Thursday, April 12, 2018

this and that

Untitled In Japan, since space is premium, everything is measured.

The other day, we got the measurements for the pan where the washer will sit.

Not all apartments have them, so if you don't have one there are precautions you need to take, just in case your washer overflows...

Anyway, since I got the measurements for the pan I looked at the movers catalog but was concerned the washer I wanted would not fit, so I called the moving company.

They weren't too sure if it would fit, so I called an appliance store...of course it would fit because they wanted to make a sale...

I then called the maker of the washer I wanted, the guy said that if the measurements we received were the inside perimeter of the pan, not the edge/lip perimeter of the pan, then the washer would fit.

I then called the real estate agent who gave us the measurements and asked her whether the numbers were from the inside of the pan or the edge/lip, she confirmed they were from the inside of the pan...whew!

Long story short, I was able to order the washer I wanted...

Untitled Also, since some of Japan's bedding is futon (comforter) style.

The moving company gave us several of these bags for our futon.

This is actually 2 bean bag chairs...that's how huge this is (I guess I should've take a side shot too, so you can see how big the bag is)

Untitled This particular moving company has a code with their means "fragile"...yellow means "I want to use this right away"...white has no meaning.

Square boxes are used to pack heavy things like books.

Rectangle boxes are used to pack light things like clothing.

There is even a really long rectangular box that they gave us, which is for kimonos, but I used one for our umbrellas instead.

Untitled The boxes for the dishes came, and while appreciate that I didn't have to wrap them, a lot of my dishes didn't match the sizes of their!

Untitled We use these plastic boxes that we brought with us when we moved from Hawaii to store a lot of things.

The moving company only allows clothing to be kept in them for the move (this is because the boxes would be too heavy for them to carry if they allowed other things in them), so we had to transfer items we had had in them and put clothing in them instead.

I still have a little more packing to go...mostly jams, pickles & dried foods, just before I need to pull the plug on the fridge/freezer...

AND it is supposed to rain on Sunday...hoping this all goes smoothly.

Send us good mojo...Take care!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

last sakura walk

Untitled This year's sakura was way too quick.

I took a break from packing on Monday, and shot this video (click on the photo).

Untitled The weeping cherry trees were beautiful!

Untitled Am gonna miss this neighborhood...

Untitled By Wednesday, most of the petals had fallen.

Untitled The weeping trees were still nice though.

Untitled The little pond in Suigetsu Park was filled with pink petals!

Untitled Spring is way too short...

Monday, April 09, 2018

atlas obscura

tokkuri ika Remember the tokkuri ika?

Well, recently we were approached by Atlas Obscura to use our photo for their article.

Thanks for using our photo and giving credit where it is due.

Sunday, April 08, 2018


the last of my stash of minoo sausages with bits of yuzu in it...gonna have to diet after this move since I’ve been trying to eat all the cheese, butter & these sausages that were in the freezer❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #みのおソーセージ #アスパラ #紫玉ねぎ #箕面 #大阪 #minoo #sausage We got the place in Ikegami that we wanted.

We're on schedule to move this coming Sunday.

I'm just waiting for the RE agent to send us some measurements so that I can have Satoshi order my appliances through the moving company.

We need to order as soon as possible so that they can have them ready for when we move in Monday morning.

I've been packing and doing a little more purging.

Boy do moving boxes take up space!

I kind of wish that the shop who will take the furniture (for a fee) we are giving up would've come earlier than the moving day so that I would have more space for moving boxes, but I think they have a contract with the moving company and can only do it on moving day using the movers...sigh.

In a way it is a good thing that Satoshi is not around (he'll probably freak out when he comes home this Friday), there is only a tiny area to walk, though doing this all myself is running me a bit ragged.

On Wednesday, the boxes for our dishes will be delivered, no wrapping, just slide them into slots.

Over the past two days, I was trying to get as many things into boxes.

It is amazing how much dust accumulates and I can only imagine how gross it will be after they move out the refrigerator, washer and book shelves...eep!

We've also hit a cold snap and wouldn't you know it I already packed my warm clothing...brr!

It's been kind of sad too seeing everything going into boxes, things that were once on the wall aren't there now...the room kind of echoes too.

Whenever I go to the store or out to get some lunch, I walk my different routes and silently thank the things (flowers, sceneries) I used to look at on my walks.

AND I definitely need to go on a diet after this since I've been trying to eat all the sausages, butter and cheese in my freezer...eep!

Tomorrow I go to the dentist to get a mold made for the tooth they are fixing.

Hopefully it will be sunny and I can get a bit of positive mojo.

Anyway, that's what's happening...hope you all have a nice week.

Friday, April 06, 2018

this and that

just lugged all this down several flights (this is when I wish we had an elevator)’s 5’o’clock somewhere right?! need an alcoholic beverage stat❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #断捨離 #スプリングクリーニング #お引越し #purging #springcleaning #moving #needadrink #lifeinjapan Monday, I called our city for an emergency bulk pick up.

The manual that our city gives us states that you should at least give them a week's notice to schedule the pick up.

And the minimum cost would be 2470 yen for 1 square meter (10 square feet) of bulk garbage.

So when I called on Monday, the guy that answered said, "when did you want the pick up?"

I told him if he can do it sometime this week that would be great.

He said, "we can come tomorrow afternoon"...whoo!

Then he told me to put everything into our garbage pick up area by noon.

So it took me 45-ish minutes to lug everything down.

This was the one time I wished we had had an elevator...

As I was waiting for the truck to come in the afternoon, this particular Tuesday was our actual bulk pickup day.

Boy, the guys in the truck were having a field day putting on red stickers that indicate we have put out the bulk garbage incorrectly.

I ran down to tell them that I had requested emergency bulk pickup.

They immediately removed the red stickers and were off to pick up others' bulk garbage.

Then in the afternoon another truck came (the one I requested), they determined that I would only need to pay them 2470 yen and within 5 minutes the two guys had thrown everything in their truck and were off.

I wanted to share with you that the Japanese have an expression when their feet are sore...they say that their feet are laughing...while in America, we say they are crying.

My calves are definitely crying and not laughing...

I am super glad they were able to schedule the pick up this week and that I can move on to other things that need to be done.

Today, I went to get my root canal checked.

I also told the dentist that after he is totally finished, I will move to Tokyo and that if he could recommend a dentist there.

Next Monday they will take a mold to make a cap for the tooth.

Then the week we move to Tokyo, I need to come back to Osaka to get my tooth totally finished...

Satoshi said this before going to Tokyo..."we are definitely gonna need some R & R after this"...yup!

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Monday, April 02, 2018


gmh3 How are you?

Thought I should bring you up to date as to where we are...

So, after we found out that the price of the rent for us to look for was set, we also found out that the square footage that we were allowed was set too...eep! (550 square feet max)

The company labels our housing as "company housing" so everyone has to be the same rent and same square footage.

Apparently rent and square footage is more for families of 3 or more and less for those who are single or live/work away from their families.

If you remember, right now we live in a 600 square foot apartment.

Over the past couple of weeks, we worked with a real estate agent familiar with Satoshi's company's conditions.

She sent us all sorts of prospects, and one apartment that struck our attention was located in Shinagawa.

It was so convenient that Satoshi would be able to avoid riding the trains and walk to work!

The last Thursday of March we met up with the real estate agent in Tokyo and to our disappointment the Shinagawa property was poorly maintained and scarily dark.

Luckily the agent had two other properties lined up to show us in the Ikegami area.

To commute from Ikegami, Satoshi would need to ride two trains but both rides are not very long.

The commute time should equal to just about the same amount of time he takes to commute in Osaka, though I am sure the trains in Tokyo have a different kind of crowding.

Out of the two properties we looked at in the Ikegami area, one stood is 470 square feet and on the top floor of the building, getting lots of sunlight, just like our apartment now but of course, smaller.

It is not too far from the train station, just like our apartment now.

The weekend before we looked at properties, we met with the moving company, they gave us an estimate and scheduled our move for April 15 (which could change if we cannot move in by the 16th).

Most of our appliances are old (17 years) so we are planning to get rid of them.

The cool thing about the moving company is that they sell new appliances and will get rid of our old ones (for a fee).

Among our belongings there were some things that we (mostly Satoshi) are not ready to part with, so we talked with MIL and she has allowed us to store these things in a room of her house. (thank you!)

Over these weeks, we also went several times to Kyoto to clear out the area for us to put these things and also help her clean a little.

During most days I have been packing boxes and purging (lots of purging!).

Thank goodness our city has an emergency bulk garbage pick up (for a fee) and they will be coming tomorrow!

During the past two weeks, I was also able to meet up with my host mom, host sister and some friends for lunches.

I was worried I would have to throw out some butter I had in the freezer but the family next door kindly accepted it. (thank you!)

Unfortunately I know I still will have to throw some food things out but at least most things have been eaten or given away.

It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks.

At this point, we're still waiting for the real estate agent to get back to us on the apartment we are interested in.

Thank you for all the advice and good mojo from you readers, friends and family.

Be well.

Monday, March 26, 2018

full bloom

MIL’s sakura tree/branch in full bloom❤︎ ・ ・ ・ #桜 #盆栽 #苔ボール #sakura #cherryblossom #bonsai #mossball #japan #latergram #nofilter Remember MIL's sakura branch/tree?!

Well, when we went (to bring some things) yesterday, the tree was in full bloom!

Amazing and so pretty!

Have a nice week!