I’ve held a regular drivers license in Japan for years, but because Mr. J and I have yet to seriously consider buying a car, a used scooter my previous company expensed for me to drive had been my main mode of transportation going on seven plus years. Then a few months ago I’d been having trouble getting the engine to start, and finally last week I decided to bite the bullet and say goodbye to my little companion. This left me in need of a new (used) scooter and a way to somehow give up the old one, preferably all under the budget of 80,000 yen ($800 USD). And so my quest for a new ride began, which I decided to document for anyone else who is looking to buy their first scooter or another one secondhand.
So you’ve settled on your new pad, moved in, and now there’s empty or mostly empty walls staring back at you. What to do? Thankfully, you’ve got a lot of options. Japan is home to some of the smallest living spaces in the modern world, and every year furniture and interior design companies come out with new and creative ways to make the most of your space.
If you’ve got the budget, anything is possible. Even if you don’t, you’re not out of luck. Here are some ways to maximize your budget when furnishing your new home: