When I first moved to Japan in August, I was so excited to post pictures of My House Upon the Hill. Since I’ve moved in, I’ve been to many other houses in Japan, but I haven’t seen any quite like mine. Since I left my home for college I’ve been on the move ever since. I lived in a different place every year in college, I moved to 2 different places in the 2 years I was in Norfolk, I’ve only been in Japan for 18 months and will be getting ready to move again shortly…. you’ll find out soon enough where. ee!
I’m okay with the moving around because it supports my traveling life style. It wasn’t until I moved to Japan that I finally started being quality furniture and decorating my house. I didn’t know it could be so much fun. When I first arrived to Norfolk, I was on an extreme budget and bought most of my furniture second-hand. When I moved in with the guys they already had their house furnished and I didn’t really have to provide any furniture. Right before I moved to Japan I decided I needed a change for the better and I gave away or sold my furniture for very cheap to anybody who wanted it. When they were unpacking my stuff into my new house there was only a crate and a half of things. It took less than 2 hours to unload all of the boxes. Since I’ve accumulated a few things and I just absolutely love this house, my first experience enjoying a home so much.
I only included a picture of the shower area because it’s very different than America. This shower area is designed to get wet everywhere, tub, floor, walls, I had never thought of that concept before and love it! My other most favorite thing about Japanese houses is the heated toilet seats. I don’t want to give that up when I leave.
The entry-way to the house, I found this piece at a furniture bizarre in Sasebo, my dad’s old banjo from college and to the right you will see the buoy I accidentally ran over while driving the ship off of the coast of South Korea. It got stuck in the stern gate and the Captain had them bring it up for me (as the Officer of the Deck). It was about 9 ft. tall, but I cut it down and now this souvenir is one I don’t intend to part with.
Right at the top of the stairs. This house was made in 2000 and is primarily made of wood, something I love about it.This is a built-in activities center at the top of the stairs. This has been great for storage, games, and blankets. It gives a lot of character to the house.
My welcome home sign is up! My sister made this for me from when I returned home from my first deployment, Now its custom for it to be hanging when I get home from every underway meaning I just got home recently.
A view of the kitchen and as you can see in the back the Tatami Mat room. This is a tradition room that is in most Japanese houses, usually with an area for a shrine. Ours does not have that, but still very nice.
Finally, a close up picture of my book shelf. I’m a huge nerd and love books. Although I keep a Nook on the ship because of the small space we have available, I still like to collect some of my favorites in hard copy when I can.