The rent of my apartment includes utilities, which means I can use them as much as I want. Since it’s murderously hot everyday, I’ve spent most of time inside my air-conditioned apartment, working for music and watching America’s TV shows. A few days ago, there was a note in my mailbox from the management company of this apartment.
It said that even though it’s utility-included, my usage has been so excessive that they may charge me unless the usage drops to an ordinary amount.
Well, I do have my say on this. First of all, I need air-conditioning more because my room is a duplex apartment and the roof is merely nailed iron plates that conduct heat extremely well. It’s their fault, not mine.
Secondly, who decides the ordinary amount? Japanese people are obsessed to categorize everything and they don’t allow someone or something sticks out. I hate to be categorized and fight against it all the time here. They should accept there is someone who works at home during the night and sleeps in the daytime.
Thirdly, the note asked me to care about the environment. They must think using the word ‘environment’ makes them a saint. It was them who had chosen iron plates for the roof! Before they start charging me, I really need to get out of this apartment…
Episode From Surviving in Japan / Hidemi Woods
How terrible. You’re right it’s “murderously” hot. I can’t take it anymore. My body is usually suffering because of heatstroke so it’s awful every day. I have my windows open because I don’t have air-conditioning. I have the opposite problem in winter because my house is a very small unit and has no surrounding neighbours so I don’t get insulated on all sides. Which means lots of heaters.