Hōmu, Sweet Hōmu

We’re in our house! We have been here almost two weeks now. Ask anyone to picture a Japanese house, and a few images come to mind, such as the traditional….

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….and the cramped.

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Our actual house is both larger and more mundane. Here it is! The house is named Takinoue House after our neighborhood, Takinoue.

Admittedly, the curb appeal is a bit lacking.
Takinoue House. Admittedly, the curb appeal is a bit lacking.

Back in Washington DC, we had our household goods pack-out in July, before we had our house in Japan picked out. Obsessing over web listings showed that we would likely end up in a house bigger than we originally thought, but we still decided to ship very little furniture with us, just in case.  For a change, we underestimated our house size–not the typical problem when moving to Japan.

Chair socks! Available at the 100 yen shops.
The kitchen. And chair socks! Available at the 100 yen shops.

The house is roughly 2300 square feet and has four bedrooms upstairs, a small bedroom (Bonus Room, in realtor-speak) on the first floor, and family room off the kitchen, plus LDK (living, dining, kitchen).

Here’s the kitchen! We have a full-sized American fridge and even a circa-1987 GE dishwasher.

Three burners plus a fish broiler make up the standard Japanese cook set. The built-in oven is less common.
Three burners plus a fish broiler make up the standard Japanese cook set. The built-in oven is less common.

The only thing that’s not American-style is the stove and oven. I saw mostly American-style range-ovens when browsing listings online, and I assumed that we’d end up with one. Unfortunately, we did not. While the fish broiler (drawer right under the burners) is awesome, the tiny Japanese oven on the very bottom–not so much. I packed a fair amount of bakeware expecting a full-sized oven, and unfortunately only my quarter sheet pans will fit.

Our household goods arrive in two shipments. The first batch–the express shipment, by air–was limited to 1000 lb., no furniture, and no more than two bicycles. That arrived the day we moved in. The rest of our shipment including our furniture and Stuff is still wending its way across the Pacific; it should arrive some time in early October.

Ready to relax in that CHAIR EASY.
Ready to relax in that CHAIR EASY

Meanwhile, we are making do with loaner furniture from the Navy. The housing office asks how many of each item you need, and the next day a truck brings you your barcoded furniture! It’s actually pretty great, as long as you don’t mind your house looking like the lobby of a Motel 6. Also everything has a giant barcode on the front with awesome/humorless capitalized descriptions.

Without further ado, here’s the rest of the house. Enjoy the tour! I will repost once we get our stuff set up.

Family room off of the kitchen, complete with DESK COMPUTER and CHAIR OFFICE.
Family room off of the kitchen, complete with DESK COMPUTER and CHAIR OFFICE
Giant dining room with TABLE DINING and CHAIR(s) DINING (plus one Ruby, not government-issued)
One half of the giant living room, with a fireplace behind the screen
One half of the giant living room, the fireplace end
The other end of the giant living room, and future home of the drum kit
The other end of the giant living room, and future home of the drum kit
First floor bonus room, a.k.a. future office, a.k.a. future guest suite! Has its own bath.
First floor bonus room, a.k.a. future office, a.k.a. future guest suite! Has its own bath.

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The side patio and yard, two views
The side patio and yard, two views
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Our ocean view! If you can look past the natural gas flare, anyway.....
Our ocean view! If you can look past the natural gas flare, anyway…..
Tessa's room
Tessa’s room
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Cy’s room
Fourth upstairs bedroom
Fourth upstairs bedroom

7 thoughts on “Hōmu, Sweet Hōmu

  1. suziola@verizon.net

    Congratulations on your new sweet Homu!!!! Locks like an excellent sock hockey rink! In no time your ship will have come in and it will look more like you and your family. Thanks for bringing us along on your adventure. xs

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  2. Jan M. Lorys

    Marta: You are awesome and resilant! It is so neat to stay in touch with you via your blog. The photos you sent really tell the story! Keep it up! Carleen

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