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Dec 25

There’s Another Train, There Always Is

So Kanazawa city is behind us now; we’ve just boarded the second of two trains that will carry us to Washizu; the city near Hamamatsu in which we’ll spend the night.

 

I’m not going to go through and do some travelogue.  The photos I’ve posted on Facebook and (shortly) on SmugMug will convey the general sense of the proceedings.

 

A few observations:

Kanazawa: as the saying goes, you might forget your o-bento, but don’t forget your umbrella.

Hotel bathrooms: having a European-style bath now makes me feel dirty.

Onsen: you can actually dry off using just the little towel that you carry on your head in the baths.  Amazing!

Hotel Towels: Jesus, has anyone ever heard of fabric softener?  I feel like my skin has been sanded!

Trains: 6 hours on a train goes really fast when you’re used to intercontinental flights on shit airlines like JAL.

Writing: you always think  you’ll get more done than you actually do.

 

So, one more day on the road, and then back home tomorrow evening… in time for the six-day run-up to hosting the Aragaki family New Year celebration on the 2nd.

Aug 06

Update… Of DOOM!

I’m writing this on the bus to the airport … I’m about to head off to do the second leg of my summer Theatre tour.

 

I was at the house almost every day since the weekend, puttering around, finishing things up.  Of course, I’m not nearly close to finishing, but my friend Dave has taken it upon himself to finish all the waterproofing stuff before I get back, leaving only the roof for me.  We’ll see if that happens… it’s a lot of work.

 

The work on the house is happening quickly now.  I’ll post photos of the construction soon… it’s a shame I’ll miss the next bits.

 

Some bad news yesterday, though… they ripped out the bathroom walls and the tub and realized that there was a lot of rot back there.  Also, apparently the support posts are missing.  Arg.  Another 130,000 yen…  On top of that, they also discovered that the drain from the bath, the powder room sink, the washing machine, and the kitchen sink all went through the same pipe and drained into an OPEN weeping system that rings the west side of the house before it connects to the city’s sewage line.

 

Well, that partially explains the mosquitoes.  Fixing this properly would take more than we can afford (in the neighbourhood of 1 million yen), so the renovators will have to rig something.  They can’t just stick a pipe into the weeping trough, because there’s a 90 degree bend in it, which would make it prone to plugging up.  So they’re going to separate the bathroom and laundry from the kitchen drainpipes, but they will still have to drain into the weeping system.  My impression is that they’re also going to cover it up a bit more effectively than it’s covered now (just some slabs of concrete), to reduce the potential smell (grey water shouldn’t be that bad, but why take chances). 

 

Oh, and a clarification: in Japan ‘bathroom’ literally means the room with the bath in it.  Our toilets are on the other side of the house and drain separately and properly, so the weeping system isn’t going to be full of turds or anything.

 

So that’s probably another 100,000.

 

Garg.

 

Oh, and a note about how this may have happened: originally, the kitchen was the room that my office is going to be in.  When the first set of renovations were done to the house, probably in the eighties, I think the bathroom was added onto the house.  The contractors at the time re-plumbed the whole south side of the house, but simply didn’t tie the drains in properly.