In a previous post I spoke about why I live and continue to stay in a guest house. Living so far away from family, friends and familiar things, it has definitely become my home away from home. So for this post, I think I`ll continue on with that lovey-dovey sort of feeling and tell you another benefit of living in a guest house.
When I first moved to Tokyo I lived in another Oak House. Smaller, older and a lot closer to my work! But despite the building having a bit more character than my current location, the people lacked the flair I was looking for in my roommates. They were all nice enough but tended to arrive home and go straight to their rooms (perhaps due to all rooms having their own televisions…). Nonetheless, other than the pay check I was to receive, I came to Japan for one main reason and that was to study Japanese! So roommates that didn`t exactly like communication were a problem. That is when I moved to Nishi-Tokyo and boy, is it different! It`s like night and day! Here, there are a lot younger people and most people are interested in meeting the people they are living with. Everyone seems to enjoy whooping it up in the lounge. It`s nice.