Tall Black Japan 10: The Humble Abode

by Joseph Bonney (@joebones21)

It’s small.  

  Apartment Complex, photo by Joseph Bonney (2018).

Apartment Complex, photo by Joseph Bonney (2018).

I knew that coming in, but seeing is different from reading.  My apartment is a 1 bedroom apartment that is about three-quarters of the size of an American 1 bedroom apartment.  I felt this was a prime example of Japanese minimalism at work; they everything down to closely the bare minimum. Housing was no exception.  

  J. Bonney (2018).

J. Bonney (2018).

My living room also tripled as a workstation and bedroom.  My bed is a futon that is also roughly 4 inches shorter than me (sleeping is interesting).  There are two tables, a small Sharp flat screen TV, a bookshelf, and plastic drawer to fill with my clothes.  I hung my classic Bombay Sapphire watercolor painting on the wall. Something of personal intrinsic value and a reminder to me of home.  

  J. Bonney (2018).

J. Bonney (2018).

My kitchen, bathroom, and restroom is a funny organized klusterfuk.  The bathroom and restroom are separated, something I’m not use to. And the toilet is a crazy technical.  It has a seat warmer, bidet (the best function that I can’t believe I’ve ever lived without), and temperature control.  The bathtub is deep and more spacious than I'm used to. Its pretty great.

  Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Japan. Stockphoto.

Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Japan. Stockphoto.

          The view itself is unmatched.  My whole city is surrounded by grandiose mountains that look beautiful caressing the city.  Honestly the best part of the apartment. I wish my veranda/balcony was bigger for me to enjoy properly, but I make it work.  

          Overall small, but doable, and I'm excited to call it my new home.  Stay tuned for further updates!


Joseph Bonney is an English teacher and a contributing writer to Human Influence. Originally from Central Texas, he moved to Matsumoto, Japan, where he teaches English. Follow him on Twitter (@joebones21) and Instagram (@joebonesart).