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08:13 pm: Preparations...
Today was a national holiday (Culture Day), so I had the day off. I spent most of my non-reading time cleaning up my two guest rooms. Partly this is because wednesday_10_00 will be coming to visit in a couple weeks, and partly it's because I couldn't get started making megory's yukata with all the clutter on the floor. I managed to get the place pretty well straightened up. I even hauled out my winter clothes and put the summer clothes into storage.

I laid out the yukata roll and got the major pieces cut, so they're all ready for me to start working on this weekend. I learned from the last one that it takes me about five whole days to make a yukata [though hopefully this one will go a bit faster because a) it's smaller--less to hem, and b) it's from a roll, so it requires less extensive measuring]. If I work on it every free weekend, I may be able to get it done in time to mail for Christmas...

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From:scrummycat
Date:November 3rd, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
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TWO guest rooms? Wow, I always had a mental picture of you being in a tiny efficiency apartment or something. That must be because of all the talk of space being at such a premium in Japan. Maybe that is just in certain areas?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 3rd, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
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TWO guest rooms?

Technically, it's only one guest room and one master bedroom. But I sleep on the couch in the living room (the only room with air conditioning/heat), so that frees up the master bedroom for guests.

Wow, I always had a mental picture of you being in a tiny efficiency apartment or something.

My apartment has a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a tiny living room. Rooms are measured by the number of tatami mats that cover the floor. Each mat is about 3' X 6'...the bedrooms are each 6 mats and the living room is 4 1/2 mats.

Pictures from my apartment can be found in some of my early entries, such as 8/9/04 and 8/12/04.

That must be because of all the talk of space being at such a premium in Japan. Maybe that is just in certain areas?

That's particularly in large cities, such as Tokyo. I live in what is designated "the country" (which means that there are random rice fields everywhere). Of course, it also depends on how much one pays for rent.
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From:megory
Date:November 3rd, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)

Whooooo! Whooooo!

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I'm getting so excited already! You are so far ahead of us. I haven't even begun to think about a Christmas gift list. Hmmmm...I better start checking your Wish List. I just hate the idea of sending you things that you might have to turn around and pay big bucks to send back home in a few weeks. I love the light and versatile gift of money. Do you want anything from France or Spain?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 3rd, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Whooooo! Whooooo!

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I'm getting so excited already!

You'll just have to pretend to be surprised. ^_~

I made up a package with the accessories and various other things. I plan to take it to the post office any day now, though I don't know which rate I'll ship it.

Do you want anything from France or Spain?

I really don't know what there is to ask for...
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