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We are Aroni and Yuki in Kyoto Japan!
ARONI; born 1980, from Aotearoa, came to Japan by chance in 2006. If you mash it up, he's been here for around 11 years. He never studied Japanese so, it's pretty rusty and uncouth but good enough to conduct business in Japan.
YUKI; born 1990, from Nihon, been to Australia and New Zealand, loves Thailand, Korea and Taiwan, wants to start her business making arts and crafts in the style of steampunk. Her English is really good.
How we can make your experience great in Japan:
We live separately and happily. Our main house can support another person. Nearby, we have one of the most awesome bathhouses that allows tattoos with a bit of negotiation. There's a super local bar that we are friends with. There is a traditional bathhouse like the one from Spirited Away that is converted into a restaurant. There are a million temples nearby. We know local business owners personally so we can introduce you into the community.
Our house is an old Machiya style house, situated north of Kyoto. When I say old, I mean about a hundred years old and it shows. There have been renovations that give the place a rustic look and homely traditional Japanese atmosphere. If you come, you'll get your own somewhat private room and space, but we'd rather you use the whole house as though it were yours. Somewhat private means it is only separated to another kind of storage and sleeping room by a curtain. During the interview process, because of the constant changes and renovations, I will give you a video tour of the house so you can see the exact condition of what your stay will be like before you come so there will be no surprises and you'll know exactly what to expect.
You will be receiving a key to our personal house. You do have permission to bring friends over if I can gauge that you are a responsible person through the interview process. So, lets keep that part honest and real.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Aroni's goal in life is to save culture any way he can. He made a web site to basically make events about cultural exchange. It's relatively new and its all about getting the locals here to meet people from over seas and to share their stories and culture.
Aroni can teach you Japanese if you are learning and he knows Kyoto and Japan quite intimately. He can tell you how to get around and about some of the differences to help you understand Japanese culture.
You'll need to keep the place generally tidy and make sure the dishes and laundry are done.
Garbage needs to be taken out and mail needs to be sorted.
Small renovations and repairs need to be need to be done.
Aroni recently made a web site.He'll need help finding and going to interesting places, festivals and events in Kyoto to do research, talking to people and writing about the experience on the page as a blog post.
He'll also need help setting up the events.
If you have any coding experience or development experience, and if you have a working holiday visa, there may be paid work for you depending on when and what projects are happening at the time.
English, Japanese, Bit of Maori
Your room is private but does not have a door or lock. You'll get a large traditional Futon. You have a lot of luggage / storage space, a table and chair and closet space.
It is a run down Machiya that is in dire need of love and attention. We have two air conditioners, heaters, a small kitchen, an outside men's urinal and a traditional Japanese squatting toilet. You'll have to get used to that.
It's very small compared to western houses. Our house touches our next door neighbours house so noise needs to be kept to a minimum at night. We can party a bit on Fridays and Saturdays as long as we not spread the noise outside.
There is a supermarket across the road. The shower is kind of tight spaced but it is enough just to keep yourself clean.
There is a very nice public bath down the road for 430yen with outdoor open air baths and saunas.
You'll have unlimited wifi to watch whatever in the highest definition.
We have a guitar, an ukulele, a digital keyboard interface for Garageband and a spare computer and desk for you to use.
Whatever else we can provide, we'll do our best.
You must be an honest person.
You must be able to listen and have back and fourth conversations.
You must be culturally sensitive.
You get into video games.
You like exercise and being outside.
You like meeting people and putting yourself out there.
You are musical and consider the people who listen.
You play Magic The Gathering.
You generally enjoy life and want to help in some way.
We'll help you with anything you need to make your way around the city and generally have a good time.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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