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Living Tall in Japan, part 42

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So, I finally, finally moved into a new place. It was my first time finding a place to live on my own in Japan, and so painless that I had absolutely no, no, no idea how hard it is or how much it costs to rent an apartment in Japan, doubly so for a foreigner.

I had it so easy, and I had no idea! Not that I’m complaining. 😉

As I wrote before, I basically asked my coworkers if they knew where I could look, and they suggested that I ask about the same guest house that they were staying in, in Noborito. I’d never been in a guest house before.

It was pretty easy, though! I took a tour with the manager, and she asked me to pay a small deposit and the first month’s rent. Voila, I had a new place to stay! GOODBYE ROOMMATE OF DOOM! Sort of. She resurfaced in my life right after I moved out.

But first let me tell you about my new place! 🙂

A guest house is basically like a dorm. I had my own room with my own lock on it, and the bathroom, kitchen, etc, were shared common spaces. I, of course, being not the type to party like most of the other residents, and having no interest in wasting my time, so I spent most of my time in my room alone when I was home. I really only surfaced to cook, and only occasionally as the kitchen was very, very dirty! There was someone who came in to clean it, but when people are constantly cooking and being messy and not cleaning up after themselves, there’s only so much that you can do. After a while, I started keeping my food in my room too, instead of on the designated shelf, as it regularly disappeared otherwise.

It happened in the fridge too, so I started eating a lot of things like ramen and instant soup These things happen in dorms.

So, here are some pictures that I took! Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the common areas other than the bathroom. But instead, you’ll get pictures of my completely and totally otaku room! Yay, right?


I was on the upstairs level in building 2, and this was my hall (I was the second door on the left in this photo). The guy with the Ghostbusters poster on his door liked to be loud very late into the night. 🙁 This is one huge drawback of living in a guest house. A lot of people who like to be loud until late at night and don’t understand the concept of thin walls or people working in the morning.


Here is the bathroom. A lot of people kept their toiletries on the top of the sink, although I was too worried that someone would use my toothbrush. YOU NEVER KNOW! XD;;;


There was even a squat toilet. Thank goodness it wasn’t the only toilet, because I’m not sure how many foreigners (and it was almost exclusively foreigners living there) would want to use that!


Aaaaaand, here’s my otaku-y room! As you can see, I was well on my way to collecting a crapton of Tenimyu and Prince of Tennis goods.

So, yes… I moved out, and then something scary happened. So, soooooo. ARGH. I’d thought that I was rid of her. But how could I have known?

She knew, though. She knew. At least she couldn’t stand in my doorway and smoke again.

I bet you know who I’m talking about now, don’t you! Well, I’ll let you know what happened tomorrow!! ^.^

Night night!!

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Willeke4439

    Lol, sometimes I feel like I’m the only foreigner who’s totally okay with the squat toilets. Especially in public areas I prefer those over having to sit down on a dirty seat. They also seem easy to clean, so I wouldn’t mind having one in my house. XD

    Your room looked awesome! I love the tatami, too <3

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      I think you are! I don’t like sitting on a dirty seat, but most of the squat toilets that I saw had puddles of something wet (probably THAT) all around them. I saw quite a few examples of poo also outside, like the person was too far back. That’s so, so much worse than a dirty seat. 🙁

  • Shafton

    I’m in a guesthouse right now by it’s better, I live with foreigners and japanese people. The rules of the guesthouse everywhere in both languages, so that people are fully aware of it. And we have our own fridge in each room and our place seems cleaner and more furnished than yours (but the rent may be costlier).

    Anyway living in a guesthouse still have some drawbacks that you mentionned even when people are nicer because in Japan walls are so thin that it’s impossible to be quiet if you chat late at night.

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Yeah, it’s not too hard to be better than mine, especially if it’s kept clean. It’s very convenient, though, so I wanted to move into a guesthouse instead of leaving Japan, but I wasn’t able to find one that took cats. It’s too bad that they must be so restrictive. 🙁

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