This is the man who's birthday inspired last weeks camping trip. As I said before it wasn't a Social Apartment exclusive, but had several people form the apartment and many others. It was a great chance to really connect with the people we live with and make new friends from other parts of Japan!
So every year around this time Japanese people eat a kind of noodle called somen. it`s usually done in a hollowed out bamboo tree, but for home use you use a machine like this that spins the noodles around in water while everyone tries to pick them out. A large group of us made it happen last night in the common room.
There is an intercom system outside of the Social Apartment front door. Although I have not personally used it, I think it would come in handy if someone you don`t recognize happens to be knocking at the front door. Japan is really safe, but it`s always good to be careful!
Late last night the hallway window broke, everything is brand new here, so we are still wondering how. Not to worry tho, at Social Apartment we are a team, seven of us assembled and were able to repair it. One of the tenants was a construction worker, and the other happen to have a stash of power tools.
The 4th July Party at Social apartment was very fun. Almost everyone from the house came as well as many outsiders. There were fireworks, 30000 yen worth of American booze and food, drinking games, singing, and even a Japanese businessman doing back flips. (Everyone who had cameras is recovering today, so hopefully a better soon ;p)
Continuing the theme of late nights, there are enough of us at thee Social Apartment that more than likely someone you know is in the same district at the same time as you. This time after missing the train we were able to find other people in Shibuya in the same situation so there was no need to wait and catch the first train alone. Good deal!
This is right next to the soto area at Social Apartment. It is a good place to wait for guests coming so you can be bear the front door. It's also a good quiet place to pass out if you can't make it all the way to the common room after a long night out. . .
Being that this is Japan, there are no outdoor shoes worn in the common areas at Social Apartment. This is where people are able to store their shoes after coming home. It may sound odd, but shoe changing in the front area has become a good way to mingle with people at the start and end of the day!
Often times Social Apartment tenants meet up hang out outside of the apartment. This day some of us went to a museum in Tokyo. When just arriving to a country it can be difficult to find people to do things with. Social Apartment makes it easy to find willing companions!