Despite radiation leaks and the occasional aftershock, life is moving on steadily. Today I signed the lease on my new apartment. It's a thing of beauty. I love it already, and I haven't even finished moving in yet.
The entryway is an actual hallway, and not a hallway / kitchen/ bathroom/ washroom as it is in my current place. The cabinet on the side is for shoe storage. I'm actually standing in the genkan, a lowered area built for taking off shoes.
The main living/ dining room is larger than my whole current apartment.
The bedroom is of decent size, and has a tatami floor. Tatami is one of the quintessentially Japanese things that I've only ever slept on in traditional inns and the odd temple, so that is pretty exciting. Though we will see how I feel about it in a few months.
I also have a kitchen. Its a small kitchen, but its a KITCHEN, with actual storage and gas burners. I must say, I'm quite excited for this new place, after a total of 3 years of living is cramped, expensive, transitory housing it will be nice to live in a real apartment.