Recently I move from my hill-side view room in the rural ski resort area to an old house in the quiet neighborhood of Tokyo (formally not a part of 23 Tokyo special wards). I live on the second floor, in a room with two big windows facing the backyard and the street. The floor is tatami and my closets are big old closets, something that Doraemon would love to be if he visited my room.
I have three housemates; M-san the head editor and also the head of the house, N-san the designer, and Chiko-chan the cat. M-san and Chiko live on the first floor, while N-san and I live on the second floor. The house reminds me of many things from Japanese anime or drama that I’ve watched before: Nobita’s room with Doraemon’s closets, Hotaru no Hikari’s house with the porch and back garden, and Chii’s Sweet Home as we live with Chiko-chan.
My favorite part of the house is, of course, my room, a simple tatami room with a bed and low table. I can see the full moon from my room and I usually open my window when I sleep to get the cool air instead of using the air conditioner.
Another favorite part is the small porch facing the small garden and the persimmon tree. Sometimes if I have time and when everyone already leaves the house, I have my breakfast in the porch.
But normally, I will have my meals at our dining table.
Another thing that I love from the house and the neighbourhood is it’s very quiet eventhough it’s close to stations, department stores, cafes, and parks. I can walk and jog around the area without feeling anxious. It’s also only 30 minutes away by walk from one of my favourite museums: the Ghibli Museum. The downside is I have to commute for an hour to the office with the transit options between Shinjuku or Iidabashi. While I am fine with Iidabashi, the service is more frequent from Shinjuku, so it’s more convenient to go to change from Shinjuku. But, I hate Shinjuku 😥 Another downside is because it’s an old house, my windows rattle when the wind is too strong. So sometimes I can’t sleep well because of that. However, despite the downsides, I love this house and the people (and cat) whom I live with. Summer feels more bearable and it feels like back home when the weather is always sunny and the sky is always blue.