Ever since the second semester of my sophomore year in college, I’ve had my own room. To many, it might not seem like a big deal, but growing up in a family where you are one of four kids and spent a lifetime in a room with someone else, this was a major change and affected my whole outlook on life. I became more relaxed, more at peace and the big one: (a little) less anxiety. With moving to Nagoya in May of 2016, with my new life, job and passport, came a new apartment. Single occupancy. I was ecstatic. I was ready to decorate and make my apartment my HOME. ideas of colorful bean bag chairs, low coffee tables and art work hanging from the walls filled my head. Until it dawned on me that I was living in a city I did not like one bit which took me about a week.  After the new Japan car smell wore off and I realized how much Nagoya did not match my hopes, dreams and expectations for my life in Japan I felt there was no use to put and homely touches on a place I knew I wouldn’t see myself living for more than  year (the length of my job contract). Towards the end of my year in Nagoya, I had a burst of life into my spirit and I decided to go for it: Tokyo. Where I had originally wanted to be. I first tried to transfer to a Tokyo branch school within my company but they brushed off my request and did not take me seriously. This really sent me over the edge and I went into “Uzochi, you’re going to do this on your own and you’re going to get it if you work hard enough” mode. Every day after work for 2-3 hours, I would search the internet for teaching jobs in Tokyo, and would get no answer. Just as I was starting to give up and reserve myself to going back to Maryland, I got the interview that I was hoping for and one week later, the job! Fast forward to moving into my apartment. I knew Tokyo was somewhere I was going to stay for a least the next two years, so I made it a point to make my apartment look exactly how I wanted my home to look. This started with my clothing rack.

 

Something I KNEW I wanted in my apartment was this clothing rack. The amount of clothes I have sometimes keeps me from being creative with my outfits and so this rack acts as a visual organizer to help me put things together that I otherwise wouldn’t have.

Books. Having many around keeps me calm and in the house when I need to be. I haven’t been reading as much as I should lately because of me taking plaitwoman.com so seriously and trying to post content at least every other day. I’ll try to find more time to expand my mind with literature.


This jar of colorful stones were collected on a camping trip held by the  company I work for. I shake it sometimes to hear the pretty sound. Not a necessity but it is a nice decoration that provides an added touch to my hibiscus plant that currently isn’t blooming.


Funny story how I happened upon this tapestry. Those cute “open for a surprise” tweets where after  while you expected to open up to an adorable dog or cat. This particular tweet was of the former but one twitter user  inquired about the tapestry hanging on the wall of the photo instead of the canine. I went from there and read through the comments, hoping the user would post the site they got the art from. Luckily they did and the next day I was on Society6.com purchasing the “The One” wall tapestry by artist Sivan Karim. It’s still available and on society6 for 15% off right now!

-PW

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