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Japanese Lifestyle Experiment: Day 1

So Keat and I decided to "live Japanese" for a while, just to see how we can do it and what it is like.

The Rules

With that being said, here are the rules that we are setting in place for at least the next 30 days:
  1. No Dishwasher: That's right. We will be hand-washing everything. Even though throughout all of the houses that we looked at 4 years ago, this house was the only house that had a dishwasher, we are going to try to not use it.
  2. No Stove: Since most Japanese houses/apartments don't have stoves, we will be using a 5th Eye only. We found out that ours kind of sucks, so we may need a better one.
  3. No Oven: Most Japanese apartments/houses don't have ovens, only toaster ovens. So we will be trying our best to reduce (if not eliminate) our oven-usage.
  4. Only using one side of our kitchen: Let me explain: our kitchen is fairly huge compared to most Japanese apartments, so we are reducing our usage to only one side: the sink side. It will drastically reduce our counterspace, but we think it may be a bit better (if we don't kill each other first for the space).
  5. No Dryer: We will be using our washer to wash clothes, but we will be drying them on our back porch. Mainly, so we can reduce our electricity usage because of the dryer, but also to get used to drying our clothes outside (although with Winter sneaking up, that may not be the best idea)

That's everything for right now.
Our kitchen setup
Our kitchen setup - everything off of the good counter
The GOOD side of the kitchen
The GOOD side of the Kitchen that we are going to use
Our first night hand-washing dishes
Our first night hand-washing dishes

The Interim Results

Since we technically started this experiment last night, here's what we've learned so far:
  • Cooking hasn't changed much. However, the counter space is very small, but that's okay for a 5th eye, a rice cooker, and some prep space.
  • Our 5th eye sucks! (See above) We have an electric 5th eye that we picked up a few years ago, but haven't really used it. We started boiling some water to make some home-made Mirin, and by the time we made the Mirin (which should have been a 5 minute ordeal), the rice was completely cooked (which takes 30 minutes). So we are doing some research to find a new one.
    5th eye sucks!
    We are just now starting to cook the meat, while the rice has been done for about 5 minutes
  • Cleaning all of the dishes is a bit hard, but the good news is that it all gets done in roughly 10-15 minutes!
    All the dishes!
  • We are reducing the amount of dishes we are using to cook and eat! Which means less to clean! (Well, mostly)
  • Our Town came by and recorded our power and water usage at the beginning of our experiment (which was lucky for us). According to our average power/water usage, our utility bill is $140. Hopefully, in 30 days, our power bill will be a fraction of that!
    Our Power Bill at the beginning

That's everything we've learned so far. More reports later, and (hopefully in 30 days) there is a comparison report!

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