When Caleb was in Japan a couple weeks ago he was able to scout out neighborhoods a bit, look at apartments, tour schools and even attend church! I am so happy that he is able to take on the “scouting job” in addition to all the other things he has on his plate. We are happy to inform you that we have officially secured an apartment and a school for the kids! SUCH a relief!
The apartment is a ~2100 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 2 balconies, lots of sunlight, open floor plan, a parking, and 6 min walk from a major train station! It is undergoing some remodeling and updates now. You can find the apartment listing here: http://www.houserep-tokyo.com/id/17/401.
It is in an area of Tokyo called Roppongi!
“Roppongi is Tokyo’s best-known nightlife district for young Japanese and foreigners, Roppongi has more bars and nightclubs than any other district outside Shinjuku, as well as a multitude of restaurants serving international cuisine. The action continues until dawn. Nearby Nishi Azabu, once a residential neighborhood (many foreigners live here), offers a quieter and saner dining alternative to frenetic Roppongi. Between Roppongi and Nishi Azabu is the eye-popping, 11-hectare (27-acre) Roppongi Hills, Tokyo’s largest urban development with 230 shops and restaurants, a first-class hotel, a garden, apartments, offices, a cinema complex, a playground, and Tokyo’s highest art museum, on the 53rd floor of Mori Tower. Astonishingly, Roppongi Hills was upstaged in 2007 by the 10-hectare (25-acre) Tokyo Midtown, which boasts Tokyo’s tallest building, a Ritz-Carlton, a medical center, 130 fashion boutiques and restaurants, apartments, offices, a garden, and the Suntory Museum of Art. Nearby is The National Art Center, Tokyo, focusing on changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.” Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/tokyo/250115
It may be a bit different than our suburban farm life, but we are excited. This is a great international neighborhood with lots to offer and good schools! Who wants to come and visit us!?!?!?!
After applying to 4 schools, completing applications, requesting confidential letters of recommendation, kids taking entrance exams and Caleb touring 2 of the schools we felt warmly welcomed, impressed with the facilities and quality of education at Tokyo International School. Here is the school website if you want to check it out: http://tokyois.com/new/about-us/
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