Tara Kamiya


Yes, it is not easy to live here.

Getting a new electric heater

Surprise, surprise. That is why there is less than 1% foreigners living here I guess.

Everyone has a different comfort level. If you are over 30 and from NYC your comfort level may be high, as in my case. This is a list of things in no particular order. I have not lived in Japan for 7 months, but it feels like a year because I visited for about a month 3 months before we moved permanently.

This is a rant of sorts, but I want to be clear that I have no negative feelings toward this country nor the people. As stated above, everyone has a different comfort level and as a human being I am allowed to be annoyed, especially when changing cultures. Hope you find this interesting.

1. Laundry

I like the fact that we do laundry daily, but nobody uses hot water to wash their clothes. Sorry Japan, my clothes are not getting clean, I know I am not alone on this, some other foreigner speak up! AND.Why the hell do I have to dry laundry outside in the winter? Nobody uses a dryer in this town so I have to wait 3 days sometimes for laundry to dry(when it rains). This makes no sense to me. Now a surprise for me is that since there are no dryers, all of your clothes, towels, sheets, etc. have super lint! Lint that gets in African American hair. There is a new laundromat in town. I hope they give discounts to annoyed foreigners.


2. Heat

The houses are not insulated and there is no central heating. Need I say more? Actually, yes I will. Think about this one. It is the dead of winter and you need to take a shower. It is the dead of winter and you need to use the bathroom. So what is heated? Japanese homes have heated toilet seats, electric blankets, electric carpets, electric tables, space heaters to heat 1 room that everyone stays in to stay warm(not the hall way or bathrooms).


Mold accumulates on everything and it is not cute. I found it in the bathroom on my beauty product containers and combs. It is in the dishes, and in the closets. This is super gross especially because you cannot stop it. You have to try and clean everything often but when it accumulates on stuff you would never clean, it gets annoying. When is the last time you cleaned the cap on your facial cleanser and better yet, how would you keep that dry?D*mn!


Yeah, there is no oven. People use toaster ovens. No pies, cakes, turkeys, pot roasts or anything that would go in an oven. Can I live in a house for the rest of my life without being able to bake? We’ll see.

12 thoughts on “What annoys me about Japan!!!

  1. I currently live in Korea.

    Yes, yes, yes on the conspicuous absence of dryers and proper ovens.

    My 60 year old mother (suburban, american, black) who is used to a certain level of creature comforts visited me this summer, and found herself totally skeeved out by the feel of “air dried” towels against her skin.

    And I DO NOT hang my laundry outside, by the way. Nope.

    The coarseness that results from clothing being air dried is bad enough, but to then contend with the aromas of Korean urban air seeping into my clothing and linens? No, I do super small loads and hang everything up in my apartment.

  2. Hi Tara, I’m gaijin too, im from Brazil and i live in aichi-ken. I agreed with you, something in Japan really annoying me. I see your videos on your YouTube Chanel, I liked!

  3. OMG. Yes, the smell of the clothes. I forgot to mention. Well, if I have to dig ditches for a living I am getting a dryer, so that is that.LOL Thanks for watching and reading. I know nothing about Korea, if you have a blog send me the link!

  4. Hello again,

    Reading this article makes me realize how I am heavily reliant on modern technology to do things for me like dryers and heaters. With that said, I would immediately trade in my modernized single ladies lifestyle for a simple married/housewife life in the countryside.

    Although the Mold problem does sound like a headache, but I am guessing you will get used to it? (trying to stay positive)

    Oh and happy new year!

  5. I love this post. I’m a fellow New Yorker (Born and Raised in Manhattan/Harlem) and I know how important comfort level is for us! lol I always use hot water to clean my clothing (Especially with kids.) and the thought of using cold water would bother me. I’m someone who is obsessed with things being super clean.

    I love your blog and your youtube channel. Looking forward to seeing and reading more from you!

  6. Thanks so much! I am glad someone out there is feeling me on this issue. I am trying hard to adjust. Hope to upload new video soon. Be Well.

  7. Thanks love, it’s comments like yours that keep me focused on the blessings. I totally hear you and this is the lifestyle that I have longed for. Problem is that in my dreams of this life my clothes were clean and I was warm.LMAO I am sure I will get used to it all. Sending you positive blessings for the life you desire!Be Well.

  8. Oh I hear you loud and clear!! I am still not used to dealing with the mold. And because we do not have a dryer during winter because it mostly rains and snows we dry our clothes inside making the house more moist and the mold grow so much easier. I also wish I had a real oven. I use a toaster over to make miniature versions of stuff I like like apple turnovers etc. But its still not the same..

  9. Hey there Tara

    Hold on, so you are telling us that even if you went out and bought a dryer at IKEA or something it would be an issue to install it? I’m still at a loss to understand how a country that is so technologically advanced does not use dryers.

    Anyway, I’m sure there must be some houses in the city areas that have dryers right? Or maybe the laundry mats would have dryers? What do you think?

    All the best for the new year though! Love your videos, hope you make some more soon.

  10. I know, puzzling. But basically in Japan it is all about not wasting energy.We are getting a dryer, I do not think installation is the issue, the cost of operation is for most people. Yes, they do have dryers in the laundromat. Where I am a dryer is about $1.00 per 10 minutes, not cheap!! A small washing machine is $4.00 Wish me luck.LOL

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