(どうぞ) Please come in! Don't forget to take off your shoes!

Welcome to our new Japanese home!  We feel so incredibly blessed by this house. It is small by U.S. standards but it meets the needs of our family beautifully.  There's a park, grocery store, convenient store, and even a 100yen store (that's the Japanese dollar store) all within a five minute walk.

Here's the grand tour:

Our front door and entry way. Shoes come off as soon as you enter. Shoes are not allowed in Japanese homes. *Side note* We actually take our shoes off at church too. As soon as you walk in the bathroom /laundry is to the right.  Don't let the picture fool you. The washing machine is about 1/3 the size of ours in San Diego. Also, we don't use the dryer. Clothes get hung up outside to dry.  This makes for good laughs when you look out the window and see your 80 year old neighbors' underwear hanging out to dry. We are a little more discrete.

This is the shower/bathroom. This is a perk of being in Japan. The tubs are extra deep, which makes soaking very relaxing. Plus there's a feature on the tub that recycles and reheats the water for you to keep water at desired temperature. The whole room is basically a shower. The girls really like this because they splash all over.

 

 

To the left is our living/dining/playing/multipurpose room. The rooms are separated by sliding doors. I was considering removing some of them from the living room to the kitchen for more of an "open concept" feel, which is more popular in the States. I found out the first night why all the rooms have the ability to be closed off. We heat the house with a kerosine heater. It's more efficient to only heat the room you are in, instead of whole house (and our heater, pictured with Abbi above, will not heat the whole house). This makes for sweet family times as we all play in one room. Are you sensing a trend...Things are smaller here.  This has benefits though, Less to clean and less room for clutter.  Our kitchen is small but super efficient.  And no your eyes are not deceiving you, the refrigerator is really that small. (I - Casi am 5'3" tall) Our room. We wanted to go with Japanese style so we got futons. During the day we fold them up and put in the closet or hang them up outside to air out. Which gives us extra space to play.  Our room is connected to the living room by the removable sliding doors so eventually when we entertain more guests we could combine the two rooms.

Pink!! The girl's room is the toy room. They love their pink space! They have a large closet like us, which helps organize the toys.  Also, we have two extra futons so this will double as our guest room someday. Here's the side patio/hanger for drying clothes.  Right now it's getting cold so we don't play outside. But I can see lots of fun times ahead here come spring.

That's our home! Thanks for checking it out.  We know God picked our city, church, neighborhood and even this specific home just for us and for His glory!