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Japanisches Badezimmer

By | Life in Japan, Life Style, Property, Real Estate

(Autor: Masahiro Fukai)

Ich möchte hier das Problem der Badezimmer in japanischen Eigentumswohnungen erklären.

Japaner lieben das Baden, deshalb geben sie heißes Wasser in die Badewanne und tränken ihren Körper für eine lange Zeit, beispielsweise 30 Minuten, um ein Bad zu nehmen. Ausländer benutzen nur die Dusche und die Zeit, in der sie duschen, beträgt nur etwa 10 Minuten.

Trotzdem hat das japanische Gehäuse ein Badezimmer, eine Toilette und ein Ankleidezimmer. Japaner haben jedoch keine Probleme mit diesem Grundriss. Der Grund dafür ist, dass Bad, Toilette und Ankleidezimmer unabhängig voneinander sind und die Privatsphäre angemessen geschützt ist. Japanische Häuser sind etwa 20 m2 groß, und Ein-Personen-Studio-Apartments sind Einheitsbäder, aber Häuser, in denen zwei oder mehr Personen leben, sind keine Einheitsbäder.

Sehr selten haben japanische Häuser zwei Toiletten. Es gibt nur einen Grund. Der Grund ist, wenn das Haus groß und weit weg ist. Bei einem zweistöckigen Gebäude gibt es zwei Toiletten, da die Leute die Treppe hoch und runter gehen müssen, um zu den Toiletten im zweiten bis ersten Stock zu gelangen. Wenn Sie eine Wohnanlage mit 160 m2 oder mehr haben oder wenn der Grundriss lang und schmal ist und der Abstand von einem Ende zum anderen sehr groß ist, wird ein Grundriss mit zwei Toiletten entworfen.

Ich habe in einem Studentenwohnheim in Boston, USA, gelebt. Wir waren drei Leute und lebten zusammen. Es gab nur ein Badezimmer. Zu dieser Zeit fühlte ich mich schrecklich unwohl. Ich habe noch nie eine solche Unannehmlichkeit in einer japanischen Wohnanlage gespürt. Am Morgen, während jemand etwa 10 Minuten lang duscht, sind die Toilette und das Zähneputzen sehr unpraktisch. Die Privatsphäre der amerikanischen Badezimmer ist nicht geschützt. Für Eigentumswohnungen in den USA benötigen Sie mindestens zwei Badezimmer. Dies liegt daran, dass das Badezimmer in den USA das gleiche ist wie das Badezimmer in einem Studio-Apartment für eine Person in Japan.

Ausländer, die noch nie in einer japanischen Wohnanlage gelebt haben, können sich das nur schwer vorstellen.

Auch Ausländer haben je nach Land unterschiedliche Lebensstile. Amerikaner, Chinesen und Thailänder haben unterschiedliche Lebensstile. Ich arbeite seit über 20 Jahren in der Unterbringung von Ausländern, habe aber immer noch kein 100% iges Verständnis für den Lebensstil von Ausländern.

Es gibt zwei mögliche Probleme.
(1) Ausländer können das japanische Wohndesign nicht verstehen und sich vorstellen.
(2) Ich kann den Lebensstil von Ausländern nicht verstehen und mir vorstellen.

Was ich ohne Zweifel sagen kann, ist, dass die Bodengestaltung japanischer Eigentumswohnungen (ein Badezimmer, eine Toilette, ein Waschtisch) für alle Japaner vollkommen in Ordnung ist, egal wie einkommensstark sie sind.

ห้องน้ำญี่ปุ่น

By | Life in Japan, Life Style, Property, Real Estate

(ผู้แต่ง: Masahiro Fukai)

ฉันอยากจะอธิบายปัญหาของห้องน้ำในอาคารชุดพักอาศัยของญี่ปุ่นที่นี่

คนญี่ปุ่นชอบอาบน้ำจึงใส่น้ำร้อนลงในอ่างอาบน้ำและแช่ตัวเป็นเวลานานเช่น 30 นาทีเพื่ออาบน้ำ ชาวต่างชาติใช้เฉพาะฝักบัวและเวลาที่พวกเขาอาบน้ำเพียง 10 นาที

อย่างไรก็ตามบ้านสไตล์ญี่ปุ่นมีห้องน้ำ 1 ห้องห้องสุขา 1 ห้องและห้องแต่งตัว 1 ห้อง อย่างไรก็ตามคนญี่ปุ่นไม่มีปัญหากับแผนผังชั้นนี้ เหตุผลก็คือห้องน้ำห้องสุขาและห้องแต่งตัวแยกจากกันและได้รับการคุ้มครองความเป็นส่วนตัวอย่างเหมาะสม บ้านญี่ปุ่นมีพื้นที่ประมาณ 20 ตร.ม. และสตูดิโออพาร์ทเมนท์สำหรับ 1 คนเป็นห้องอาบน้ำ แต่บ้านที่มีคนสองคนขึ้นไปอาศัยอยู่ไม่ใช่ห้องอาบน้ำ

บ้านญี่ปุ่นมีห้องสุขาสองห้องน้อยมาก มีเพียงเหตุผลเดียว เหตุเกิดเมื่อบ้านใหญ่และไกล ในกรณีที่เป็นอาคารสองชั้นมีห้องสุขา 2 ห้องเนื่องจากผู้คนต้องขึ้นลงบันไดเพื่อไปห้องสุขาชั้น 2 ถึงชั้นหนึ่ง นอกจากนี้หากคุณมีอาคารชุดพักอาศัยขนาด 160 ตร.ม. ขึ้นไปหรือหากแผนผังชั้นยาวและแคบและระยะทางจากปลายด้านหนึ่งไปอีกด้านหนึ่งยาวมากจะมีการออกแบบแผนผังที่มีห้องสุขา 2 ห้อง

ฉันอาศัยอยู่ในหอพักของวิทยาลัยในบอสตันสหรัฐอเมริกา เราสามคนและอยู่ด้วยกัน มีห้องน้ำเพียงห้องเดียว ในเวลานี้ฉันรู้สึกไม่สะดวกอย่างมาก ฉันไม่เคยรู้สึกถึงความไม่สะดวกเช่นนี้ในคอนโดมิเนียมที่อยู่อาศัยของญี่ปุ่น ในตอนเช้าขณะที่ใครบางคนกำลังอาบน้ำประมาณ 10 นาทีการเข้าห้องน้ำและการแปรงฟันจะไม่สะดวกมาก ความเป็นส่วนตัวของห้องน้ำอเมริกันไม่ได้รับการคุ้มครอง สำหรับอาคารชุดพักอาศัยในสหรัฐอเมริกาคุณต้องมีห้องน้ำอย่างน้อยสองห้อง เนื่องจากห้องน้ำในสหรัฐอเมริกาเป็นแบบเดียวกับห้องน้ำในสตูดิโออพาร์ตเมนต์สำหรับหนึ่งคนในญี่ปุ่น

ชาวต่างชาติที่ไม่เคยอาศัยอยู่ในอาคารชุดพักอาศัยของญี่ปุ่นอาจคิดว่ามันยากที่จะจินตนาการถึงสิ่งนี้

อีกทั้งชาวต่างชาติก็มีไลฟ์สไตล์ที่แตกต่างกันไปตามแต่ละประเทศ คนอเมริกันจีนและคนไทยมีไลฟ์สไตล์ที่แตกต่างกัน ฉันทำงานด้านที่อยู่อาศัยสำหรับชาวต่างชาติมานานกว่า 20 ปีแล้ว แต่ฉันยังไม่เข้าใจไลฟ์สไตล์ของชาวต่างชาติ 100%

มีสองปัญหาที่เป็นไปได้
(1) ชาวต่างชาติไม่สามารถเข้าใจและจินตนาการถึงการออกแบบที่อยู่อาศัยของญี่ปุ่นได้
(2) ฉันไม่สามารถเข้าใจและจินตนาการถึงวิถีชีวิตของชาวต่างชาติได้

สิ่งที่ฉันสามารถพูดได้อย่างไม่ต้องสงสัยก็คือไม่ว่าผู้มีรายได้สูงจะเป็นอย่างไรการออกแบบพื้นของอาคารชุดพักอาศัยแบบญี่ปุ่น (ห้องน้ำ 1 ห้องห้องสุขาโต๊ะเครื่องแป้ง 1 ห้อง) เหมาะอย่างยิ่งสำหรับคนญี่ปุ่นทุกคน

Japanese Bathroom

By | Life Style, Property

(Author: Masahiro Fukai)

I would like to explain here the problem of bathrooms in Japanese residential condominiums.

Japanese people love bathing, so they put hot water in the bathtub and soak their bodies for a long time, such as 30 minutes, to take a bath. Foreigners only use the shower, and the time they take a shower is only about 10 minutes.

Nevertheless, Japanese housing has one bathroom, one toilet, and one dressing room. However, Japanese people have no trouble with this floor plan. The reason is that the bathroom, toilet, and dressing room are independent of each other, and privacy is properly protected. Japanese houses are about 20 m2, and one-person studio apartments are unit baths, but houses where two or more people live are not unit baths.

Very rarely, Japanese houses have two toilets. There is only one reason. The reason is when the house is big and far away. In the case of a two-story building, there are two toilets because people have to go up and down the stairs to get to the toilets on the second to first floors. Also, if you have a residential condominium of 160 m2 or more, or if the floor plan is long and narrow and the distance from one end to the other is very long, a floor plan with two toilets will be designed.

I have lived in a college dormitory in Boston, USA. We were three people and lived together. There was only one bathroom. At this time, I felt terribly inconvenient. I have never felt such an inconvenience in a Japanese residential condominium. In the morning, while someone is taking a shower for about 10 minutes, the toilet and brushing teeth are very inconvenient. The privacy of American bathrooms is not protected. For residential condominiums in the United States, you need at least two bathrooms. This is because the bathroom in the United States is the same as the bathroom in a studio apartment for one person in Japan.

Foreigners who have never lived in a Japanese residential condominium may find it difficult to imagine this.

Also, foreigners have different lifestyles depending on the country. Americans, Chinese, and Thais have different lifestyles. I’ve been working in housing for foreigners for over 20 years, but I still don’t have a 100% grasp of the lifestyle of foreigners.

There are two possible problems.
(1) Foreigners cannot understand and imagine Japanese housing design.
(2) I cannot understand and imagine the lifestyle of foreigners.

What I can say without a doubt is that no matter how high-income earners are, the floor design of Japanese residential condominiums (one bathroom, one toilet, one vanity) is perfectly fine for all Japanese people.

Delicious coffee that seek to to maximize comfort

By | Life in Japan, Life Style

We provide the Nespresso coffee maker for foreign expats’ customers. We are considering night and day how we can maximize comfort life in our apartments.

One of those inventions of ours is Nespresso coffee.

Nespresso : Home page in English

Istagram:  Photos of Life with Nespresso

Roasted coffee should be stored in the refrigerator. The coffee retains its flavor longer. However the length of time roasted coffee can be stored without deteriorating is only about two weeks.  But Nespresso capsulated coffee can be stored for one year without deteriorating. Also the coffee is very delicious.


Nespresso has another machine to whip up milk. To beat and whip milk we can enjoy much more good-tasting coffee.

 
(Nespresso shop at Umeda Hankyu Photo by Fukai)

I found Nespresso coffee in the executive rooms of the Ritz Carlton Osaka. The carefully selected coffee by the Ritz Carlton is Nespresso.


(Photo: The Ritz Carlton by Fukai)

The breakfast in Paris is a three-piece set by (1) Coffee, (2) Croissant, (3) Orange juice. Businesspersons in Paris seemed to get vital power by the simple breakfast.

Please enjoy delicious coffee in Japan, too.

Complex use real estate development

By | Life Style, Real Estate

Photo by Dios : Kachidoki area (MID Towrr and SEA Tower)

“Complex use” is a real estate development that apartments, offices, hotels, shops, and entertainments are combined.  Roppongi Hills is a typical example of “complex use”. “Complex use” is a real estate development to meet the Japanese needs of the time. The key industry of Japan was a manufacturing industry. However now it is the age of the knowledge-information society In the wake of changes of the Japanese industrial structure, the design of apartments and Japanese lifestyle also have undergone change.

Tsukuda area from Hachobori (photo by Dios)

“Complex use” is a real estate development to meet the Japanese needs of the time.  The key industry of Japan was a manufacturing industry. However now it is the age of the knowledge-information society. In the wake of changes of the Japanese industrial structure, the design of apartments and Japanese lifestyle also have undergone change.

To work with a laptop computer at a cool café. Business meeting is not at a dull office, but at a center of town in a pleasant atmosphere. Persons with remarkable talents, the rich, and powerful international business persons will meet at the center of attraction where luxury apartments, shops, and services.  Hereby “Interlayer effect” is produced by “complex use” real estate developments. The mainstream of luxury apartments in Tokyo or Osaka will be “complex use” developments.

A commercial and entertainment complex at Toyosu Island

 

In conclusions – Mobile phone contract

By | Life in Japan, Life Style

Every career is consistent
・ Residence card
・ Special permanent resident certificate
・ Credit card or cash card required for payment
Is necessary.
Besides that
・ Public utility receipt
・ Certificate of residence
Is useful as a supplementary document for your residence card.

There are various characteristics for each carrier, such as where you can sign up at a physical store, where foreign staff can respond, and where you have to apply online.
Choose a career that fits your needs.

 

  1. How to sign a mobile phone in Japan ?
  2. Three major carriers – docomo , au , SoftBank
  3. MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) – Y! Mobile , UQ , LINE , mineo , Rakuten
  4. In conclusions – Mobile phone contract

MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) – Y! Mobile , UQ , LINE , mineo , Rakuten

By | Life in Japan, Life Style

Here are five MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) companies that are popular among Japanese.
MVNO has a cheap price plan, and the biggest advantage for short-term residents is that the contract period is looser than the three major carriers.
On the other hand, it is necessary to keep in mind that there are disadvantages such as slow internet connection and small communication area.
Let’s look at the five MVNO companies at once.

Y! Mobile

Y! Mobile is a brand operated by SoftBank.
To be precise, Y! Mobile is not a MVNO, but it is a popular carrier because it has a cheaper rate plan than the three major companies and the communication speed is as fast as Softbank.

Required documents

・ Card foreign passport or special permanent resident certificate
・ Name seal (permitted with name seal, not with self-inking stamp)
・ Credit payment… Credit card
・ Bank transfer: Bankbook + seal used for bank transactions or cash card + seal used for bank transactions

UQ Mobile

UQ Mobile is the fastest of the cheapest SIMs
However, if you want to pay in installments, you need to be aware that installments may not be possible if your period of stay does not meet the UQ Mobile standards.

Required documents

・ Resident Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
* In the case of lump-sum payment by account transfer, the remaining period during the stay is required at least 8 months. In the case of installment payment, if the period of stay is less than the standard of UQ Mobile, it may not be possible to purchase in installments.
・ Credit payment… Credit card
・ Bank transfer: The original cash card

LINE Mobile

LINE Mobile has popular LINE MOBILE plan that does not consume data communication charges even if you use major SNS such as LINE, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Also, it does not support direct debit, but it is convenient that you can pay with LINE Pay or LINE Pay card besides credit card.

Required documents

・ Special permanent resident certificate or residence card + supporting documents (utility receipt)
・ Credit payment… Credit card
・ LINE Pay payment … LINE Pay account
・ LINE Pay card payment … LINE Pay card

mineo

mineo is a nice feature for those who are considering a mobile contract for a short stay because there is no cancellation fee when canceling.
Payment can only be made by credit card.

Required documents

・ Resident Card or Alien Registration Certificate
・ Auxiliary documents (utility receipt or certificate of residence)
・credit card

Rakuten Mobile

Rakuten Mobile has the advantage that you can pay monthly from Rakuten points that you have accumulated.
People who frequently use Rakuten services such as Rakuten Ichiba are easy to collect points and are brands with great merit.

Required documents

・ Special permanent resident certificate or residence card
・ Auxiliary documents (utility receipt , certificate of residence or notification evacuation site certificate)
・ Credit payment… Credit card
・ Debit card payment… Debit card (Only Rakuten Bank Debit Card or Suruga Bank Debit Card can be registered)
・ Bank transfer… Cash card or passbook

 

  1. How to sign a mobile phone in Japan ?
  2. Three major carriers – docomo , au , SoftBank
  3. MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) – Y! Mobile , UQ , LINE , mineo , Rakuten
  4. In conclusions – Mobile phone contract

Three major carriers – docomo , au , SoftBank

By | Life in Japan, Life Style

docomo, au and SoftBank are the three major carriers of mobile phones in Japan.
The advantages of choosing the three major carriers include high communication speed and quality, support at physical stores, and the ability to purchase the latest smartphones at great pricing.
On the other hand, the disadvantage is that the monthly fee is high and the two-year contract is the mainstream, so it is not suitable for short-term stayers or vactioners.
Let’s take a look at the characteristics and required documents of each mobile company.

docomo

docomo boasts the largest market share among Japanese mobile phone companies.
The positive features of this company is that the communication/reception area is wide,
Often receiving signals and connection where other companies do not. Data speed tends to also be fast.

Required documents

・ Resident Card or Alien Registration Certificate
* If you want to make a monthly payment by fund transfer, you will need a supplementary document (utility receipt or certificate of residence).
・ Credit payment… Credit card
・ Bank transfer… Cash card or bankbook + seal used for bank transactions
・ For minors (under 20 years old)
You will also need a parental consent form and parental identification documents.

au

Among the three major carriers, au has the most support for foreign users.
By checking “Foreign language support” when searching for an au shop, you can find shops with staff who can speak foreign languages.
There are multilingual service guides in English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Tagalog, and information can be collected in your native language in advance. Check it out.

Required documents

Name seal (Name stamp) or Signature
・ Special permanent resident certificate or residence card + foreign passport
* If the address on the resident card is “Undecided (listed on the back after notification)”, auxiliary documents (utility receipt, certificate of residence or notification evacuation site certificate) are required.
・ Credit payment… Credit card
・ Bank transfer… Cash card or bankbook + seal used for bank transactions + supporting documents (utility receipt, certificate of residence or notification evacuation site certificate)
・ For minors
Parental Consent Form + Parental Identity Identification Document

SoftBank

SoftBank has many foreign users.
SoftBank emails are free, so if you have many SoftBank users around you, SoftBank is also recommended.

Required documents

・ Resident Card + Foreign Passport or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
・ Credit payment… Credit card
・ Bank transfer… passbook + seal used for bank transactions or cash card + seal used for bank transactions
・ For minors: Parental consent form + parental identification document

 

  1. How to sign a mobile phone in Japan ?
  2. Three major carriers – docomo , au , SoftBank
  3. MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) – Y! Mobile , UQ , LINE , mineo , Rakuten
  4. In conclusions – Mobile phone contract

How to sign a mobile phone in Japan ?

By | Life in Japan, Life Style

Mobile phones and data are an indispensable part of everyday life.

It is a lifeline for getting information and receiving help, as well as communication for your day to day activities.

It’s especially essential if you are thinking about working in Japan.

As a foreigner living in Japan, do you have any questions about how to sign up for a mobile phone? The further you leave metro areas, the chances of shop clerks speaking english, or any other foriegn language decreases, so it is important to prepare in advance. So the following are documents you made need to present, as well as a few pros and cons of a few major companies. If you are staying in Japan and are going to sign a mobile phone, please take a look.

 

  1. How to sign a mobile phone in Japan ?
  2. Three major carriers – docomo , au , SoftBank
  3. MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) – Y! Mobile , UQ , LINE , mineo , Rakuten
  4. In conclusions – Mobile phone contract