It’s a commonly asserted stereotype that the Japanese (and especially those residing in Tokyo) live in tiny little houses and apartments. And whilst it has to be said that this is true in a fair number of cases, the situation is not necessarily all that different from many other big cities around the world. I for one distinctly remember my time spent looking for accommodation in London, and being surprised at some of the box-like abodes on offer. Although perhaps more surprising was the inordinately expensive rent that was being charged for such compact apartments.
So whilst in this respect Tokyo may not be that dissimilar to many other big cities, don’t expect Tokyo Times to shy away from reinforcing tried and trusted stereotypes. Especially as the other day I came across this little lodging.
Now I don’t know how an estate agent would go about promoting a place like this, but I guess for starters you could say it is a detached property. And whilst it’s not all that clear in the photograph, the house is situated next to a clean and relatively pretty river. Although unfortunately due to a lack of windows, there won’t be much of a view.
So shall we start the bidding?
Petit and bijou, ideally located for all amenities. I will start the bidding at Â£500 000.
Like the site by the way (my first time here!). A real window on Tokyo life/ Japanese culture.
Thanks a lot!
And a first offer of 500,000. Blimey! Just need to find out who lives there now, and see if they are willing to sell up!
I would rather barter, Lee. Say, one teeny house for 1,000 cantaloupes, which you once told us sold for a pretty penny in Tokyo.
Only if thier sqaure cantaloupes.
Square or round, finding myself with 1,000 cantaloupes would mean having to get another place to store them all in!
No, I’m afraid it’ll have to be cash. Used notes in brown envelopes please!