Come for a PhD, tear down a house

Accommodation in Kyoto can be tricky and expensive.  Many apartments require a deposit, key money (non refundable, usually equivalent to 1 or 2 months rent), a guarantor, and come unfurnished.  I was lucky to be introduced to Expo House (by Fareea) when I first came here.  On my first stay I rented a room in one of several Expo House ‘share houses.’   I had my own room and shared the kitchen, living room, and bathroom with the other three residents of the house.  Now I stay in an apartment managed by the same owner, Yusuke-san.

Yusuke-san on a pile of debris ready to be sent to the recycle center.

Yusuke-san on a pile of debris ready to be sent to the recycle center.

Yusuke-san has 8 Expo Houses now and is renovating an old kimono factory into a cafe/hotel/share-house.  I needed some spending money to cover my research trip costs and signed up when Yusuke-san put out a call for some part-time workers.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been demolishing walls, dismantled a freight-lift, jack-hammered concrete floors, pulled down ceilings and have moved tons of material into Yusuke’s truck.

 

It has been great fun to do some manual labour, to see some daily progress in my work and to feel physically exhausted at the end of the day.  But, soon its back to the computer and my desk at the lab.  🙂

The front of the building - built in the early 1970s.

The front of the building – built in the early 1970s.

 

Ground floor interior before we cleared out the left over junk, pulled down the ceiling, and cleared out the rest of the lift.

Ground floor interior before we cleared out the left over junk, pulled down the ceiling, and cleared out the rest of the lift.

 

2 responses to “Come for a PhD, tear down a house

  1. Anne Kassem

    Dear Ken, now I see what you are doing.  That is a big job.  I hope he is going to insulate all the apartments.  Love, M.

  2. WOW! Back breaking stuff 😦 but good for venting!

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