Alright, as promised, I'm putting up pictures of the new apartment. As it turns out, our first night here was a freak occurrence, and there have been no more loud nights, so we're quite pleased with the place.
We now have a super high-tech bathroom. This is the little control panel (on the wall about the toilet paper) that lets you have multiple flush options, multiple bidet options, and a bunch more stuff that I haven't even figured out yet. There are also multiple control panels (two in the bathroom, one in the kitchen) to control water temperature and fill the bathtub automatically.
From the door this is the view down our apartment. The first doorknob you see goes into the bathroom, then the hallway has closets on the left and the "kitchen" on the right.
Yep, this is my kitchen, still. I'm getting bolder in it though, I think I'm going to attempt some beef bourguignon this week.
Underneath my one burner is our evil washing machine. I am now able to wash and dry clothes like a pro (well...) but when the cycle is finished the door stays locked, and even when I push the buttons that are supposed to unlock the door, it still doesn't open. John says I need to be more scientific in my approach, but what normally happens is I push the unlock button, nothing happens, I turn the dryer back on, push unlock again, turn it off, push unlock, turn it on, push ever button on the machine, yell at the machine, lie down on the floor in defeat thinking that our clothes will be trapped forever, sit up, and realize that it has miraculously unlocked. I'm starting to think that there might just be a time delay from when I push the button to when it actually unlocks...
Here is our living room area. It's still all one room, but having this much space is a HUGE deal in Tokyo. The couch is even long enough for a person to sleep on! If only we were living here when Christian came to visit.
This is our little table where we eat breakfast every morning! In the old place, we always just ate it in bed, because as John said, it felt like the bed was most of the apartment anyways.
Here you can see the little divider that separates the living room area from the bedroom area. It's also a dresser, so most of our clothes are stashed in there.
And we have a KING sized bed.
But, maybe best of all is our view, as you can see here, it is a normal out a window view, as opposed to our old view (below) that looked straight into an office that was about 6 feet away.
It was super creepy.