* photoshoot update: finally added the Nagano gallery! *
I've lived in Japan for 2.5 years already... I can't believe how time flies! So the timing was right and it just felt like a perfect opportunity to move, so I packed up my life in Yono town and moved to Urawa!!! Which is actually just two stations away, so it was not all that bad; still in Saitama prefecture. Even though the towns are quite close, the vibe is completely different! Yono was a very small and quiet "bed-town" that had like 3 restaurants. The only neighbor I made friends with was a Shiba dog named Meister, whom I miss dearly... But on the other hand, Urawa is much much bigger and busier, with cafes', shoppings malls, countless restaurants and parks, and even a movie theatre.
The left picture is my apartment in Yono. I'm so grateful to have started my life in Japan in this cozy space... ♡
And the right picture is my brand new apartment in Urawa! Not only is it more than twice the size of the Yono apartment, but it's also a brand new building, being built only 1 year ago! The only downside is it's a big social residence, so I have to share all the facilities, like the kitchen and washrooms. But it's not as bad as I thought, and settling in after a month has been nice, especially with all the different tenants living here (half are Japanese and half are foreigners). I have to say, I am so much happier here! The huge room, giant windows, tons of sunlight, high-tech appliances...it's just a bright and fresh space. I really have to pinch myself sometimes... I never would have thought moving to Japan, I could live in such a nice place!