My new living room, as seen from the kitchen. If you go through the door at center and close it behind you, to your left you will see a small utility closet with a brand-spanking-new washing machine in it (but no dryer, because Japan doesn't really go for those). Proceeding clockwise, you see a HUGE sink with a big mirror and enough space for two guys to store all their shaving and toothbrushage paraphernalia. The sink has a faucet on a hose that pulls out so you can wash your hair in there if need be, and also lights and a heating element to defog it. Continuing to the right, you will see through some frosted-glass phone-booth doors a very nice large bath area, with a big tub (with a cover to keep the hot water hot for a while) and the rest of the room is just a big shower area. Those of you with anime or manga experience will have seen this a zillion times.
Finally, on the right-hand side, directly across from the washing machine, there is the toilet, which, in true Japanese fashion, has its own separate room. Both the bath and toilet have their own light fixtures and exhaust fans, and each has a window that opens up to vent to outside atmosphere to prevent mildew and so forth. Brand new hot water heater as well, so we're set for that.
The glass doors to the left in the picture lead into the two bedrooms, but here is where it gets kinda funky.
See, for some reason, the Japanese haven't quite worked out that some people want private access to their own bedroom, so ordinarily Ryan would have to go through my room to get to his. Not acceptable by either party, so the landlord went and bought two of those stand-up wardrobe closet things and rigged them with a curtain to provide a little hallway so that Ryan can go through the right side of the doors and get into his room (a very nice six-tatami Japanese-style room), and I can go through the left side of the doors and get into my room, seen here. I lose a little floor space, true, but now I have closets, which I didn't have before, and the room is still bigger than my dorm. I have my own AC/heater unit in my room and Ryan has one in his, and we both have access to the balcony.
My own kitchen, with a brand new cooker. The little thing in the center of it is a sort of mini-broiler unit for fish. I will be taking that out for a spin sometime soon. The microwave is also fresh off the truck. I said to the landlord, "I guess all I need to buy now is a toaster oven," and he said, "Oh, no, this makes toast as well." This thing is pretty smart: you can just put a bento or a plate of food or whatever in there and press the big red button, and the sensors do all the work for you. If you want toast, you remove the turntable plate, put your bread in, and press the "トスト" button, and hey presto: tosuto. I mean toast. Just to the left and unseen is the three-quarters-size fridge/freezer. New? Oh mais oui. This landlord bought me more appliances than my first two sets of in-laws did. The fridge is in a little alcove that will be perfect for putting in some wire-rack shelving big enough to put that microwave on, so we can free up some kitchen table space. All in all, not a bad little apartment. I like it. I'll try and post up some other photos of the neighborhood later. For now, I'm still living in the dorms, but on Friday after class I might come back to the dorm, pack up some more stuff, and head over there, as it's a three-day weekend. My train pass is still good until December 1st or 2nd, and it only works between Hiyoshi and Azabu-juban.