My vice-principal took the opportunity to have a big discussion about how to deal with my apartment. It seems that a large portion of the items in the apartment are being rented. This saves me a lot of trouble, because now I don't have to worry about getting rid of everything. The down side is that I didn't know up until now, so it's possible that I've already thrown out some of the rental items unknowingly.
I was given a list, and it looks like most of the things are still there, with the exception of the oven toaster. I tossed that shortly after I arrived, because it was filthy and smelled terrible when I tried to use it, and bought a new one. The question is whether previous inhabitants of the apartment did the same thing. For example, did they toss an old fan and buy a new one? Thus, in order to figure out how much of the rental stuff is intact, they are calling someone to come at the end of the month and inspect the apartment.
One other little problem is that the rental place has to remove electrical appliances, such as the air conditioner, which apparently must be removed before the electricity is shut off. This means they have to come in and take stuff before my official last day. It was suggested that I leave at least a full week early.
I was planning to leave out of Tokyo anyway, so I can get in some last-minute shopping. I will probably stay there at least a day or two before the date my plane leaves.
Today I looked around at several international moving companies, including the one wednesday_10_00 suggested. I am seriously dreading all the packing. It's a good thing I have so many vacation days...