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The Apartment

July 12th, 2007

Recently, I’ve been showing you shots of the neighborhood and the view, but nothing inside the apartment. Actually, we got it cleaned up enough to be presentable in the past week, maybe 3 or 4 days ago, so there’s no reason (aside from slothfulness) to put it off any further.

You may recall the layout, if you were keeping track of comments from previous Ikebukuro posts. This was the floor plan, with numbers representing tatami mats, each tatami roughly 3 x 6 feet:


Inside that floorplan, this was the expected layout:


Although in “bedroom 2,” the “computer desk” (light beige rectangle on the right) had to be thrown out, that was for the best–it would have seriously overcrowded the room for no good purpose. The sofa in the living room we moved back a bit from the TV… but aside from those two changes, everything was placed as planned, and works very well. So with that layout established, let’s look at some main points of the apartment:

First, the kitchen, as viewed from near the dining room table (the dark brown thing with four chairs around it):

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Turn a little to the right, and you can see the living room area (note the green curtains, a recent apartment-wide addition):

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Step back into the kitchen a bit and look back towards the balcony windows:

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The following views do not have enlarged images. If you go down the hall from the kitchen area to the bedrooms, then on the right is the bath area:


Hidden in there on the left side is the washer-dryer, and almost at the door on the left is a second mirror-cabinet dressing area. Turn around, and you see the main bedroom:


The bed does take up most of the room, but there’s more space than there seems in this image. Out of frame, there’s a fair amount of floor space beyond the bed, and full-sized closets to the left.

And just around the corner is the hallway leading to the genkan, and the front door:


There’s more, but that’s enough for now.

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  1. July 13th, 2007 at 00:43 | #1

    Ah, the long-awaited pictures of the set-up. Thanks for sharing them. I’ll be looking forward to the next bunch.

    I see Sachi’s influence on the decor all over the place (the plants in particular…somehow I doubt they’re yours). The kitchen looks incredibly tiny and I’m not sure I could deal with it but the storage space is enviable, particular the nifty space for towels when you head for the bathroom/laundry area. I “store” ours by folding them and stacking them on the washing machine. :-p

  2. Luis
    July 13th, 2007 at 00:49 | #2

    The kitchen is actually bigger than it looks here. Next time, I’ll include a shot taken from the entrance rather than over the counter. There is a good amount of storage space, not the least of which is that bathroom closet. We also have a hallway “pantry” closet, two individual clothes closets in the bedroom, a small closet in the second bedroom, and a small walk-in shoes closet near the genkan. Lots of bathroom closet space, and the kitchen has pretty good space too.

  3. Anonymous
    July 13th, 2007 at 13:03 | #3


    I cant remember exactly but I think you posted something like 75 square meter before? Roughing an estimate from the number of tatamis plus hall/storage/etc space, it looks like about 66 square meter? I think I’m a bit off.

    What is the total space listed?

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