The Bedroom

Continuing on the tour of our new place, here is the bedroom.


I will spare you the “this is where the magic happens” spiel and just let you know that this room really isn’t finished at all. I want to get nicer bedding for the room and buy some art for the walls.

So you may be thinking that this room is pretty small for a master bedroom and you’re right. The room is 2.8 meters by 3.4 meters (9 feet by 11 feet), but I think this is the average size for a master bedroom or at least a bedroom in a home in Japan. I don’t think Japan really has master bedrooms, that is, a very large bedroom with a bathroom connected to it.

We have a queen size bed which is not a common thing in Japan and having it has been an ordeal. In our first apartment, our movers could barely haul it up the stairs because our ceiling was so low. It also took up the entire room of our first apartment, but hey, it was great having a big bed to sleep on so we dealt with it.  When we moved we had to make sure the mattress fit in the elevator or the movers wouldn’t have been able to move it. Thankfully our condo has an unusually long elevator and it just barely fit in the elevator.

You can see that it takes up quite a bit of space in this room as well, but since we only really sleep in this room it’s fine. We bought the nightstands for Ikea and I love them.We also have my dresser in the room, and our closet which is tiny. Masa has a mini dresser in the closet as he has less clothes than I do.


My dresser


Our closet

I cannot wait to fully decorate this room and make it more fabulous!

Our Fancy Toilet

I’m sure most people have heard about the amazingness that is a Japanese toilet. Let me let you, it’s all true.


Fancy Japanese toilets, often referred to as Washlet toilets,  are pretty great. They have seat warmers, nozzles that spray warm water at your bottom, a bidet function, and a power deoderizer. Some Japanese toilets even play music for you while you go. Seriously, I cannot hear the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” without thinking of the toilets at my university, Kansai Gaidai, as that was the song that the toilets played while you used them.

The toilet in our home is a typical Japanese toilet. It has all the buttons I mentioned previously and a faucet at the top that spouts out water when you flush the toilet so you can wash your hands.

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My first apartment that Masa and I lived in had a fancy Washlet toilet with a faucet. I suggested we put a bottle of soap on the basin and Masa let me know that we couldn’t do that as it would ruin the toilet’s plumbing. This confirmed one of the suspicions that I had been having for a long time. When it comes to using soap and water after the bathroom, some Japanese people consider it  unnecessary.

In most Japanese homes, the toilet has its own room. Smaller apartments, however, will have the toilet, tub, and sink all in one room.  We have a basket of books in ours and decorated the wall with a cherry blossom wall decal from Ikea.

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Have you ever experienced a washlet toilet? If you do, make sure the first button you identify is the “stop” button or you could make a nice little fountain in your toilet.