I moved in yesterday under heavy rain, but I ended up going back with my relatives since I was missing many necessary things (including food!). So, I came back today at 2:00 pm, bought some stuff along the way, and started unpacking everything. Here are some pictures (some were taken vertically so you'll have to exercise your neck a bit =P) of Hino and my apartment:
Apartment - Outside:
(L) This is the apartment complex. (R) The parking spaces are small but well-paved.
Little space is wasted here -- look at the corn planted just behind the parking spaces.
(L) Bicycle parking area. (R) Apartment notice board, containing garbage pick-up dates.
(L) The name of the apartment complex is Leo Palace 21 (at least that's what I think), but apparently Libra (written in Katakana below the lion) is the actual name. (R) Stairs. Yup, really.
(L and R) My unit, 204.
Okay, let's go inside!!
(I photographed the inside first and then the outside, so that's why the file names are like that)
Apartment - Inside:
(L) The entrance. Shoes off! The pair of slippers there is a souvenir from my uncle, when he recently was in India for a business trip. (C) Closet is to the left, in the middle is a ladder to the sleeping quarters, and to the right is the door which opens into the hallway. (R) Mirror and closet.
(L) Sleeping quarters - nice and cozy. (C and R) Bird's-eye view.
(L) Microwave and fridge. (C) Scotty's place. 30 amps should be enough, right? The breakers are divided into 10A, 15A, 20A, 30A, 40A, 50A and 60A in Japan, all colour coded. The colours are red, pink, yellow, green, grey, orange, and purple respectively. So I con green, a decent challenge. We need more power Scotty! (R) The washing machine, which is right under the breakers.
(L) A toilet. To the right and up a step, is the bathroom. (C) The bathroom. To the behind lies the toilet. (R) A sink and an self-cleaning range.
Well, wondering how the view is like from the window? Here's a semi-panoramic view:
(L, C, and R) View from window. Go unnecessary comments! =P
To be honest, I can't think of a good name for the next section -- 'Miscellaneous' would be too boring and 'Things on desk' seems a little lame -- so I'll call it.. umm.. stuffy stuffies!
(L) Things I bought on the moving day (yesterday). In Hino, special garbage bags must be used. The orange is for non-burnable trash and the green is for burnable trash. The key to the apartment is the metal card in the middle of the picture. To open the door, you insert the card and twist it 90 degrees to the left (refer to previous pictures of the front door).
(C) The pink book is the apartment manual (yes, there's a manual). The other booklets contain other instructions, warnings, and flyers.
(R) Other things I bought yesterday.
(L) Things I received from the Hino City Office after registering. Free garbage bags (alright!), an Engrish manual on garbage disposal, a Hino City guidebook, and a colour calendar containing the garbage pick-up dates.
(C) Groceries I bought on my way back from registering as an alien at the city office. Those peaches are delicious!! That boxed meal is my first meal at Hino =). Hmm, what else. That orange egg-shaped thing is actually a refill, not a real air freshener -- doh!
(R) Emergency escape rope ladder.
Hino City, Tokyo Capital （東京都日野市）:
These pictures were taken on the way from my apartment to the Hino City Office, in chronological order this time:
(L) Railway tracks. These are fairly close to my apartment it often gets a bit noisy. (C) Blueberries! (R) うぁー！ひろい！(uwaa! hiroi!) Guess the meaning on the comment page! Let's see who gets the closest answer! =D
(L and R) The closest station to my apartment, Toyoda.
(L) Fairly large park. To the left is the Hino City Office. (R) The Hino City Office.
Coming out of the city office, I took these pictures of the park.
Okay, that's it for now! It took 2 hours and 30 minutes for this post, whew!