Tara Kamiya


Yes, I did already rant about the heat situation a few posts back.

I had enough!

Where I am the weather is about the same as NYC. Problem is there is no central heat in the homes. I had enough of going to the toilet and literally shivering. Nothing anyone suggests helps. The other day the temperature got so low that even sitting in front of the space heater I felt like I was outside.

I asked around, but nobody can tell me why these homes do not have any insulation!

If you are thinking about coming to live here, winter is a real concern. The lifestyle here is very hard in a traditional setting. I am also through with the laundry. Because it is so cold the laundry takes days to dry. There is so much we could not bring it all inside so most of it sits in a storage shed to dry. It puzzles me why we can do laundry daily but a dryer uses too much energy? Isn’t it more costly to do laundry daily? SMH big time right now.

My husband is great. He is always doing his best to make us comfortable. Thank goodness we have started the renovations to add in a kitchen for our family.

Kitchen Renovation under way!

I cannot wait. Going outside to mom and dad’s house to eat is getting old! As you can see now I am in the WTF phase of living in Japan. We came here April 19th so it is almost our anniversary of living here. I am so happy to be living here, but as I said the life is not easy. Just recently I had a horrible situation with my futon.

gross futon
Futon Soaked in sweat.GROSS!

Bottom line at this point is I need to sleep in a Western bed. This futon is soaked in sweat. I know gross! I am really  a clean person, but you cannot imagine why this happened. I may go into detail another time for your learning benefit. LOL

Pray for me you guys. I came here for good reason and I want to stay, but lord knows it is not easy. Hopefully once I have the baby and get back in my body alone I will be able to maneuver and think clearly about what steps to take to make myself and my family comfortable in this new life.

Hope you are having a good one. Be Well.

7 thoughts on “Winter in Japan is kicking my butt!!

  1. Hey Tara, I’m a southern woman thats preparing myself for a marriage… so my question is when he wants to make changes in my house, should I say something or let him feel at home…??

  2. This is always a tough one for couples. I guess it depends on how drastic the change.If it is going to effect the value of your home then you two will have to discuss it. Cosmetic things, you should pic and choose your battles. There is going to be a lot of compromise going forward and yes of course you want him to feel comfortable, it will be his house too! Feel free to email me more details. kamiyatara@gmail.com

  3. Hang in there Tara!!!! Living in a foreign country is not EASY…that’s the truth(regardless of the location you are in, there will always be something that will be a source of discomfort and annoyance). At least you have a beautiful son and husband there by your side.

  4. In Hokkaido, I heard it is mandatory for houses to have central heating…I don’t know why they don’t have it in other places in Japan. Then again, Hokkaido is extremely cold!

  5. Yeah, I told my family here in Japan that these conditions are illegal in my country and they looked at me like I was nuts. There is no reason to go to work everyday and be cold in your home. What are you working for then? I plan on making my home as comfortable as possible. When we build our house none of this mess!!LOL

  6. Hello Tara,
    I have been following your blog and LOVE it. I love how you are adjusting and coping with Japan. Living in a different country seems hard enough but living in the countryside/traditional living seems even more difficult. It seems as if you are getting the raw Japanese experience. I first saw you on 4 weddings and accidentally stumbled across one of your videos yesterday (or the day before). I nearly 23 and want to be a speech language pathologist. I have changed so much. I once looked down on housewives/ stay at home moms. Now, I see it as a privilege and blessing. Women don’t realize what they’re missing out on. Why have another women or man raise your child w/values that probably differ from your own? I used to call myself a feminist but I see how feminist ideals blinded me. By the way, can you please explain why your futon got so soaked?

  7. Thanks for reading!LOL
    My Futon got nastily soaked because when you do not air it out DAILY it just sits in the sweat from your body. I thought every week was ok, but I forgot about it since this has never been a habit in America. I did not air it out for 3 weeks and Voila! Disgusting mess! Needless to say, now I sleep in a bed.

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