It has been a busy last week or so. It all started last Monday when we started moving to our new house, followed by the very late arrival of the movers on Tuesday evening (not afternoon). We had a lot of full on days carrying things up and down stairs. Then on Wednesday we (even DH pitched in) went back to our apartment and gave it a good clean out. (When DH handed back the keys at the inspection, they said we didn't need to have cleaned it so well...)
Then Thursday I was up at 4:30am and off to Tokyo to meet up with my sister who had arrived in Japan a day or so earlier with her partner. They survived a whole day and a half in Tokyo alone and were really thrilled with how friendly everyone was to them when they were lost/confused.
On Friday and Saturday we did a lot of stuff that must be done when one visits Japan: Go to a 100 yen shop, do purikura (fun photo booth), go to a sushi train or revolving sushi, eat gyuudon (stewed beef on rice), well just generally do a lot of eating. My sister commented that she had never thought of Japan as somewhere to come for the food, but she would definitely come back just for that.
On Sunday DH and I drove them back to Narita airport and then headed off to IKEA to get some much needed furniture. We finally bought some real dining chairs (though only 2 as that was they were a bit pricey) - we bought our dining table 4 years ago and until now have been using some random plastic folding chairs. The chairs aren't assembled yet, but boy am I going to like sitting on them when they are!
So yesterday was a normal day again. But first I got up really early to put out the trash. I didn't know what time the rubbish truck comes so I kept an eye on it and then they didn't show up until lunch time! Now that is great! Lets hope it is always so late. Then I had to go next door to pass on the "Kairanban". The kairanban is a kind of neighbourhood newsletter that comes around every few weeks and must be read and then passed on to the next neighbour as soon as possible. People who are slack about passing it on get on the black list in the neighbourhood (or so I am told). I had to wait until 10am before I could go over to the neighbour's because showing up before then would be rude, I thought. Turns out no-one was home so luckily avoided having to talk to them. The problem there being that they are never home and we haven't been able to go and formally introduce ourselves and give them our gift.
So far we have completed over half of our introductions to the neighbours, and so far all the neighbours have been friendly. So far so good.
So how is living in a real house going? I can't believe I ever lived in that cramped apartment now! We are still getting used to some of the gadgets (eg the IH cooker) and as soon as everything is put away in its proper place, I will be very happy here I think. It is so much quieter here, no noisy cars coming and going, no screaming and yelling from the little girls next door and no screaming baby downstairs. Fantastic.