
June 23rd, 2011, 22:31
I just found out my house is 'western style' and has no tatami, which is a bummer because I'm curious about them. But I can't complain too much, apparently my house has 2 stories and I live rent-free.

Yeah, I'm really curious about tatami too, hope I have a t-room.

Awesome on the house. No clue on mine yet.

AnruiUkimi
June 23rd, 2011, 23:09
I was half expecting one of my lame apartment videos to show up in that post, but probably good that it didn't.

I have no tatami and HAPPY about it, because I think I'm slightly allergic. My nose stuffs up within 10 mins of entering a tatami room, no matter what. :|

Hikari
June 23rd, 2011, 23:16
just for the love of god, don't get your hopes up

you might have a squat toilet
you might have a hole in your wall
you might have no running hot water
you might have a bug infestation
you might have a lot of mould and rot
you might have a housemate
you might have to pay 60,000 yen for a one room apartment plus 6 months key money

all of the above is stuff my friends have experienced

ten_of_spades
June 23rd, 2011, 23:52
You could get a house like me. Western toilet, washer, dryer, western bed, free guitars from the school, rent-free, hardwood floors..

Edit: Youtube embedding is beyond me for some reason.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZbugsMMcLw There. Click that.

greengoo
June 24th, 2011, 00:11
You could get a house like me. Western toilet, washer, dryer, western bed, free guitars from the school, rent-free, hardwood floors..

Edit: Youtube embedding is beyond me for some reason.
YouTube - ‪JET Program Housing‬‏ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZbugsMMcLw) There. Click that.

I'm going to embed this so everybody can see you quasimodo'ing around your royal palace of a house. Goddammit that's a nice place.

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Tyr
June 24th, 2011, 00:32
Just heard about mine. Apparently its good, 46m^2 though the ceiling might be a bit low if you're 6 foot (6 foot 3 here.....). I pay for it though, it is over 50k.


You could get a house like me. Western toilet, washer, dryer, western bed, free guitars from the school, rent-free, hardwood floors..

Edit: Youtube embedding is beyond me for some reason.
YouTube - ‪JET Program Housing‬‏ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZbugsMMcLw) There. Click that.
Free guitars? LOL.

Page
June 24th, 2011, 00:40
Yeah man life in the inaka owns house wise. I live alone in a house for four: big living room (about the same as the tatami room?), big(ish) kitchen, library, 12 mat tatami room. Plus bathroom and shower room. Fo free.

But you guys get real life and stores and such so I think it makes up for it.

ten_of_spades
June 24th, 2011, 00:50
True. I loved my placement, but it was 22km from the nearest convenience store. Conversely, despite being in the mountains in the Land Time Forgot, Tokyo was less than 90km away.

Inaka placements also get ridiculous perks so you don't kill yourself. Free rent, utilities subsidies, internet subsidies (I paid..300yen a month?), gas allowance, etc.. They're also super laid back. I never had to use nenkyuu. The standing policy for all teachers was 'just let kyoto-sensei know where you're going and don't wreck your car'.

(And yes, free guitars. The school knew I played guitar, so when I arrived, they had a classical guitar and an acoustic waiting in my house).

MCAS
June 24th, 2011, 00:56
You could get a house like me. Western toilet, washer, dryer, western bed, free guitars from the school, rent-free, hardwood floors..

Edit: Youtube embedding is beyond me for some reason.
YouTube - ‪JET Program Housing‬‏ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZbugsMMcLw) There. Click that.

Very jealous, sounds like an awesome arrangement.

greengoo
June 24th, 2011, 03:14
True. I loved my placement, but it was 22km from the nearest convenience store. Conversely, despite being in the mountains in the Land Time Forgot, Tokyo was less than 90km away.

Inaka placements also get ridiculous perks so you don't kill yourself. Free rent, utilities subsidies, internet subsidies (I paid..300yen a month?), gas allowance, etc.. They're also super laid back. I never had to use nenkyuu. The standing policy for all teachers was 'just let kyoto-sensei know where you're going and don't wreck your car'.

(And yes, free guitars. The school knew I played guitar, so when I arrived, they had a classical guitar and an acoustic waiting in my house).

Seriously sounds like the best house/BOE ever. I'm insanely jealous. Do you have any pics/vids of the outside?

Also, can we create the "Castle Dweller" award badge? I'll even draw it myself. Then you can put it up and I can get bitter whenever I think about how I sleep on the floor and have to do laundry in my shower.

Tyr
June 24th, 2011, 06:36
True. I loved my placement, but it was 22km from the nearest convenience store. Conversely, despite being in the mountains in the Land Time Forgot, Tokyo was less than 90km away.

Inaka placements also get ridiculous perks so you don't kill yourself. Free rent, utilities subsidies, internet subsidies (I paid..300yen a month?), gas allowance, etc.. They're also super laid back. I never had to use nenkyuu. The standing policy for all teachers was 'just let kyoto-sensei know where you're going and don't wreck your car'.

(And yes, free guitars. The school knew I played guitar, so when I arrived, they had a classical guitar and an acoustic waiting in my house).

Wow, that is amazing.
Be sure to tell your succesor to mention "Oh, btw, I like big breasted girls...." and maybe they'll leave one for him.

Page
June 24th, 2011, 07:45
not all of us have houses in inaka. god damn that sounds sweet. my apt is in a kyouin juutaku and is definitely smaller than the apartments of all the other ALTs i've seen.

Damn sorry I shoulda said "can" own. There are 4/10 of us with houses. Troof and co live in cardboard boxes.

You're welcome to my house anytime Cata. Except Troof. DUM BAGUETTE.

ten_of_spades
June 24th, 2011, 08:35
Wow, that is amazing.
Be sure to tell your succesor to mention "Oh, btw, I like big breasted girls...." and maybe they'll leave one for him.

Might have to import that!


Seriously sounds like the best house/BOE ever. I'm insanely jealous. Do you have any pics/vids of the outside?


Lake near the house: YouTube - ‪Beautiful lake in my backyard‬‏ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya8ncUgmaHQ)
Part of my drive to work: YouTube - ‪Mountain View - Japan‬‏ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d6Vsk-9dm0)
The school (with mind-boggling new gym) with more mountain view: YouTube - ‪Extreme Japanese Bike Safety‬‏ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzVYQ6fEKL0)

Tyr
June 24th, 2011, 08:45
Is the lake swimmable? (is that legal in Japan?)


That is a bonny area...
I'm really torn. I'm getting an urban placement, its what I wanted and I'm happy with it....yet at the same time I am somewhat sad I can't also experience living in the inaka. I don't want to give up living in the city for it but...I want it all. Which is impossible.

ten_of_spades
June 24th, 2011, 09:10
There were a lot of landslides which kicked up a bunch of algae in it. I saw people swimming, but never did myself. I preferred the river upstream at the top of the mountain.

You can always rent a car and get out to the inaka. My placement was great, but I didn't mention the crushing isolation, bears poking around my house at 2am, the monkeys that threw things at the house, the inconvenience of driving 20+km to go grocery shopping, etc..

MCAS
June 24th, 2011, 09:45
Is the lake swimmable? (is that legal in Japan?)


That is a bonny area...
I'm really torn. I'm getting an urban placement, its what I wanted and I'm happy with it....yet at the same time I am somewhat sad I can't also experience living in the inaka. I don't want to give up living in the city for it but...I want it all. Which is impossible.

My college roommate lived down in the middle of ultra-rural Maryland. I remember visiting him for a week and being glad that I actually lived less then 20 mins from a store. You're not really missing anything, trust me on this.

wry bread
June 24th, 2011, 10:14
My apartment was more or less destroyed by the feral children of my predecessor. Thanks for letting them run wild in an apartment you knew other people would be living in, buddy.

Also, I get roaches.

word
June 24th, 2011, 13:18
My pred told me that my BoE gave me better housing than most any ALT in the area. Not true at all; most other ALTs' housing was much bigger/better than mine, with a few notable exceptions, and I paid more than most of 'em, too. I've since moved into a much bigger and nicer place, but I'm paying for it, and I've been told recently that my rent may increase substantially (double) because MG started working. We're not worried about it, 'cause we're makin' decent money, but still, :|

That said, our placement rocks, inaka though it may be (~45 min from nearest combini, ~1 hour from nearest "city" (pretty much everything is closed by 9-10). It's gorgeous, and we're glad to be here.

Alphabet
June 24th, 2011, 13:29
I have a small 1k. Rent (including water and upkeep fees) are 4.3 man a month. However, it's right in the capital city and 2 minutes away from a JR station and 1 minute away from a bus station and 4 minutes away from my base school. I have no kitchen, just a small sink and one burner. Bathroom is small and separate from the toilet. But, I've made it work for three years.

The biggest thing is to utilize your space. Get containers and store winter stuff when you don't need it. Put shit in baskets or on shelves. Put hooks on the walls if you need to hang things.

Also, I live in non-teacher housing so I don't have to deal with any spying eyes. ESID but mine is pretty ok!

Muffles
June 24th, 2011, 21:14
My apartment is western style with a tatami room, and 40,000-50,000 rent. Pred says it comes fully furnished (:

Muffles
June 24th, 2011, 21:34
well at least it's only in one room (I think).

Superbad
June 25th, 2011, 01:04
wood floors for me

Alphabet
June 25th, 2011, 23:22
wood floors for me

Score.

Superbad
June 26th, 2011, 07:19
Score.

indeed, but my pred skipped telling me how much rent is…honest mistake or ominous sign?

Superbad
June 26th, 2011, 11:53
yup I did

Cytrix
June 26th, 2011, 12:07
Right now I really don't care how small my apartment is going to be...all I care about is the fact I will be living alone after 7 years of living with flatmates. I am SO over living with flatmates.

ten_of_spades
June 26th, 2011, 13:16
I'm glad I've never had to endure living with roommates. I'll gladly pay the extra hundred or two each month...I share my kitchen with no man!

Truthsauce
June 26th, 2011, 17:45
Damn sorry I shoulda said "can" own. There are 4/10 of us with houses. Troof and co live in cardboard boxes.

You're welcome to my house anytime Cata. Except Troof. DUM BAGUETTE.

Yeah, you don't always get a house out here. When I got on this site a year ago, I was really hopeful my inaka placement would yield a house like Page's. Instead, I got the Cataphract treatment with a 30+ year old tatami apartment with walls made of paper and imagination.

Rent is free but, we (Page and I) don't get utilities subsidized like ten_of. You could get a great inaka placement like his or you could get one like ours where you have to remind them they need to reimburse us for business trip travel expenses.

Not only does it differ by prefecture, it also differs by CO. Before the tsunami, we were hands down the dumpiest city in the prefecture.

http://knowyourmeme.com/i/7757/original/Tealdeer.gif: hope for the best.

Tyr
June 28th, 2011, 20:54
People who've got a house- what on earth do you do with it?
With it just being me living by myself I really don't need much more than kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and maybe a living room. Had I a house there would be several rooms just left fallow. Moving abroad temporarily and not having all my stuff and not buying like I'm there to last would only add to the emptyness.

Strange_quark
June 28th, 2011, 22:39
My predecessor and a nice lady from the BoE are going apartment hunting for me this week.


Too much to request one with an indoor pool and a butler?

Page
June 28th, 2011, 23:01
Storage room/library/office? Odds are even if it's a house for a family of 4 you're only going to get one extra room.

ten_of_spades
June 28th, 2011, 23:33
People who've got a house- what on earth do you do with it?
With it just being me living by myself I really don't need much more than kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and maybe a living room. Had I a house there would be several rooms just left fallow. Moving abroad temporarily and not having all my stuff and not buying like I'm there to last would only add to the emptyness.

So naive...

And even if you don't use up all the space (impossible) there's the fact that houses give you bigger kitchens, bigger bathrooms, etc... My bedroom alone was almost as big as some of the closets I saw ALTs living in there.

It would be kinda funny if your house had a lot of little rooms instead of a few big ones though...

WaIdroon
June 29th, 2011, 13:30
Speaking of which, how exactly DOES one clean a reed mat?

Step 1) Go to local hardware store / AEON / home improvement store / etc.
Step 2) Buy fake tatami mats\
Step 3) Place on top of real tatami
Step 4) When dirty, vaccum

Easy_money
June 29th, 2011, 14:12
People who've got a house- what on earth do you do with it?
With it just being me living by myself I really don't need much more than kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and maybe a living room. Had I a house there would be several rooms just left fallow. Moving abroad temporarily and not having all my stuff and not buying like I'm there to last would only add to the emptyness.

Chances are it will be full of useless shit your pred and possibly their pred were too lazy to get rid of. Old washing machines, broken toaster ovens etc.

Froren
June 29th, 2011, 14:19
I'm assuming the answer to this one is 'No,' but I'm going to ask anyhow. If you have a BoE owned house that you pretty much pay nothing on, does someone come in and clean it and survey the house before the next JET comes in to check out all the BoE owned furniture and whatnot? Anyone know?

Easy_money
June 29th, 2011, 14:30
I'd say this completely depends on the BoE. I'd heard before leaving that they probably would check to make sure the apartment wasn't a wreck. They didn't, in my case. My supervisor stood in my apartment with me and my pred, surrounded by my pred's garbage, ripped tatami and shouji and didn't say a word.

Basically exactly what happened to me. But when I moved out they tried to get me to dispose of everything and leave it completely empty/clean. It was cleaner than when I had moved in, so I basically told them to fuck off and compromised by agreeing to get rid of the food in the fridge that had been left by my pred...

Hikari
June 29th, 2011, 15:57
yeah, when I moved in it was full of 10 years worth of crap.

ten_of_spades
June 30th, 2011, 11:15
I'm assuming the answer to this one is 'No,' but I'm going to ask anyhow. If you have a BoE owned house that you pretty much pay nothing on, does someone come in and clean it and survey the house before the next JET comes in to check out all the BoE owned furniture and whatnot? Anyone know?

It depends on how much of a go-getter your supervisor is.

My first supervisor was only vaguely familiar with what her job was, so when I arrived, the house was clean, but there were a lot (at least 5 years' worth) of old books, VHS, etc.. left on the bookshelves or in boxes in the closet. I was fairly pleased with the condition of the place when I moved in.

Before my successor arrived, however, our new supervisor went nuts, spending 3 days cleaning. All the old books and stuff were gone, new tatami installed, new appliances installed, shower scrubbed, etc.. etc..

As it turns out, I could have had most of that done or purchased while I was there, but I didn't know they actually had set money aside for it, so I never bothered. Oops.

WaIdroon
June 30th, 2011, 11:31
I'm assuming the answer to this one is 'No,' but I'm going to ask anyhow. If you have a BoE owned house that you pretty much pay nothing on, does someone come in and clean it and survey the house before the next JET comes in to check out all the BoE owned furniture and whatnot? Anyone know?

As people have said it's case by case. But if you arrive and the place is a pig-sty, you may want to talk to your BOE about having a cleaning crew come in and just take care of it all. They probably wouldn't want to pay for it, but shelling out a few hundred yourself to get the place really clean could be a good investment considering how much you are apparently going to save in rent.