Why did you all decide to live in Kizunaya shared house?
If I live in kizunaya shared house, what kind of life I can experience?
Before you live in shared house, you don’t know the atmosphere of each shared house.
Atmosphere of Shared house are made with people who live there,
So it is very important to know what kind of people are living there and how they love there in order to choose best shared house for you.
We, Kizunaya shared house think good community is very important.
So we want to tell real atmosphere and vibe of shared house as much as possible to people who consider living here.
Today, we answer your question, If I live in kizunaya shared house, what kind of life I can experience?
We interview Chihiro who are living in one of our shared house in Tokyo.
What kind of week does she have? By reading it, you will imagine your life in Kizunaya shared house!
Kizunaya- Please introduce yourself briefly and tell us about your life before lived in Kizunaya shared house?
Chihiro- Ok, introduce myself. I’m Chihiro. 26 years old. I has been working in company for 5 years.
It passed more than 2 years since I moved to here.
When I was college student, I was in tennis club. After I graduated university, I started engage in accounting business in Shinjuku. My company is kind of big company and my workplace is stable, so I had been enjoying my business life.
I lived by myself. I rented an 1LDK apartment where just 10 mins on foot from Shinjuku.
It was my first experience to live by myself, so I enjoyed decorating my room, cooking, bought nice consumer electronics by my first salary.
It is enjoyable in its own way.
Kizunaya- Wow, before you moved to Kizunaya shared house, you had been satisfying life!
You lived by yourself, and your house is close to your office.
Why did you decide to move in Kizunaya shared house?
Chihiro- Well…. Maybe my life in 1st year was satisfying life. Because in 1st year, many things were new to me in my business life and my private life.
But in 2nd year, my business life became so busy.
Without realizing, my life became just go to office and comeback to home.”
Weekdays were busy, so weekend I just stayed home and did nothing.
But I didn’t want to stay home and do nothing in every weekend, so I tried to start Yoga class for getting some fresh air.
But I couldn’t continue. I couldn’t be bothered.
One day I felt like I had been not met my friends for a while, so I contacted with my friends. I had gathering with our ex-tennis club friends.
I realized that when I was students, we planed gathering, traveling and enjoyed many events together. After I started to work, I didn’t have such events.
It’s been a while to have gathering, and I really had fun with friends.
And while our gathering, one of my friend told us that she has living in shared house. Everyone asked her What is that?
Kizunaya- So before you hear about shared house from your friend, you didn’t know it?
Chihiro- No. I knew shared house as the way of living through watching TV. But I didn’t know what kind of life they have exactly. My image was like.. Rent fee is cheap, many foreigner live, live just for short period, something like that.
I was not in trouble with financial matter.
And I didn’t have any interest in learning language.
My parents house is not around Tokyo, so I hope I can stay at one place for long. Moving in and out is troublesome for me, so I dint have any option to live in shared house.
However my friend who lives in shared house told us her daily life and it was very fascinating.
On weekend and holiday, going out with other members,
Playing table tennis with others who have same habit,
Enjoying Yoga together
Even on weekday, they have dinner together.
I have other 2 siblings in my family, so my parents house was so lively!
After I start working, I usually had dinner by myself, and I felt it’s kind of lonely.. So What my friend told me was very attractive. I start to have interest in shared house.
I went to view the shared house privately, and they had dinner together by chance.
Suddenly, they let me join dinner. Every member are very nice, and I felt good atmosphere, so I decided to live here.
Oh, I feel so nostalgic. It was about 2 years ago.
Kizunaya- Thank you. So please tell us about your life after move in Kizunaya shared house.
Chihiro- Ok, Do I need to tell real my life?
Chihiro- I usually work from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
If I have overwork, I work until 8pm
In the morning, I wake up at 6am, and prepare…
Housemate A is in same floor, so we meet every morning at basin.
Basically we share basin and shower room, so at morning I usually meet some housemate.
Earliest one wake up 5 am and go work. I’m kind of encouraged by her.
Around 7 am is most busy time for many people.
Some take shower at night, and some are at morning. Everyone have different life schedule. I usually take shower at morning.
There are both shower room and Bath room with bath tab, so it’s not crowded usual. But we made own rule that basically in most busy time (7am to 9am/8pm to 11pm), each person use shower room or bath room less than 30mins.
After I finish preparing, I go to living room. I meet with someone eating breakfast, someone watching TV for checking today’s weather, someone shave beard…
In Morning time, everyone is busy, so have short conversation like[Good morning] , [It’s really cold today] during doing own preparation.
And then, each one depart house at their time.
On the way to station, other membwer says[Good morning] and go faster than me by bicycle. I kind of expected(worried?) to go to station with others, but it doesn’t happen, Because everyone have their own time schedule. It’s free.
And we have Line group with whole member in my shared house. Around before dinner time, sometime someone send message like [I’m gonna prepare dinner, who want to join dinner together?]
(She showed us one of message. On that day, they ate Korean BBQ!)
The one who can prepare food send message, and others who want to eat together answer that message. I love this. [Woho! Today’s dinner is ~~] It gives me energy to finish my task in office.
I usually only eat dinner, but if I can get off work earier, I show off my skill to cook dinner!
I only cook easy meal, but other says[delicious!] with happy smile, so it is also my pleasure. When I lived by myself, I talked to myself out loud.
⇧ Picture of dinner time
Of course it’s free option to choose whether you join dinner or not. You can prepare dinner by yourself freely. While we have dinner together, some do not join and waching TV or study…
Sometimes my friend asks me that Should you share all your time(dinner, free time etc) with other resident?
Answer is NO. We can choose!
I can stay here as What I am. And other member receive me, and I also.
But actually most of people love communicating with others, so we enjoy sharing our time together often.lol
Kizunaya-How do you spend your holiday?
It different in every holiday.
But we members of Kizunaya shared house play a lot!
For example, last summer we travel Amami Island!
Our ex-resident migrated to there, so we visit him together!
You can read blog of our trip in Amami Island.
And Kizunaya shared house, there is activity club by volunteer members.
So I sometime join that.
Now we have Table tennis club, Bouldering club, Futsal club.
According to their hobby, they choose their club, and gather from all house of Kizunaya shared house. Because they like that and gather, so when we play, we are so serious!
I joined table tennis club before. It was just table tennis but exercise very hard, so I could refresh from worn out of daily work!lol
This winter, we went to daytrip.
Even though we are adult but we play very hard! It’s really fun!
Of course, sometime I stay home and relax. In living room, there is large TV, so watching TV program with drinking tea, or staying own room privately.
In Kizunaya shared house, sometime I play actively, and other time I enjoy my own time.
What I can tell you is I don’t fell loneliness like before.
And one more thing I want to tell. My concept of value become wider than before. I couldn’t imagine before!
In Kizunaya shared house, there are various people.
There are working ones like me, freelance, designer, performer, student, artist, and teacher in school…I have been working in one company, but it is really new and exciting for me to communicate with other members.
I have had dream to be illustrator. I kind of gave up this dream, but since I contact with other members in my shared house, I start to feel that I want to make my dream true, and want to try more things
If I lived by myself, and just go work and come back home, I never have this feeling.
Kizunaya shared house and other house members change my life.
Kizunaya-We made time table of your week according to what you told us.
Oh, By seeing this time table, still I’m busy with work as before but I have more satisfying life!
Kizunaya- So as concluding word, please tell us what kind of people is match with Kizunaya shared house?
First if you want to change your routine life, kizunaya shared house is good place for you. I think environment is very important.
But in shared house, it’s not the house where someone do everything for you. Kizunaya Shared house is house where independent adult live, so each one honor their own life, and having heart with caring others.
If you only have heart that [please change this for me, do this for me], you are not suitable to this shared house.
Of course once you move in, everyone are welcome you, but it’s really important that you strike up a conversation with other or join dinner time etc..
First time, you might get nervous, but if you can do that, exciting life is waitng you!
Any way, if you want to have excite in your life, make you growth, or touch many concept of value, you will enjoy life here!
Your every day will become more exciting than before since there are many people who love to contact with people.