The reality of Japanese architectural construction

By | Japanese House

Today, January 17th, is 26 years after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, January 17, 1995. I also experienced this big earthquake at my home in Osaka. This quake was the biggest quake in my life.

On January 17th of this earthquake, a concrete pillar on the Hanshin Expressway broke and rolled over.

I recently noticed when I was doing skeleton remodeling work on a Japanese apartment. It is the fact that various things that are completely unrelated to concrete are mixed in concrete. I discovered Styrofoam.

This fact is not often pointed out, I think that the reason why the concrete pillar of the Hanshin Expressway broke was that something other than concrete was mixed in the concrete.

There is a lot of “garbage” in the concrete of Japanese apartments and public buildings.

Then, the reason why “garbage” is contained in concrete is to reduce the amount of concrete. In other words, to reduce the cost of construction.

It is unlikely that Japanese ordinary person like me does DIY concrete work. As a result, such information is not known to the general public. In the case of apartments, the concrete part is not seen by the consumer. Moreover, I don’t think there are any general consumers who cut concrete and look inside the concrete.

Japanese housing is undergoing a great deal of shoddy construction work where the general consumer cannot see it. In this blog, based on my actual experience at my own site, I will clarify the reality of how Japanese housing is constructed, what materials are used, what problems there are.

Customer’s “amulet”

By | Real Estate

Our customers have forgotten their “amulets” and returned to his home country, so we have considered an appropriate disposal method for “amulets”.


First of all, for the first six months, we offered our customers’ amulets to the Kamidana in our Dios head office in Nakanoshima Osaka.

On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021, we visited Shitennoji Temple in Osaka for the practice of visiting a temple at the beginning of the New Year. Therefore, we prayed for the patronage of our customers in the temple, and at the same time, we put all of our customers’ amulets in the disposal box of the amulets at Shitennoji Temple.

Shitennoji is the first temple in Japan where Buddhism was introduced 1400 years ago. We participated in the monthly zazen meditation at this temple from 5 am. At this venerable Buddhist temple in Japan, we have properly disposed of our customers’ amulets.

On the same day, Dios bought a new “amulet” at Shitennoji Temple. This “amulet” is (1) the good relation with a Buddha and (2) the relation with a person. We love this new amulet very much. We will continue to raise it to our Kamidana of our Dios head office.

How to build a new internet connection to your home

By | Electric Appliance

To install a new internet in your home, first select an internet service provider, complete the procedure, and then set up your machine. This sequence of tasks is more complicated than you might think, and can be confusing if you don’t see the steps very accurately. The person who manages the procedure must have all the information.

Yodobashi Camera has a counter called “Consultation anything about the Internet”. Other consumer electronics retailers have similar consultation desks. It is recommended that the contractor himself or herself go there. If you are a foreigner, please go to this consultation desk with an interpreter who understands Japanese. Since “identity verification” is required for the contract procedure for the Internet, the contractor must bring his / her identification card and go directly to the consultation desk.

In the case of NTT FLET’S Hikari, you can make a contract by telephone. However, if you want to compare the price with other internet service providers, you need to go to the internet consultation desk of the electronics retail store.

(1) NTT FLET’S Hikari

(2) au Hikari

(3) eo Hikari


(5) Softbank

(6) docomo

(7) UQ WiMAX

(8) Y! mobile

Select from these (1) to (8) Internet service providers.

If the line is not laid in the house, NTT FLET’S Hikari will pull the line from the utility pole on the road, so it is unlikely that NTT FLET’S Hikari cannot be connected. However, NTT FLET’S Hikari is more expensive than other Internet carriers.

Softbank Hikari, docomo Hikari, and Biglobe Hikari use NTT’s internet connection. However, it is a little cheaper than NTT FLET’S Hikari.

“Au Hikari” tends to be strong in apartments, and “eo Hikari” tends to be strong in detached houses.

Also, if the mobile phone company you already have is au, Softbak, or docomo, if you sign up for a residential internet connection with the same company, you will get a package contract, and the monthly payment will be about 500 to 1,000 yen cheaper.

In order to complete the contract procedure at the “Internet consultation desk” such as Yodobashi Camera, you must exchange a lot of documents such as explanations of important matters. The contractor and the interpreter must be present at the contract procedure during that time. The paperwork can sometimes take several hours.

Also, if the documents are incomplete, you will have to go to the counter again, which is a little annoying. Therefore, please proceed with the procedure accurately, confirming and reconfirming, and carefully.

As for the wireless router, a mesh router is recommended to send the Internet radio waves over a wide area in a large house. One way is to install a relay machine. Consumer electronics retailers such as Yodobashi have the latest models, and there are various models from expensive to inexpensive.

First of all, please go to the “Internet consultation” counter of home electronics retailers such as Yodobashi.

Geo Tower Tenroku  (About Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome area)

By | Regionality

“Geo Tower Tenroku” is located at the intersection of Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome and is directly connected to the subway station. This station (station name “Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome”) is a station that can be used along the Sakaisuji subway line, the Tanimachi subway line, and the Hankyu Kyoto line and Hankyu Senri line. The apartment called “Geo Tower Tenroku” is very convenient for those who commute to stations along the Sakaisuji Line and Tanimachi Line. It is a very convenient place as it is connected to Higashi-Umeda Station, which is the most downtown area in Kansai and Osaka.

Even though Osaka Station and Namba Station are directly connected to the nearest station, their terminal buildings at the station are too large, so you actually have to walk a lot. On the other hand, “Geo Tower Tenroku” is only a 10m walk to the entrance of the station.

For shopping, there is “Hankyu Oasis” on the first floor of the same building of “Geo Tower Tenroku”. Hankyu Oasis is a grocery supermarket with a wide selection of high-quality products such as vegetables and meat.

In addition, Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street is right in front of “Geo Tower Tenroku”. This Tenjinbashisuji shopping street is one of the most famous shopping streets in Osaka. The shopping mall is about 2 kilometers long and is lined with a wide variety of shops. From Tenjinbashi 6-chome Station, beyond JR Temma Station and Minamimorimachi Station, it is one of the busiest shopping streets in Osaka. There are many popular shops, and you can shop cheaply. Compared to Umeda and Namba, you can shop more closely to your life.

Tenjinbashi 6-chome is a traffic intersection where many people gather. Nevertheless, security is a good place. Namba and Umeda are okay as long as they are on the premises of a large-scale building, but there are night towns where people can drink alcohol, and depending on the area, it may be unsafe. As a residence, Tenjinbashi 6-chome is a convenient and safe place for residents’ everyday life.