Jul 30, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
This area has many rental parking spots. We are less than a five minute walk from the Shinkansen station that allows access to the big city, Fukuoka, in less than ten minutes. Driving from here would take thirty to forty minutes depending on traffic. Another reason for all the parking spots is the increasing number of large apartment buildings. These usually do not have parking or, if they do, there are are an insufficient number of spaces.
My apartment comes with a free parking space. There is one for each apartment. However, we no longer have a car, so we only use it for guests.
Jul 27, 2014
Sleeping on the floor requires a mattress and what is called a futon, a heavy blanket that has a sheet like thing wrapped around it. You can get the idea by imagining a large, very thin pillow with a pillow case. Because people sweat and otherwise get the futon dirty, they are aired everyday. This is a house, the third from my apartment, with all the futon hung out in the sun.
Apartment buildings are very colorful sometimes, with each balcony decorated with multicolored futon.
Jul 26, 2014
The silver colored object on the wall is our mailboxes. There are three apartments on each floor. On the wall on the right is a board for posting notices about upkeep, trash collection, and other things related to the building's community. The black, white and blue object under the mailboxes is a wastebasket for chirashi, the ads that people put in your mailbox. In the US, I think it is still illegal to put anything other than mail in a mailbox, however, here there is no such restriction so everyday we get a dozen or so ads. They immediately go into this wastebasket. A huge waste of paper!
Although there is a door to the outside (behind me), there is no lock on it so we occasionally get a salesman or some religious person. Earlier in the month we had two young Morman women come to the door to try to convert us. My wife invited them in on the condition that they not talk about religion. We gave them a cold drink and some cookies and talked to them about Japan. They were interesting. We invited them to come back but they haven't. I wonder if they told their supervisor about it and were forbidden to come back for fear that we might convert them.
It is so hot here that I am unable to go out for walks so for the next month of so I will be posting single pictures each day. The temperature here is above 35 degrees C (96 degrees F) every day and the humidity is averages around 70%. It is too hot to go out for walks, so I will be limited as to how many pictures I can take. As soon as it cools off a little I will start taking long walks again and post three pictures a day again. Please bear with me.
Jul 25, 2014
The buildings in the background are Mirikaroden on the left and a large kindergarten on the right. The building with the curved roof is the town swimming pool.
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
A few weeks ago I believe I mention that I asked a police officer what the reason for this was and he said that he did not know and that, when he thought about it, it did not seem to make sense.