My 500 sf apartment [50 sm] is in a very nice part of Yokohama. The building is modern and full of cool things worth sharing.
Key Card. Upon arrival at the apartment, a swipe of the key card to gets you in the building. At that time, a light appears if you have any packages. A swipe of the key card calls the elevator. Then once in the elevator, another swipe of the key card gets you to your floor and only to your floor. I don’t have any security concerns but if I did, this would definitely make me feel better. I’m certain that after getting to the room with groceries, it was the intent to make it as easy as possible.
Card holder. Japan is extremely efficient and green so in order for the lights to work, the key card needs to be in the holder at the front of the apartment. Some international hotels have this feature but for me, this also serves as a way never to lose my flat key.
Call button. Ok, admittedly, I have never lived in a big city so I’ve not seen a call button system before but this one is video. Of course, the first time I got a package, I accidentally hit the emergency button over and over and it had to be unlocked by a security guard. [Future blog post on my other emergency call button issue.]Shower room/Bath tub/dryer. The bathroom took some getting used to. The door opens to mirrored space next to a tub. The shower handle is on a hook that about reaches my neck. Above the tub is a fan the strength of a full-size hair dryer which is used as a clothes dryer. There is a custom cover for the top of the tub that would serve as a drying rack stand (if I bought a drying rack).
Induction stove. I have 1 saute pan and 1 sauce pan so I shouldn’t care but induction stoves are cool.
Views of Mount Fuji. Posted previously but waking up to see Mount Fuji is a definite cool part of my flat.
The piece de resistance – Toilet. This past summer, I couldn’t figure out how to change the heated seat setting which was awful but now that the weather has cooled, it’s great.