I'm Gonna Move.
It’s simply not worth it to live somewhere where my reaction to the doorbell has gone from “Sales people?” to “Creep or cops?!” And, bonus, I can look for a place where the bedroom is not floored with something that agravates my allergies year-round.
My apartment contract ends July 31st and they would like to know my moving date by June 30th. There will be no penalty….but goodness knows how much of my original deposits and such I will get back, I think my July rent should be paid for already…but that might be the sort of thing my apartment screws me on.
Why did my last move break me? Well I was already low on cash and then:
But the 61,000 yen I already paid? Simply a realtor’s fee… a realtor’s fee. The partial rent for one week, the next month’s fee, the key money, two month’s rent as deposit, insurance, apartment upkeep fees and so on…. Well for you Americans I figured it out in dollars… $2,679.23.
And I hadn’t realized I’d need a new fridge and washer (my first apartment supplied them) or the costs of starting my new job, my visa stuff..... The last move traumatized me. It kept me from moving when I got this job two years ago. I don’t want to stay here anymore just because leaving is a hassle…and the apartment I am in could use a rehaul anyways.
I have a mantra right now “Nothing can suck as much as my last/first move within Japan.” I can’t imagine myself crying as I walk from Nakano to Shinjuku at 1AM, or biking to buy budget natto, or walking through a thunderstorm in shoes that have just fallen apart as I sniffle to myself…or any of the other highlights of my last move. I do expect I will be low on cash in August and will have plenty of time in the evenings to not do anything that costs cash.
I do want to stay near the train line I am on and I would like to be able to continue biking to work.
We made the calls about not renewing my apartment today. Hopefully Kazu will be available for apartment hunting sometime this weekend. I want him because he already knows the hassles of the gaijin apartment hunt.
I’ve canceled my sports-club membership to reduce that monthly charge. I’m stocking up on food staples for cheaper eating. I’m working on choreographies and trying to make sure I’m getting booked regularly. I’m thinking about approaching a studio in Matsudo about teaching, but not quite yet.
I also think it is time to contact those in costume line about down-payments and current prices…because August will be a good time to work on stuff and I can do a basic fitting for Eshe when she’s here in July…and I have Farasha’s stuff on file.
I also need to balance this will paying for my Vegas flight and saving vacation money.