關於Sharehouse|About My Sharehouse|シェアハウスについて

我現於清水五条的Sharehouse|My current  sharehouse at Kiyomizu Gojo|今私が住んでいる、清水五条におけるシェアハウス

我現於清水五条的Sharehouse|My current sharehouse at Kiyomizu Gojo|今私が住んでいる、清水五条におけるシェアハウス

 

一個人來日本生活,先要解決住的問題。以前去英國留學,住的是大學宿舍,都沒真正試過自己弄住屋的事情。而且在日本生活有各種各樣的規則,因此出發前看了很多資料,然後決定了租下現在位於京都市東山區清水五条的Sharehouse 的房間。

外國人在日本要租屋很困難,以幾人分租一間屋的形式出租的Sharehouse ,不但有短期租約,豁免各項租金以外的額外收費和手續,屋裡基本設備也一應俱全,當然就成了短期停留人士最方便經濟的方案。

但是Sharehouse 的最大特點,是能夠讓年輕人共同過合居的生活。這種近年冒起的合居摸式,暫時只在大城市比較普及。我第一次聽說這玩意,是在行定勲2010年的電影《同栖生活》(原文:パレード)中。

因此我是抱着萬般期待的來到了。

房子距大街不遠,但是周遭都是民居的關係,非常安靜。基本上我都不怎麼看到人,也聽不見人聲…… 就是這一點已跟香港很不同。

二層高的木建房子,樓下是廚房、洗手間和浴室,中間一道樓梯通往二樓三間睡房和一間起居室。我住的裡房是鋪了畳畳米的和式房間。由於是木建的關係,只要稍為動一下,或是出入房間,就整間屋都能聽到,因此即使在家裡也得經常小心翼翼,否則便會吵到同屋住客,甚至隣家。基本上晚上十時後便不得再活動或發出聲響。只能說是很神經質、很抑壓的日本生活……

同住的是兩名瑞典來的男生,都是附近一間日本語學校的學生。本來想着大家都是外國人會比較好溝通一點,結果是每次嘗試傾談時,都變成了像是打擾了他們的一陣尷尬。不是早出晚歸,便是全天躲在房間中。我好像沒見過他們去洗澡,也不見他們洗衣服和看電視…… 反而我卻在十天內已洗晾了三次衣服,也打開過一次電視來看,但就發現頻道都還沒設定,證明根本沒有人看過。

他們結果只是住在同一間屋裡的陌生人。也許對他們來說,住Sharehouse 只是為了平宜和方便上課,而我在這異地就感到更加的孤獨了。

 

To begin one’s life in Japan, accommodation is the first thing to sort out. When I studied in London I lived in the dormitory, and I have not much experience about finding house. As there are many rules for living in Japan, so I did some research before setting off, and decided on the current sharehouse located at Kiyomizu Gojo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto.

It is very difficult for foreigners to find accommodation in Japan. Therefore Sharehouse, in the form of room share, with short term lease option, exemption from other fees and procedures other than rent, basic household appliances provided, has become the most sensible option for people intending a short stay.

However the key point of Sharehouse is for young people to live a communal life together under one roof. Recently become popular, this new life style is more prominent within bigger cities. The first time I heard about this was in Isao Yukisada’s 2010 film “Parade".

And so I have brought with me hopes and expectations when I checked in.

The house is not far from the main street, but since it is situated within a residential area it is very quiet all around. In fact I seldom see people, nor hear any. This is so different from Hong Kong.

A two-storey wooden house, with kitchen, toilet and bathroom downstairs, divided by a central staircase which leads to three bedrooms and a living room. My room at the back is a Japanese style room with tatami floor matting. As it is built by wood, any slight movement resonates throughout the whole premise, therefore one has to be very careful even inside one’s house, or else one disturbs the other residents, and even neighbours living next door. Basically any activity after 10pm is discouraged. What a neurotic, repressed Japanese life……

I share this house with two Swedish guys, who both attend a Japanese school nearby. At first I thought it will make it easier since we are all foreigners, yet whenever I try to strike a conversation, it always leads to an awkward moment, as if I have interrupted them. They are either out the majority of the day, or stay within their rooms. I cannot recall their going to the bathroom, nor washing their clothes and watching TV — while I in 10 days have already washed my clothes thrice, and tried turning on the TV for once, finding that the channels have not yet been set up, a proof that nobody ever watches it.

In the end, they are just strangers living in the same house. Perhaps they live in a sharehouse just for the cheap rent and convenience. And yet I in this strange land feel more alone than ever.

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