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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resident Interview: Happy House Kamikitazawa with Edith from New York

Meet Edith, a resident in our Happy House Kamikitazawa shared house. We chatted with her at a lovely park nearby about how she is liking the shared house life.

Happy House Kamikitazawa

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

Well, I was looking to get an apartment in Tokyo and it was such a pain! You need to have key money, a guarantor, getting gas and electricity set up, etc. and it was just too much work. I was looking at share houses and all that stuff is done for you! You pay one monthly rent, the internet is taken care of, it’s just so great.

 What is your favorite thing about living in Happy House Kamikitazawa?

I like that it’s actually really quiet.  I come home from work and it’s just nice and quiet! Everybody is very peaceful here, there aren’t a lot of loud things going on in the neighborhood or in the house itself, so it’s a really great place to unwind after a long work day. Also, people are really conscientious in this house and everyone is good about sharing our space together, I never feel like we’re ever in each other’s way.

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

The bagel shop near the train station is definitely my go-to! This area is just incredibly beautiful, there’s a park backing right onto the house so you can go immediately into the park. The river nearby is good if you like to exercise, I jog there at night and never feel unsafe. It’s just a gorgeous area especially during cherry blossom season, actually it’s been beautiful every season of the year – even winter. The people are also nice in the neighborhood, they say hello when I walk out and things like that. There’s a real community feeling.

Edith’s favorite spot in the neighborhood

 What are your favorite things to do in Tokyo?

 I’m kind of a shopping addict so I practically live in Shibuya for shopping. The sizes are good if you are a more of a western-size body and there are a lot of chains like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara. Recently, I’ve been really into picnics! The weather is nice so every weekend I’m at Yoyogi Park with a bunch of friends having a picnic.

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

 Well, I did go to college and went through the whole dorm thing and it’s so much better than dorms! I think it takes away from my daily stress; I don’t have to worry about bills or worry about my home because I know somebody will always be there. There are other people around in the house so it’s a comfortable feeling.

           A walk in the park

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

Not particularly. I’ve been really happy here since the beginning and haven’t had any problems since then. Sometimes I’ll get annoyed over little things like if someone leaves their clothes in the dryer, but usually it’s so fast and someone will come and take it out right away and then it’s all good!

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

 I’m actually looking forward to the Olympics and hoping that there will be some cool opportunities for English speakers around that time. They always need volunteers during Olympics time so I’d like to help organize things or even teach people to be more prepared so they can deal with an onslaught of foreigners. Also, if I can get involved in the games in any way I’d be totally into it.

New Yorker-approved bagels

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

 My friends have asked me, “Isn’t it inconvenient sharing with other people?” and I find that that’s not the case. It’s actually a really good experience in terms of having a community there but you still have your privacy. There are so many advantages too like having a big kitchen, huge shower, having a house that is actually a house and not one, tiny box. That’s the great thing about shared houses, it’s a house and not a tiny space, so I think people who are interested in shared houses should think about that.

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