Life in the Tatami Galaxy

by dm00

Imagine a long tracking shot down this hallway (photo from CNNgo)

A college dorm built in 1913, unmaintained for years, because the university wants to tear it down (a similar move in Tokyo in 2001 required over 500 security guards and staff to drag reluctant residents from that dorm).

Maybe thirty years ago it was in good enough shape to be Greenwood.

Check the CNN article’s comments for a note from a past resident of the dorm.

8 Responses to “Life in the Tatami Galaxy”


  1. 1 2DT May 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I’m simultaneously appalled and intrigued. I… I kinda want to go. And sleep on that filthy floor.

    God, I might. Thanks for the tip.

    • 2 dm00 May 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      It occurs to me that I should have compared this dorm to the one that Honey and Clover’s Takemoto, Morita, and Mayama live in, too. Plus a little Maison Ikkoku.

      When I was an undergraduate I lived in a house not so very different. It was autonomous and self-managed. We did have organized clean-ups just prior to the beginning of each semester, and the common areas were much cleaner — even at the end of the semester. Part of that was that it really was autonomous — we also did maintenance. Since it was an engineering college, we had people who knew how to do stuff, or who would jump in and figure out how, at any rate.

  2. 3 animelovers411 May 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    thats cool , and intrigued at the same time

  3. 4 Myssa Rei May 28, 2010 at 3:47 am

    My mind boggles at how people could still continue living in the place. I mean, having dirt-cheap rent is one thing, but it’s as close as living in a shanty here in the Philippines, which is bound to be unpleasant in so so many ways.

  4. 5 phossil May 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Students still uses that dorm??

    • 6 dm00 May 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      Well, rent is only 2500Yen (about $28 USD) per month, some may find the savings difficult to resist, particularly if they’re living on a tight budget.

  5. 7 Michael June 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

    That is quite cheap. I’m living at an apartment for four times that price, but at least everything’s new here.🙂


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