In Japan, our apartment has 3 rooms, a kitchen, and one bathroom. 2 of the rooms have tatami mats and one room is carpeted. We use the carpeted room as our bedroom because it is separated from the other rooms and it is right across from the bathroom. The 2 tatami mat rooms are connected through sliding doors and they are connected to the kitchen.
The photo below is an advertisement for our apartment we found at a store near our house. The yellow room is the carpet room, the 2 green rooms are tatami mat rooms and the light blue is the kitchen. The space at the very bottom of the layout is our balcony it runs the width of the apartment, we love it. Hopefully it will be taken down soon because it has obviously already been rented :)
The photo below is our front door. We always leave our shoes at the door or in the brown cabinet in the right of the photo. These cabinets are found at the entrances of most homes and have narrow smaller shelves built just for shoes. When you take off your shoes you are supposed to put on house shoes that you only where inside. David and I have a pair but we have not purchased any for guests yet.
This is the inside of the shoe cabinet.
The top of the cabinet we use to organize. David puts all of his things from his pockets in the clear/brown bowl.
The photo below shows a little bit of the overhead cabinet. We keep tools up there. We are not allowed to hang anything on the walls unless a hole is already in the wall. I wanted to hang a key holder for us with a series of hooks but thumb tacks will have to do in a few already existing holes :)
Our bathroom is big. It has a huge shower/bathtub combination, a separate room for the toilet, a sink/vanity with storage and is home to our washer/dryer.
Our washer/dryer is a combination machine and will wash the clothes and dry them. We have only used the dryer once because it is expensive to run it and it doesn't really get the clothes dry and it's cold air and not heated. We hang dry our clothes on the balcony or the clothes rack. The spin cycle in these things are amazing so the clothes are basically dry after the wash.
Below shows the washer/dryer and the floor mat for the shower.
We found a great shelving unit for over the washer/dryer.
I just love this little floor mat it is super soft and we found it on sale!!
The entrance into the shower. The shower room has it's own light and vent fan.
The shower room.
I like that you can move the shower head also, this will come in handy when we are bathing our little Samuel :)
The tile floor is nice.
This bathtub is huge and very deep!!
The photo below shows the entrance into the toilet room. It even has it's own separate light switch and vent fan.
This is the typical Western style toilet you see in homes and most places of business. The traditional Japanese style toilet is shown near the end of this post. This toilet has many features some you will just have to come for a visit and find out, but the one we like is the heated set, I am sure that will come in handy during the winter because homes are not heated.
All of the toilet roll holders have these nifty covers.
The toilets come standard with a built in sink on the back. This is fresh water that you can wash your hands with and it refills the toilet bowl.
This is a great shelf over the toilet holding all of our toilet paper. When we arrived in our apartment there were already some kitchen/bathroom necessities here. These are just 4 or the 6 packs that were given to us. Needless to say we have not had to buy any toilet paper yet.
Japanese style toilet. You can just barely see in the upper right the flush and the little sink for washing hands.
Below are photos of the sink/vanity/mirror combo.
I like that the mirror has it's own light and there is extra storage for our everyday items on the right side of the mirror. We also purchased little hanging baskets for the wall to hold some everyday items. It was great that the holes were already there because once again we were asked not to hang anything on the walls unless a hole is already there.
Stay tuned for another photo walk through of our kitchen area and storage closet!!!