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Recently the Penpal’s family bought a new house, just down the street from the house where they have lived for over 20 years. Today I went over to help with their move.
Some of the Penpal’s relatives were helping as well. I got to meet an aunt, uncle, and cousin that I hadn’t met before. They had spent a few years living in the United States, so they could speak a bit of English. They also told the Penpal’s parents about how nice Canada was. The parents have been worried about their only daughter moving away to a strange, frozen country, so it was nice to have some extended family who could put in a word on our behalf.
I helped move boxes, trimming the giant hedge in front of the house, and then while The Penpal and her mother cooked dinner I spent about an hour chatting with her father. Somehow we managed to keep the conversation going the whole time. The whole day felt like I was becoming part of the family.
Today is Halloween! It was also my last day living and working in Kawasaki. After work I went out for a final beer at Kiosk with Anzac. I thanked him for all the good advice he gave me as a teacher and wished him the best. It was good to have one last Kiosk beer, but it only served to start my packing later.
Every time I move I realize just how much crap a person can accumulate. I spent a few hours packing by myself, then Okonomi joined me. We packed and worked on a bottle of shuchu. In retrospect, the shochu probably didn’t help productivity very much. The end result of packing was:
- 2 large suitcases
- 8 moving boxes
- a computer
- one futon mattress
- a TV
- my awesome floor couch
I also made some donations to the dozo table of things I just had no room or reason to bring with me. By the end I got two and a half hours of sleep. I hate packing!
With less than a week to go before my move, I finally started packing.
I hate packing.
The Penpal sent me an email with the details for my upcoming move. My Japanese language ability is likely not good enough to organize a mover by myself. I am sure that NOVA would offer some assistance, but having a helpful bilingual girlfriend made things much easier.
After doing some research, the Penpal found a company called One Room Hikkoshi Center. They specialize in small moves within Japan. Before my moving date on November 1, they will send boxes, a futon bag, bubble wrap, and packing tape to me at Hello House.
On the day of the move, one mover will show up with a truck at 9:00am. He will be bringing a hanger box for my clothes and a PC box for my computer. While I pack those, he will be loading the truck. The Penpal even made sure that I could ride in the moving truck instead of having to take the train to Numazu.
This is my first time hiring a mover, and thanks to The Penpal the planning couldn’t have gone better. Thanks The Penpal, you rock!