My Room

My Room

Written by sonicsuns

Topics: Blog, Everything

This is my room at the Hitotsubashi International Village, which is in Kodaira, which is in Tokyo. More specifically, I’m in building C, room 402.
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Approaching my room


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My very boring door


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/And without further ado, this is my room.
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/On the left is my bed. In the back you see the curtain of the dwindow (It’s a door, really. It leads to the balcony. But it’s my only means of getting air from outside, so that makes it a window. A door-window. A dwindow.) My towel’s hanging up there too. On the right is the big desk (which came with the room) where my laptop is propped up. In the lower-right is the fridge (also came with the room).
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/If you look down, you’ll notice something distinctly Asian: the shoe-place. I’m sure there’s a better term for it but I don’t know what it is. Anyway, the Japanese have a thing about wearing your shoes inside. (Actually “inside” is an elastic concept, as you can wear your shoes inside a store or something, but not inside somebody’s house.) The shoe-place is a section of concrete floor inside the room which, for the purposes of shoes, counts as “outside”. (Not every room has it like this; for some rooms the shoe-place is actually outside the room) You’re supposed to take your shoes off here and walk around the room in your socks (or just barefoot). But honesty, when it comes to my room, I often ignore the rule.
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Shoe-place

shoe-place


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If we spin about 150 degrees to the right, we find my laundry bag, a cabinet-thing (which I’m told is for shoe-related items), and the umbrella that I fetched out of the trash. On the left you see a bit of the closet-thing. (I dunno, maybe it’s more of a wardrobe?)

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stuff


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All the furniture came with the room.

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Inside the closet-wardrobe-thing


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Next we see the fridge-freezer, the corded phone, and various things on the desk.

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Right side of desk, plus fridge


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/They provide a corded phone, but it doesn’t call to outside numbers. (Unless you arrange to pay for a phone service). You can use it to call other rooms on campus, and it also works as an alarm clock.
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top-right of desk


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/Another uniquely Japanese feature is the presence of anti-earthquake tubes. These were also provided for me. They stretch from the ceiling to the tops of tall things so that they don’t fall over if there’s an earthquake.
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Anti-earthquake tubes on top of the desk. On the right, birthday stuff from home. On the left, four tissue boxes, because they sell them in packs of 5 around here.


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Left side of the desk, including random medicinal things I got from America, 'cause I realized I don't read Japanese well enough to trust myself to use their medicine properly.


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My laptop perched on it's cool posture-improvement stand. (I use an external keyboard)


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Random junk by the desk.


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Here's where I stash the comforter (which I REALLY don't need during the summer)


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My bed. With only one sheet. Though I think it only came with one sheet. Probably.


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/Looking back at the door, we find a light above the bed, together with lightswitches and the A/C remote.
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Looking back at the door


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/Behind the bed is the bathroom.
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Door to the bathroom


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bathroom


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/Thankfully, the toilet is western-style.
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yay


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/Also, there’s a built-in air conditioner/heater above the dwindow
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A/C


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/It’s controlled by this remote:
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  • Arisa Oba

    wow it's nice room! I like the word 'dwindow' lol
    Hey, but my American told me that she takes her shoes off inside the house as well….maybe some people do it in U.S. as well..hm^^

  • Yes, some americans take off their shoes inside. It depends on the person (and whether the shoe is really messy).

  • DMT

    You have a better room and fridge than I do…/
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  • Oh..its good if taken proper care!

  • gerbyl

    I’m leaving for a semester abroad at TGU in abot 2 weeks. I’ll be living at the Hitotsubashi dormitories as well. So I’m glad I stumbled over your blog :)/
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    /If I’m without internet, I’m someone who will just wither like a flower which is under my care (not really having a green thumb). So I’m curious about how long it took you to get an internet connection set up in your room? (was it complicated to get one?)

    • Thanks for reading. =)/
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      /My internet was already on, actually. I just plugged the computer into /
      /the ethernet port in the wall. (I’m guessing the ethernet cord came with /
      /the room.) I later learned this was provided as a trial by some internet/
      / company, and after a few weeks you had to pay. By that point I had /
      /already signed on with another company that provided a broadband modem. /
      /(I met this other company after orientation; they had a booth set up /
      /outside the orientation room.) Connection speed was fast, with both companies./
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      /By the way, seeing as I’m not in Japan anymore, I’m accepting guest /
      /bloggers. If you’d like to contribute something to this blog once you’re/
      / abroad, let me know. =)/
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      /–Jimmy/
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      • gerbyl

        Sorry for being so late with answering

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