This Come on UP sharehouse embraces the Japanese concept of wa (harmony). We want everyone to feel at peace and to get along with each other.
The house is located on a quiet street in Kita-Ikebukuro near Ikebukuro, but you won’t have to walk far to go shopping or to get to either of the nearby stations. You can walk around the shopping streets, visit the local public bath, play in the park or try cuisines from around the world.
The people here are calmer and not hurrying around like in Ikebukuro, but they are full of spirit during festival season. You can experience how the community changes.
You will feel like you went back in time when you enter the sharehouse. Before you is an open area with tatami mats. You can bask in the sunlight peeking through from the windows. You can talk with your friends or watch TV together on the sofa or zabuton (floor cushions). You and your housemates can also sit around the table and play games or share a few drinks and get to know each other. When the tatami mats transition to tile, you have entered the kitchen. No need to worry about bumping into anyone while you cook. Besides the bathroom, the rest of the floors are wood.
If you would like some time for yourself, you can feel serene in your own room. Like the rest of the house, it is in traditional Japanese style.
At the monthly house meeting led by the house manager, housemates can discuss the distribution of cleaning duties and house rules over dinner. Sometimes another sharehouse can join in. We can all catch up on each other’s lives. Communication is always possible. There is a LINE group for the housemates and house manager.