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  • Every morning, generally without fail, I get woken up by a hawk. At least I think it's

  • a hawk. I don't know a lot about birds, and I don't

  • really care for birds much but.. This hawk means I no longer need to use my alarm clock,

  • so I'm saving electricity. So in essence the hawk has actually lowered my cost of living.

  • And it's innovations like that in Japan that you just look at and go, "Why don't we do

  • that in England?" Umm, and the honest, the honest answer, "I don't know. I don't know

  • why we don't do it in England." So I've been living in Japan just over two

  • weeks now, and I'm settling in well. I live out 300 miles north-east of Tokyo in

  • a province called Yamagata. It's quite a cold region, except it's not. Because it's actually

  • like 36 degrees Celcius with 80% humidity making it at least hotter than the sun. The

  • town I live in is surrounded by sea on one side, and on the other side we've got a tonne

  • of mountains, which look beautiful, amazing. One in particular dominates the skyline, it's

  • called mount chokai and it has been called Mount Fuji of the north, because it has a

  • similar sort of shape, in that it's symmetrical like Mount Fuji. Except it's not symmetrical

  • at all, whatsoever, so I don't know where the came from.

  • I'm still learning Japanese, so I can't actually read a lot, which makes the smallest things

  • pretty difficult. Like microwaving a pizza. It can take 40 minutes just to work out how

  • to use the microwave. I've seen two fireworks displays whilst being

  • here and they are ridiculously big. They look like scenes out of Apocalypse Now. With the

  • sound of The Good The Bad And The Ugly, and together... It's a pretty big experience, but pretty cool.

  • And they go on for about 2 hours, rather than 5 minutes.

  • But yeah, it's the small things that make Japan interesting. Like this apartment or

  • flat or bedsit or whatever you wanna call it. So lets go have a look, shall we?

  • Okay, so this is my place. First thing you do when you come in, take of your Jesus sandles.

  • This area is public space, believe it or not, even though it's in your apartment. People

  • such as postmen can still come in and actually stand here if the door's unlocked, so always

  • lock your door, like that, and nobody gets hurt.

  • Okay, so this is my sink area and kitchen area as you can see, there's absolutely no

  • room for cooking or preparing anything which means I have to go out and eat every night.

  • It's just the way it is, because I can't cook. Microwave, some other stuff, rice cooker!

  • Haven't used it yet, don't know how. Okay, this is the shower room, I don't know

  • if that is a bathtub or just something you stand in. If it's a bath then I don't know

  • how I would fit in it. I don't really know what this is either, but you can do this...

  • and then you can do that as well, so that's pretty good, there's the shower.

  • Okay, so, here is the toilet. I love this, this is such a clever toilet though. Not in

  • the sense that it's electronic though, like a lot of Japanese toilets but... this thing

  • here. When you flush the toilet, it refills this bit up from a sink that you can wash

  • your hands in. So you go to the toilet, flush that, and then look! Oh, you can wash your

  • hands! You got about 30 seconds to wash your hands. But how clever's that? So that's really

  • recycling water, and it just gets me excited every time. Such a simple little thing, but

  • so clever, and if that doesn't excite you, nothing will.

  • So yeah, pretty good, first room, quite spacious in terms of just being able to do every day

  • stuff. But lets go and check out the room that we've all been waiting for... Ta da!

  • Oh, I better tidy it up. Da nuh, here it is, my main room. As you can see it's a reasonable

  • size, especially for one person. It's got a really cool sofa, I've never sat on it once

  • because I love this chair too much. It reclines, so I often sit there and watch amazing Japanese

  • television! Okay, so this is a traditional Japanese kind

  • of eating table. I don't, can't remember the name of it. But underneath it's got a heater

  • here so in the winter when you sit here with your legs underneath the table you can keep

  • warm because typically Japanese accommodation and houses aren't that well insulated against

  • the cold and it gets pretty cold here. Over here, got quite a lot of space for putting

  • rubbish, probably shouldn't have done that, 'cause now I can't get my bed back in. Here's

  • my wardrobe, pretty colourful, good enough. This is a bit odd, I've got a mirror here,

  • fair enough, but there seems to be some sort of outline, a female outline, that's been

  • stuck on with tissue paper. And I don't know why. It's even more worrying knowing that

  • my predecessor was in fact a guy as well. So, I don't know what he was doing, at all.

  • Okay, so these are Japanese sliding doors also known as 'shouji.' Because they slide

  • they don't take up that much room, so they're quite clever and they let in light, and it

  • makes the room really nice, so you can keep them shut and keep the room cool.

  • This is my, this is my balcony, it looks just terrible, but, it is nice to come and sit

  • out here and relax. Me and my neighbours drink a lot of water. Water, of course, comes in

  • cans in Japan, so, yeah. But no, we sit here, and it's lovely. And here's my pretty, not

  • great, view. But, it does the job, you can sit out here and drink water. And that's my

  • air conditioning unit as well. Great. This is the main room, very nice. And it's

  • got some sort of rug which is always good. You're probably wondering where the bed is,

  • although you're not, 'cause I've ruined the surprise, but this room also doubles as my

  • bedroom so... It's a futon, I roll it out every night and

  • put it away every morning. It's a bit of effort but you know, it's not a problem. And it's

  • very comfortable, lovely to sleep on, it's the biggest bed I've ever had. But this is

  • like a double bed almost, and it's very comfortable and pretty good, so lets have a look.

  • Da nuh! So this is it. Um, yeah, pretty comfortable. Love it. Now I've gotta put the damn thing...

  • now I've gotta put the damn thing away. Okay, so, that's my apartment. Pretty good

  • value for money. Less than a hundred pounds a month. So for the size, I think it's great.

  • And it's perfect for living alone. Yeah, so, hopefully I'll put up some more

  • videos of Japan and the area itself. It's a beautiful area and there's loads to see

  • and talk about and stuff. And if you have any questions ask away. But sensible questions,

  • not stupid questions. So yeah, great! See ya later! Thanks.

  • Why'd I do that? Why'd I fall back? Should've just ended it.

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日本のアパートと日本への到着 (My Japanese Apartment and Arriving in Japan)

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    Yummy Japan に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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