Our apartment is starting to feel like home. We have learned that different companies have different systems for their expats. Many people I know here arrived with only what they could fit into suitcases and bought everything they needed once they got here. Some people moved all of their home furniture to Japan. Obviously, probably only what they needed, since homes are smaller here than in the US. A couple of friends got rid of pretty much everything they owned, brought the essentials and bought the rest here. Some people get an allowance and what they don't spend, they get in the end when they return home. We get an allowance for rental furniture and shipping. We chose to ship our own furniture here to Japan. Some of the larger items we are renting.
We are renting a washer/dryer, refrigerator, sofa, recliner, table and chairs, bed and living room drapes.
This chair is very comfortable.
Our sea shipment made its way from Los Angeles to Nagoya, Japan, ever so slowly.
First our air shipment arrived with the rest of our clothes which were very welcome.
Not enough closet space at first.
Finally our sea shipment arrives!
The second bedroom will be the craft/office/exercise room.
A few things didn't work very well. Our soft mattress pad is too small for the Japanese "queen" size bed. Our coffee table is too tall for the low Japanese sofa. My Calaphon pans don't work on the induction stove top and my dinner plates don't fit into the tiny dishwasher.
We closed one of the slider doors and are using it as a wall for our dressers.
My Target rug works really well and the linen I already purchased probably a couple of years ago to cover this ottoman has a gold tone to it. I'm going to sew a slipcover for it and plan on getting that done next week.
Well, I hope you have a better feel for our apartment now. I'm sure things will continue to evolve, but we are happy with how it's coming together. It feels like our home.