Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We found a house. After weeks of comparing, discussing, discarding, vanished wish lists and keeping an eye on the yen-euro rate, we found a place that answered to our endless demands. So what were our demands? A good location of the house, a large (enough) room, a Japanese decoration with tatami, and lots of storage. Preferably at a good price.
Last year we had a room in a guest house in Maruyama-cho, located in Shibuya. Maruyama-cho was an experience in itself. It’s at the center of the center of Tokyo’s central “omg-this-is-where-it’s-all-happening!”-hotspot. This year we were looking for something different. A little less of the craziness of Shibuya, and more of a quiet, urban Tokyo neighbourhood. Because we want to cut our transportation costs by buying a bicycle the location can not be too far away from the city center. Cycling might be part of Dutch cultural heritage but we are not looking forward to cycle for hours each day. So we found a house in Sugamo, "well known for Jizō-dōri, a popular shopping street for the older generation (the area is known as the "Harajuku of the old ladies")". And it is located only four kilometers from our school and six from the dojo.