Part Time Job Opportunity at Share House Company, Tokyo

Hi! We’re Tulip Real Estate, a small female-only share house management company in Nerima, Tokyo. We’re looking to grow our international team and we welcome women from all over the world.

Varied and Exciting Work
The work is very varied. You meet new people all the time and you will never be bored. Responsibilities range from usual duties like viewings, paper work, replying to inquiries etc., but also marketing, copywriting, updating social media, cleaning, stocking and decorating. We need someone flexible who also enjoys travelling to different locations within Tokyo.

We Want Your Ideas!
If you are creative and brimming with ideas, Tulip Real Estate is the part time opportunity for you!

As a small company, everyone’s ideas get listened to; you will be an important and valued part of the team. Our International Team members have the freedom to pursue their own projects for marketing or to improve the houses.

The work environment is casual and there is no dress code. However the work is also challenging and sometimes there are time restraints. Therefore we need someone who can take responsibility and manage their own time.

Gain Great Experience and Japanese Language Skills
You will be involved in all aspects of the business, meaning it is the perfect opportunity for those who want to learn about and gain experience in real estate; particularly share house and guest house management.

This is also a great chance to improve on Japanese skills and experience working in a Japanese business environment.

We are flexible when it comes to discussing work hours and days so students are welcome!

Hear From Our Current Staff!

Jess, UK:My Japanese has improved so much since I started working at Tulip. I’ve learnt so many words that I wouldn’t otherwise encounter and can now use them with confidence when communicating with colleagues.

I’ve also had the chance to explore many parts of Tokyo that aren’t well known and had the chance to share this knowledge with others through Tulip’s blogs and social media. I love meeting other people living in Japan, there’s always the chance to have an interesting chat and make a new friend.

Sometimes rushing around Tokyo to meet a client after another appointment overran is tough, but if you enjoy challenging and varied work with the chance to meet lots of new people, you will enjoy this job for sure!

Jan, Thailand:I like having the freedom to throw in my ideas and make use of my creative skills as a designer. I’m currently a student so I enjoy having flexible work hours and a casual office environment, where I can come to work wearing whatever I feel like!

My favourite part of the job is introducing Tokyo to newcomers and giving them all the tips and knowledge I’ve learnt by working here over the years. 

It’s fun to have the chance to get out of the office and travel around Tokyo for appointments, but this physicality can be tough. If you are the kind of person who is active and enjoys travelling, this opportunity is perfect!

Naomi, USA:It’s very rewarding to help those moving to Japan for the first time. Sometimes we are the very first people they meet after they land!

Adapting to Japanese work culture was a challenge but I’ve gained so much experience and greatly improved my cultural competence.

 

Requirements:
Fluent in English
Basic Japanese skills
Very organized and can manage own time
Can work independently as well as a team
Visa that allows working in Japan (with at least one year left)
Able to travel by train and bicycle to various locations in Tokyo

Desired Skills:
Creative skills
Familiar with social media
Good written English (for blogs and social media posts as well as copywriting)
Any other languages spoken will be considered a plus

➔ No dress code
➔ Travel expenses reimbursed (up to 10,000 yen per month)
➔ Flexible work schedule
➔ Possibility of a full time position in the future

If you are interested, send a resume and cover letter to n-mizutani@tulip-e.com

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Resident Interview: Ms. M from Niigata, Japan

Ms. M is currently living in our Happy House Kagurazaka shared house. Kagurazaka is known for its Kyoto-like charm with many traditional shops and beautiful streets. Let’s see how she is liking the house and area so far!


Happy House Kagurazaka Dining Room

 Ms. M, What interested you to live in a shared house?

 After graduating from college, I was living alone for a while and it felt a bit lonely overtime. So I started my search for a share house! About three years ago, I viewed many other shared houses, but decided to move here because it was the best choice.

 What do you like about living at Happy House Kagurazaka?

 This area is just amazing. I can go anywhere nearby and find anything I need. In the house, I love that there is a feeling of togetherness. I have a private room, which is quite small but since I am trying to reduce my things, it is just right for me.

Ms. M surprised us with her shamisen skills!

How do you like Kagurazaka?

Kagurazaka is a place I have always wanted live. My work is a little bit far away but when I come home, I just feel at ease. I love to stroll around the neighborhood and it is very easy-living.

Kagurazaka’s music scene

 How do you like to enjoy your days off?

 On Sundays, I take shamisen lessons. I will be performing in a recital soon (Our staff was lucky enough to see Ms. M sing and play the shamisen. It was truly wonderful)! I usually like to eat at the nearby restaurants, walk around, and do yoga…actually maybe don’t really do yoga that often, haha. I enjoy stopping in the local, traditional shops with miscellaneous goods.

What do you enjoy about Tokyo?

 I think there are many people who are active and always on-the-go. There are so many different kinds of people in this city and it is exciting to be a part of Tokyo life.

 Have you had any challenges living in a shared house?

 Not at all, I am very satisfied living in a shared house. When I lived alone, besides at work, some days the only interaction I had was at the convenient store saying, “I don’t need a bag, thank you.” It is really nice to talk about interesting things with the people around me. I can learn so many new things and didn’t realize how much I wasn’t aware of before!

Ms. M’s favorite shop

 Has anything changed for you in any way since living in a shared house?

 In a shared house, my life seems more systematic and smooth. When I lived with my parents, on days off I couldn’t fully chill out. In a shared house, it feels like I’m living a regular life on my own and I believe that is a very nice and important change.

 Have you had any challenges living in a shared house?

 I challenge myself with things like trying not to make noise in the middle of the night and early in the morning, trying to be considerate about shelf and refrigerator space, little things like that.

Strolling in Kagurazaka

 Do you have any future plans?

 For me, life in Tokyo is just too good! But I would like to study abroad if I can. I’d also like to continue reducing the amount of my belongings so I can pick up and move anytime. My current housemates have a plan to stay abroad long-term, so I am excited to keep in touch and talk with them.

 Do you have anything you would like to share with our readers?

If you have recently come to Tokyo and you are not really sure how to get around, together people will help guide you. If you choose to live in a shared house, it is truly wonderful to experience living with others and expanding your experiences!

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Introducing Our Newly Open Okura House!

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest share house, Okura House. Located in Setagaya’s peaceful Sakurajosui neighborhood, Okura House features a unique mix of both beautiful, traditional Japanese rooms and stylish, modern rooms.

This share house is only a 6-minute walk from Sakurajousui station and if you want to go to Shinjuku, hop on the Keio Line and it’s a 15-minute train ride away!

Private Room 1 | Occupied

Private Room 2 | Occupied

Private Room 3 | Occupied

Private Room 4 | Rent: 66,000円

Private Room 5 | Rent: 56,000円

Private Room 6 | Rent: 60,000円

Private Room 7 | Rent: Occupied

Private Room 8 | Rent: 54,000円

Private Room 9 | Occupied

Private Room 10 | Rent: 53,000円

Private Room 11 | Occupied

Private Room 12 | Occupied

Security Deposit for all rooms | 30,000 JPY

Decorated with lovely plants and bright pops of color, the garden is an oasis to stroll or relax in.

The hallways, living room, and dining room feature cozy design accents to create a stylish yet comfortable atmosphere for residents to lounge in the shared space together.

Okura House has two kitchens, two bath tubs and three bathrooms._o8d0439

Interested in living in Okura House? Feel free to contact us to make a viewing appointment to see the space and a room of your choice at contact@tulip-e.com

We hope to support your stay as you enjoy the Tokyo life!

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Christmas in Japan for Independent Ladies Who Don’t Need No Man

‘Goodwill to all men’ Jesus famously said on 25th December, year zero. But in Japan at this time of year, it seems goodwill is reserved only for those in relationships.

The list of casualties to Japan’s couple culture is long. Disneyland, aquariums, Sky Tree and even Christmas. But as everyone knows, a few good girl friends are far better company. Get all your favourite single ladies together because Christmas is ours this year!

Try Starbucks’ Christmas drinks

Japan famously has flavours not available in other countries, alongside the legendary Gingerbread Latte. This is year it’s Snow Pecan Latte (white chocolate and nuts), Baked Apple available as hot or a Frappuccino or the just released White Chocolate Matcha. The perfect place to warm up, gossip and discuss how liberating it is to break free of the patriarchal pressure to pair up.

(image from http://www.starbucks.co.jp/)

Go to see some illuminations

Time to get those perfect ‘I’m having fun with my girlfriends’ Instagram shots. Big cities like Tokyo have winter illuminations pretty much everywhere and they really do make you feel pretty Christmassy. Do some research and you can easily find some near you.

Eat some Fried Chicken: It’s Tradition!

Everyone’s heard the ‘in Japan they eat Kentucky Fried Chicken at Christmas time’ thing. You’d be hard pressed to find a traditional Western Christmas dinner in Tokyo, so why not join in on the finger-lickin fun. You have to book weeks in advance for the real deal, but luckily plenty of rival fast food restaurants like Lotteria and Mos Burger are trying to end KFC’s stranglehold on the Christmas fried chicken business by offering similar sets.

Exchange gifts at a Christmas movie sleepover

Boys are terrible at choosing gifts, so you’re not missing out. Instead make a secret Santa with your girlfriends for some presents you actually want. Do the big reveal only when you’re all cosy at home wearing Christmas themed pyjamas. Bring some overpriced Christmas cake to watch some festive films with and you’re all set!

Disclaimer: This blog post is tongue-in-cheek, if you do have a partner this Christmas we hope you have a wonderful time together!

 

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Resident Interview: Living in Minato-ku with Phuong from Vietnam

Meet Phuong, a university student studying Japanese and currently living in our Witt-Style Peppermint shared house. We had the chance to talk to her about living in Asakusa and her experience in the house.

Witt-Style Peppermint

Phuong, what interested you to live in a shared house?

In the beginning, I was interested in trying a shared house because it’s cheaper than living alone. So I searched on the internet and found this house and thought it might be a bit pricey at first. But when I visited, it felt like such a good deal because it really is a great house.

 What is your favorite thing about living in Witt-Style Peppermint?

I like the facilities here and especially love the kitchen because I love cooking. I cook all the time and make food for my roommates sometimes. Also before I moved in, I talked with Tulip and really liked that I could start with one month and if I didn’t like it, I could stop. I’ve been living here for about four months now.

Balcony View and Peppermint Kitchen

How would you describe the surrounding area you live in? Do you have any favorite spots?

Recently, I started to go running and jogging in the area and it’s really nice! It’s quite crowded around because it’s Asakusa… Sensoji Temple and Skytree are here so there are many people. Even late at night, there are restaurants open and people around. I love that the supermarkets are still open too. While I run, I see some coffee shops that look really nice and especially love running by the riverside. It’s so beautiful and I can see the Skytree really clearly. I love that site.

Skytree View from the Entrance of the House

What are your favorite things to do in Tokyo?

 I love a lot of places!  I like Jiyugaoka because it’s really peaceful and beautiful there. The area has a university so I see a lot of young people and many clothing shops, coffee shops…it’s really nice.

 Has living in a shared space help or change you in any way? How so?

 When I used to live in Vietnam, I lived with my family so basically I could do whatever I want in the house. But here, for example, after I’m finished in the kitchen I have to keep the place clean – wash up and put things back in their places. I have to be quiet at night so I don’t disturb other people. At first I thought it was a bit hard but gradually got used to it.

 Is there anything cool in your space that has a special meaning to you?

 I keep many things in my room that I brought from my country or have bought here. I plan on displaying my friends’ gifts and postcards soon. I bought the Japanese lucky cat where the hand is up and I read somewhere that it means ‘‘welcome.’’ I actually got it nearby in Asakusa on the street in front of Sensoji Temple.

Japanese Lucky Cat & a Dragon from Vietnam

Have you had any challenges in the house that you were able to overcome or resolve?

 Actually no, haha. I’ve had no challenges here. Living here is pretty easy and everyone is really nice.

 Do you have any plans in the future while you are living in Japan?

 

In general, I want to focus on studying Japanese but I also want to spend time travelling in and around Tokyo, maybe Hakone or Nikko. Hopefully during my summer vacation!

Night Stroll in the Neighborhood

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about your experience in your shared house?

At first, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to live in a shared house but after living in one, I think it is actually better. It’s so comfortable, convenient, it has everything, and when I come home, it really feels like home. I feel welcome and the housemates are very nice so I think that it has been great for me.

Cheers from Campions, a Local Pub!

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Working Holiday in Japan: Where to Live?

If you’re planning a working holiday in Japan, accommodation will be high on your list of priorities.

For those on a yearlong visa, renting a normal apartment is usually a no-go. 2 year contracts are necessary and initial costs can go through the roof. Often they will ask for a hefty deposit, plus 2 months’ rent upfront, plus key money, management fees and they will probably ask for a Japanese guarantor. You’re also likely to be hit with the disheartening ‘no foreigners allowed’. For someone on a fun year abroad, this is stress you don’t need.

Hostels are traditionally the go-to accommodation of working holiday makers. Much cheaper than a hotel and easier to make friends. This is the best option if you’re only staying very short term to sight-see. Some even let you stay for free in exchange for cleaning duties or other work around the hostel.

But of course, a working holiday isn’t just about the ‘holiday’ part, for most people it’s also necessary to work. In order to get a job you’ll probably have to stick around one place for at least a few months. The idea of coming back to a rowdy hostel after a long day’s work is a bit unappealing.

These days, many people look to Airbnb, since you can search a range of properties and easily compare prices. Sometimes you can get whole apartments to yourself at a relatively cheap price. But since the site itself takes a chunk from the rent, it can hike the prices up.

But with apartments and hostels out of the mix, where can working holiday makers stay at a reasonable price?

The answer to that is international share houses. International residents are welcomed, as they can contribute to culture and language exchange within the house. Even if a private room is out of your budget, increasingly in big cities like Tokyo, room shares and dormitories are possible, meaning the prices are very reasonable. Unlike normal apartments, short term contracts from 1 month upwards, are very common. You can usually book from abroad, making them perfect for Working Holiday-ers.

In international share houses, you can make friends from all over the world and practice your Japanese in casual, daily life situations with your housemates. By living in this environment, you can learn more about Japanese life and culture than you would in a hostel. They are usually safer and cleaner than most cheap hostels. A share house also gives you a stable address to apply at the city hall for health insurance and make a bank account for your income.

A working holiday will probably form one of the best memories of your life and it’s bound to contain a few downs, as well as all the ups. This is what makes it such an adventure. But by snagging some stable accommodation, you can eliminate at least some of the uncertainty!

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How to Joshi-Kai: Girls’ Night Out in Japan!

If you’ve recently moved to Japan, then this calls for a celebration! Grab your new housemates, classmates or co-workers for a girls’ night out, traditional Japanese style!

Japanese traditional pubs are called izakaya (居酒屋). Bars are commonplace, but the unique charms of izakaya mean they remain just as popular as ever.

Groups are given a private booth separated from other tables by a wall or curtain, and unlike bars, you get full table service. You can also take advantage of a concept that probably wouldn’t work in some other countries; nomihoudai! (飲み放題) This means that for a set price and amount of time, you can drink as much as you want. Some even have ‘joshi kai’ (女子会) courses, giving girls a cheaper deal than guys. This may be on the assumption that girls will drink less. How wrong they are…

What to drink?

Usually the whole ‘cocktail’ section of the menu is written in katakana, so if you can read ‘sukuryuuduraibaa’ (スクリュードライバー) and work out that means screwdriver, you’re good to go. Spirit and mixers like vodka orange or rum and coke also come under this category.

Sake is used in Japan as a general term for alcohol so if you want rice wine, remember to ask for ‘nihonshu’ (日本酒) instead. Drinks ending in ‘-hai’ (for example lemon-hai), are made with ‘shochu’ (焼酎), a distilled liquor made from grain.

A favourite among ladies is ‘ume-shu’ (梅酒), a sweet plum wine. You can order it ‘rokku de’ (ロックでon ice) or as ‘soda wari’ (ソーダ割りtopped up with soda), depending on how strong you want it.

What to eat?

Some izakaya have an extensive menu, offering a wide range of food including pizza and french fries alongside the traditional dishes. Often there will be photographs so you can see what takes your fancy, even if you can’t read the words. If in doubt, izakaya staples include gyoza (餃子 dumplings), yakitori (焼き鳥 chicken-on-a-stick) and kara-age (唐揚げfried chicken). Izakaya dishes are small and affordable, like tapas you can buy many and share around the table.

Unless you have a dietary restriction, I recommend ordering randomly and seeing what deliciousness arrives!

Watch out!

Especially in more expensive cities like Tokyo, there can be a table charge. But if they are nice, the izakaya will give you a small, free appetizer (otoshi おとおし) to make up for it. It will only be a few hundred yen, but remember to take enough money with you, and take it into account when splitting the bill.

In order to stop confusion, many izakaya require everyone to choose the same nomihoudai course. This can be a pain when you have a friend who doesn’t drink alcohol, so discuss it before going. They also usually don’t let you pay separately so bring the right amount of change if you can!

Now go forth and joshi kai!

 

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Resident Interview: Tunisian cooking at Witt-Style Clover, Nerima

We know Sahar from last year while she was staying in Tokyo for 5 months and visited one of our shared houses. Unfortunately, Sahar couldn’t move in at that time due to limited availability. But when she came back to Tokyo this year, she contacted us again and finally moved in Witt-style Clover. When our staff visited her the house for the interview, Sahar welcomed us with her beautiful homemade Tunisian cooking!

Sahar preparing Tunisian Couscous with fried vegetables

Hi Sahar, what interested you in our shared house, and have you had any experience with this kind of share-living before Witt-style Clover?

Last year I stayed in Tokyo for work for five months, and my company arranged a room in a shared house near the office for me. There was no Japanese people in the house. Most of my housemates were men and it was hard to keep the house clean, if you know what I mean. I was desperately looking for an all-female shared house, and I really liked Cozy Village Jasmine when I saw it. It didn’t work out, but when I got another work contract in Tokyo this year, I decided right away to email Tulip.

 What is your favourite thing about living in Witt-style Clover?

I like that the house and the rooms are spacious, that common areas are always clean, and most importantly it’s all women. Most of my housemates are Japanese and though they are not fluent in English, they always try to explain things to me in English. I want to learn to speak Japanese with them too.

Surrounding areas of Witt-style Clover and Toshimaen theme park

How would you describe the surrounding area you live in? Do you have any favourite spots?

I first picked Witt-style Clover because my company was located in Nerima, but they recently moved to Roppongi. It’s quite a distance, but it’s still very easy to commute to work from here with Toei Oedo line. I can get there in 30 minutes. Though Nerima is a bit out of town, the trains are so well-connected. I like all the parks around here, especially the small Toshima-en theme park where you can see many kindergarten kids. It’s usually a quiet hood, but it’s also cozy and lively with all the children.

 What are your favourite things to do in Tokyo?

On weekdays I usually work until late and come straight home after work, but if I’m not tired during the weekend, I like taking the train to Shinjuku for shopping or just meeting up with my friends. I also like to hang out in the park, or attending Matsuri (festivals). Today, I’m going to a Matsuri in Kamakura with a friend. In summer, I particularly love watching fireworks and trekking. I have hiked Takao Mountain twice.

 Has living in a shared space helped or changed you in any way?

Before I came to Japan, I was always living with my family. At my parents’ house, I can leave dirty dishes in the sink until I have time to clean them later. But in Tulip’s shared house, I need to follow the rules and clean everything right away. I suppose I have become more mature and responsible. I have also learned how to better communicate with and interact with other people in the same house. Oh I learned how to separate the trash too! You guys are quite strict about it! In my hometown we don’t do this at all.

 Have you had any challenges in the house? And what did you do to overcome or resolve those problems?

On my first or second week someone used a hairdryer at 4 am and the noise woke me up. That morning I emailed your office to complain. Your staff said it was against the house rules, and warned my housemate about it. You guys have so many house rules, but they keep things in order. I feel very much at home here. Then there was this one time that I got accidentally locked out of my bedroom at night. My Japanese housemate who has a bicycle, kindly biked to your office to pick up a spare key for me!

Do you have any other plan in the future while you are in Tokyo?

My work visa here lasts for three years, and if things keep going well, I would really like to stay in Tokyo even longer! If I get a long holiday, I want to visit Hokkaido and Okinawa, and also Sendai, to experience the devastated areas. Last year, I went to Hiroshima and Kansai.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about your experience in your shared house?

For us Muslim women, we have the impression that it’s going to be hard living in Japan. We have many restrictions when it comes to eating and drinking, for example. But it’s actually not too bad. It’s not so hard to get by once you are used to things here. So I’d say “just come to Japan!”

Ice-cream at the IMAX theatre close to the house

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Tulip Welcomes a New Staff Member!

We would like to introduce a new member of staff to our residents!

Jessica is still getting used to the bustle of Tokyo after living in the middle of nowhere, Okinawa. (Seriously, the convenience store was a 40 minute walk away).

Originally from Liverpool in the UK, she has lived in Japan cumulatively for over a year and a half. She’s here to help our English-speaking residents (and soon-to-be residents) with any queries, worries or just general advice about living here.

If you see her around any of our share houses, feel free to say hi!

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Resident Interview: Living in Harajuku with Ms. K from Kagoshima

 

Witt-Style Jingu is conveniently located to one of the most loved spots in Tokyo. Because Ms. K loves Harajuku, she has enjoyed life in this shared house for a long time.

 Witt-Style Jingu Dining Room

 What interested you to live in a shared house?

 Harajuku and Meiji-jingu are places that I really love, so I didn’t want to be too far away from there! As for living in a shared house, it is very helpful and for me, it just works out perfectly. But while I was looking for a place to live, it didn’t come easily until I found this one. I thought… “What should I do?” and found the Tulip website and was able to make an appointment to visit the house.

 What is your favorite thing about living in Witt-Style Jingu?

 The living room is very comfortable and spacious, it always feel cozy. The kitchen and living room have a counter in between, so you can pretend like it is an izakaya! This house has a lot of useful and comfy shared spaces for the residents so I think it doesn’t get any better than this. I have visited some other shared houses before I chose to live here and I’m very glad I did.

Jingu dinner parties look like fun!

How would you describe the surrounding area you live in? Do you have any favorite spots?

It is very easy to go to my favorite places, Harajuku and Meiji Shrine from here, also to areas that I go to often such as Shinjuku and Roppongi. I can bike easily to Shibuya too. It’s perfect! You can easily go to Shimokitazawa and finish all of your errands from morning to noon. I definitely take advantage of all of the supermarkets near the house.

  Ms. K’s favorite Yoyogi cafe

 What do you enjoy doing on your free time?

 There is a sports gym in Yoyogi that I sometimes go to and I also go to Yoyogi Park. Since dance-related events are usually at night, after work I’ll go to the events by bike. Sometimes the events will be until dawn!

 How do you like living in a shared space with others?

 There are sometimes people simply hanging out in the living room and I learn a lot from them. For that, I am very grateful. I’m not very good at using the computer and the people here will help me out. There is also a professional chef living in the house and she teaches me about cooking. Even when she makes a simple miso soup, I think it is really cool. Your private space is reserved for you, so when you leave your room and can be around others, it is great. Most people in this house have said that they really love that and hopes it doesn’t stop.

We leave it up to Ms. K to guide us around

 Has living in a shared space help or change you in any way? How so?

 I wonder if my sense of values have changed…I think I might now think that values and common sense are connected. Until now, I taught dance to many children and because I teach, I can see that people have various perspectives and angles. I also have a different points of view too and I think now have a better understanding that everyone has their own ways and perspectives.

 Have you had any challenges in the house that you were able to overcome or resolve?

 Not in particular. We have some basic rules in the house and some people may feel that they are troublesome, but everyone becomes more reasonable because of them and it makes living easier. By taking care of the rules, then less time is wasted and there is more time to create your own free time.

Yoyogi Park is Ms. K’s favorite dance spot

 Do you have any other plans in the future while you are in Tokyo?

 I came to Tokyo in 2001 for dance-related work, attending events, and have been able to meet many people because of it. I decided to make it a limit when 2018 comes around.

 Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about your experience in your shared house?

 You can meet many different people, you can learn about various things, and there are many opportunities that can be had!

 

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