Tulip’s Japanese to English Share House Cheat Sheet – You’re Welcome!

Are you new to Japan and trying to settle into your new share house or apartment? Or have you been living in Japan for years and still haven’t cracked the code of Kanji? You’re in luck because we have made a Share House Cheat Sheet Series for your electronic appliances so go ahead and finally give Google Translate a rest!

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Tulip Real Estate is a female-run share house company located in Tokyo that aims to support women who want to enjoy the city life, maintain their careers, or start up their own business ventures all while saving up their finances. When living in a share house, not only can you practice your language skills and meet new people, but you can also save a ton of yen by not having to buy your own home appliances. Tulip Real Estate share houses provide furnished living rooms, kitchens, dish ware, cookware, utensils, and electronic appliances.

Being able to use all of these appliances freely at your fingertips is amazing, but if you can’t read the language,  be prepared to run into some issues. Luckily we have got your back, enjoy these cheat sheets and let’s memorize them once and for all!

Air conditioner/Heater remote controller translation from kanji so you can finally know right away not to turn on the heater on a sweltering summer day in Japan.

Next up is our kanji cheat sheet for the washing machine and drying machine. Say goodbye to the days of pressing that one, standard button for all types of clothing or accidentally pressing the wrong button with no return. Wash your delicates with the love and care that they deserve!

  

Most Japanese kitchens do not have a large, industrial oven like many households might have in the west. Instead, 2-in-1 microwave ovens are quite standard in order to save space.

Another common appliance in most homes in Japan are IH stoves opposed to the gas stove. Take note that some power buttons require you to hold for about 2 seconds!

The most-loved toilet around the world, Japanese electronic bidet toilets. These bidets can be found not only in homes but are pretty common in many establishments all around Japan. There are also two flush settings you may find on the handle with 小 (small) and 大 (large) in order to save water. Eco-friendly and luxurious!

Who knew that there were so many ways to cook rice! Check out the rice cooker kanji guide so you can cook rice properly, it is after all a staple in every Japanese meal.

There you have it, hopefully you are one step closer on your journey to mastering kanji!

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Resident Interview: Vitamin Color in Nakano

Resident Interview: Klaudia from Poland

 

We met up with Klaudia, a resident in our Happy House Vitamin Color shared house. We strolled through the park with her and ask about her experience in the house.

Happy House Vitamin Color

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

 

As a foreigner, looking for a place to live in Japan is pretty difficult. It was a much easier method than an apartment and I really liked that Tulip’s shared houses are for women only, so I don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable.

 

What is your favorite thing about living in Happy House Vitamin Color?

 

I work and am a student so I actually don’t spend too much time in the flat. But I love to cook so I use the kitchen often and also love to relax in my room. I have a balcony in my room so I can even sit out there!

 

Admiring the rainy season’s hydrangeas

 

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

I think Nakano is great because it is a bit of a student’s area.  Other areas like the main Shinjuku area or Shibuya are very loud and are like party places. I’m a student so for me, it’s better to live in this area because it is so much more quiet. It’s so nice because there are a lot of parks, temples, and shrines around here.

 

Taking a stroll at the nearby park

 

What are your favorite things to do in Tokyo?

I am busy working usually, haha! But I love travelling outside of the Tokyo area like to Kamakura or Yokohama because of the port. At night, it really looks like a movie with all of the beautiful lights. I like the Chinatown in Yokohama too.

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

I love cooking at night and early in the morning, but I think about others more like, “Oh, people are asleep right now. I can’t be noisy!” In Poland, we make a lot of food that will last us for a couple of days. But because there is not so much space in Japan, I get to cook more and am more aware about space now.

Klaudia’s favorite jogging route

 

 

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

I don’t have any problems with the house or the people living here. I’m so relaxed so if someone is making a little bit noise, it doesn’t bother me. I’ve heard some people singing in the house sometimes and I think it’s really funny!

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

I would firstly like to finish my Japanese studies and would like to have some time to travel more in Japan. Since I love to bake pastries and cakes, it would be great if I can open my own business here one day and run a bakery.

  

             

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

 

If you have never lived in a shared house before, it might take a bit to get used to at first. It’s important to remember that you are in Japan, so the size of the spaces are different if you come from a western culture. It is a good and unique thing to experience here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Post: Living in a sharehouse (written in Arabic)

 

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You may remember our lovely resident Sahar from her interview. At that time, she touched on the problems facing Muslim women living in Japan when finding accommodation. We invited her to give us the full story in a guest blog! She has blogged in Arabic to share her experience and advice with other Arabic speakers who may have similar trouble.

انا اسمي سحر فتاة قادمة من تونس ، أعمل مهندسة باليابان. أول مرة جئت فيها إلى اليابان سنة 2015 وذلك للقيام بتربص يتعلق بختم الدراسة الجامعية.

لم أكن أعرف شيئا عن هذا البلد العظيم ولأني أنحدر من بلد صغير يقع لشمال افريقيا فإن كل ما رأيته كان جديدا بالنسبة إلي وغريبا في نفس الوقت إذ أني لأول مرة في حياتي أزور آسيا وخاصة هذا البلد المتقدم.

وقد قامت الشركة التي احتضنتني للقيام بالتربص لديها بكراء غرفة لي بمبنى مختلط (إناث وذكور) لعدم معرفتهم بثقافتنا وتربيتنا وعاداتنا وتقاليدنا فكانت صدمة بالنسبة لي كيف لي أن أعيش في دار مختلطة مع أناس لا أعرفهم ولم أرهم في حياتي قط. وقد كانت تجربة مخيفة خاصة من ناحية النظافة لذلك بدأت أبحث عن منزل آخر . وأخيرا التجأت إلى google  وwebsite « tokyoshared house » أين وجدت ضالتي .

« tulip »هي دار مخصصة للبنات  فقط  سعدت كثيرا عند رؤيتها وبما أنني مسلمة أحسست بارتياح للعيش فيها بأمان سواء من ناحية النظافة أو من ناحية عدم الاختلاط.

وسارعت بمكالمة القائمين عليها الذين أجابوني في الحين ورحبّوا بي بكل تلقائية وها أنا قد انتقلت للعيش في تلك الدار والحمد لله.

وكما تعرفون فالبنات يتميّزن عن الذكور بالشعور بالمسؤولية والنظافة والاحترام والسلوك الطيب ومنذ أن انتقلت لم أتعرض إلى أي مشاكل .

ومما أسعدني أيضا وجود هذا المبنى بالقرب من محطة (Oedo line) التي تعتبر استرتيجية من حيث انطلاق سفراتها إلى عدة أماكن معروفة ومهمّة في طوكيو في وقت قصير للغاية:

Shinjuku –  (17 دقيقة)

Roppongi –  (35 دقيقة)

وقطار  Fukotoshin يوصلني إلى Shibuya  في 20 دقيقة

و قطار Seibu ikebukuro line  يوصلني إلى ikebukuro

حقا لم أتخيّل يوما أني سأفوز بدار مخصصة للبنات فقط في بلاد كاليابان حيث يطيب العيش فيها فكل شيء متوفر وسهل الحصول عليه بدون مشاكل أو تعقيدات.

وفي الختام ، أنصح كل فتاة مسلمة اللجوء إلى هذه الدار للسكن فيها متمتعة براحة البال والسكينة والنظافة إلى جانب موقعها الممتاز والاستراتيجي الذي يساعدها في تنقلاتها.

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Newly Opening!!! – Witt-style Roppongi Share House

Located only a 10 minute walk from Roppongi station, but nestled in the leafy suburbs you won’t even realise that you’re just a stone’s throw from one of Tokyo’s party capitals. Roppongi is also known for its high-end shopping malls with beautiful surrounding areas, such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. Tokyo Midtown especially runs many free events such as illuminations and park yoga, it’s impossible to be bored in this exciting part of town.

The house’s location is incredibly convenient; only 5 minutes from Roppongi Itchome station serviced by the Namboku line and 10 minutes from Roppongi station for the Oedo and Hibiya lines. A 24 hour convenience store is less than a minute away, just around the corner.

Newly renovated, the house’s furnishings are all brand new. The kitchen has patio doors leading out to the balcony giving the room heaps of sunlight. The palette has been kept neutral giving a fresh feeling to this shared living space. There is free wifi in all areas.

The deposit for any room in the house is 30,000 yen. No hidden fees at all!

Private rooms:

All private rooms come with a TV socket and are decorated individually.

Room 1 (1F) – RESERVED

Room 2 (1F) – 79,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 3 (2F) – 76,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 4 (2F) – 79,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 5 (2F) – 77,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Room 6 (2F) – 75,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Room 7 (2F) – 74,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Dormitories:

These dormitories are actually semi-private rooms with curtains instead of doors. In the house’s peaceful atmosphere you shouldn’t be disturbed by your neighbour at all and the curtain provides complete privacy. There is an indoor drying room just for use by dormitory residents so you can hang up your washing rain or shine.

Dormitory 1 (1F) – RESERVED

Dormitory 2 (1F) – RESERVED

Dormitory 3 (1F) – 48,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Dormitory 4 (1F) – RESERVED

Indoor drying room

Only the entrance is curtained making the space very private.

The house’s maximum capacity is 11 people. Shared facilities are:

1 shower

1 bath

2 toilets

2 sinks

1 kitchen/living area

2 washing machines (free) and 1 clothes dryer (coin operated)

Now open for viewings so make an inquiry now! Moving in will be possible later this month!

Tulip Real Estate:

Phone: 03-6914-7366
Fax: 03-6914-7376
Email: contact@tulip-e.com
Website (inquiries can be sent straight from here)
Facebook (Go ahead and message us!)

Tokyo on a Budget: Dormitory Life in a Tulip Share House

When you think of dormitories what do you imagine? Metal frame bunkbeds in a questionable, overcrowded hostel? Loud travellers coming back at all hours? No privacy? No storage space? Unsafe?

Tulip Real Estate provides dormitories that ensure privacy, your own storage space, safety and cleanliness. Rather than a traditional dormitory, they are like your own compact room. Some even contain your own fridge and air conditioner. They are usually separated from the common area with a blackout curtain, but some actually have a normal door that you can lock.

You can retain the sense of community associated with living in a dormitory and make friends easily, without having to lose any privacy. It is perfectly possible to live comfortably in them for months or even years as many of our residents are currently doing!

But the best part of Tulip’s dormitories is the rent cost! Moving to Tokyo usually means living on a budget. By living in a Tulip dormitory you can stay in the heart of Tokyo without breaking the bank. Our cheapest start at just 37,000 yen per month and the most expensive is 52,000 yen. (This includes all utility costs and free WiFi!)

Here are some examples of houses with dormitories:

Witt-style Jingu

How much would you pay to live a 5 minute walk from the famous Yoyogi Park? Believe it or not, you can live in this upmarket area for under 50,000 yen per month including all bills. Witt-style Jingu’s dormitories are like your own compact room. Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku are all accessible by walking or cycling and the house has free bicycle parking!

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Dormitories in Witt-style Jingu include:

✓Fridge
✓Table
✓Clothes rail
✓Air conditioner (shared or your own depending on room)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Door with lock/blackout curtain
✓Safety box (only rooms with curtain)

(Monthly inclusive rent: 48,900 – 51,900 yen)

 

Witt-style Peppermint

Live in beautiful, traditional Asakusa for as little as 43,000 yen per month. The house is perfectly located, far away enough from the tourists to be peaceful but still only a stone’s throw away from the bustling Senso-ji temple. Ueno is just a 20 minute walk away! These are the biggest dormitories of any of our houses and are stylishly decorated.

Dormitories in Witt-style Peppermint include:

✓Fridge
✓Table
✓Air conditioner (shared)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Safety box
✓Blackout curtain over entrance ensuring full privacy

(Monthly inclusive rent: 43,000 – 48,000 yen)

 

Happy House Vitamin Color

This super affordable house is located just a 15 minute walk away from the Japanese pop culture haven, Nakano Broadway. A direct train from the nearest station gets you to Shinjuku in 15 minutes, meaning great access for women who work or study in that area. The dormitories in this house are inspired by Japanese capsule hotels; private sleeping spaces are in a row with one on top of the other. Although the space is small, it still comes with a table and some bedside storage. But don’t worry, there is extra storage designated for tenants outside of the sleeping space as well! A great, cheaper alternative to hostels, these dormitories can even be booked through our Airbnb page for 2 week stays and above!

Dormitories in Happy House Vitamin Color include:

✓Air conditioner (shared)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Table
✓Small bedside storage
✓Large clothes rack and storage space
✓Safety box

(Monthly inclusive rent: 37,000 – 40,000 yen)

If you are interested in any of these houses an inquiry can be sent straight from our website! You can also browse for more options, including private rooms.

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Resident Interview: Happy House Kagurazaka with Vijaya from New York

 

Vijaya started living in one of Tulip’s shared houses in July 2015, when she first moved to Tokyo from New York. She stayed in Happy House Herb for a few months and then moved to Chilli Pepper and Cream shortly after its opening. Today we got a chance to chat with her at Kagurazaka Saryo, a well-known green tea and dessert cafe near Chilli Pepper and Cream.

 First question, Vijaya, what interested you in our share house in the beginning?

I came to Tokyo with an English-teaching program but they didn’t provide an accommodation in Tokyo. Then I started looking things up on my own and went to see a few apartments with regular housing agencies, but they were all too pricey. I wound up meeting Norie-san [Tulip’s founder] at Happy House Herb. The price was really good and I could just move in without any hassle. No need to set up the electricity, the internet and so on. We arrived in July and a lot of my friends didn’t have internet in their apartments until December. Settling down in a share house was much easier.

 So you have lived in Happy House Herb and you are now living in Chilli Pepper and Cream. What do you particularly like about these houses and how would you compare them?

I like the people a lot. I made a lot of friends in both houses. I like that Happy House Herb resembles what I thought a Japanese house would look like, but the thing that made me want to move out was that the room was a little small. I would always be in the common area. Even though I like the people I was living with, sometimes after a long day of work I just wanted to read and rest in my own room. What I really like about Chilli Pepper and Cream is that there is always this friendly environment, but I can also just crash in my room when I’m tired. The rooms are big enough for an American like me to feel comfortable. I also like that there is a tumble dryer and an oven in the common area. The location is probably one of the things I like most too. The neighborhood of Happy House Herb was a little quieter. I really like that, but actually, my current neighborhood is more suited to me.

 How so? How would you describe the surrounding area you live in?

Kagurazaka reminds me a lot of my home in New York. Very metropolitan. It’s very cultural, but also very, very modern. I guess it’s more foreigner-friendly. The nicest thing is that you have all those small local Japanese shops, but at the same time I can just go to Starbucks and Burger King if I miss America. And it’s really close to Roppongi where I work. I can get up at 7:30 and still arrive to work at 8:00. The house is right across the station.

 Do you have any favorite spots in Kagurazaka?

The Canal Cafe is probably my favorite. When I first moved here, I saw people paddling the boat up and down the canal. Then I found out that we can get a paddle boat at the restaurant. It’s a bit expensive but it’s worth it. I like the variety of the supermarkets we have here too. There is one with really nice salad and imported goods. I also found a really nice whisky bar when I was taking a walk on one of the small streets.

 What are your favorite things to do in Tokyo?

Karaoke. It thought I was gonna hate it, but when I first went with my friends here, I ended up loving it. I also love going to the park. There are a lot of really nice parks around here, especially Shinjuku Gyoen. Though you usually have to pay to get in, they have some free days that I always try to go to. I also like walking by Yasukuni Shrine. Sometimes there is a flea market there.

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

Back in New York I always used to share a bedroom with my sister, but I guess the way you interact with strangers is a little different. When you talk to them, you make more effort to get to know them. One day I was talking to this Japanese girl next to my room in the kitchen. Then I found out that she actually went to a law school in New York. And that’s what I’ve been wanting to do, so we could connect from there.

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

In my share house, we don’t really run into each other in an unpleasant way. There are only 8 people for three toilets and two showers. There has never been any time where I have to wait for a toilet, and there isn’t a line for the shower either. Tulip has a cleaning staff that cleans the common space every week, so I don’t have to clean after other people.

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

I’ll be here for one more year, at least. When I came here, I initially thought I would stay for one year, but then I got to liking it. When they wanted prolong my contract, I was like “definitely.” My plan in Tokyo is to keep learning Japanese. Ideally, I’m thinking of going to a law school here if I could. But it would take me a couple more years to master the language. I will see how things go.

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

As a foreigner, I would highly recommend it. Share house is probably the best option if you don’t know how long you are gonna stay. My program is bringing in a lot of English teachers, and I’ve been telling people to take a look at a share houses. When you first move in at a regular apartment, you have to pay like 4 or 5 times rent up front. Then you need to buy electrical appliances and all other things. People only stay for one year end up being in debt because they had to pay so much in the beginning. With me, I’ve been able to spend my salary on exploring Japan and traveling around Asia.