Slice of Life: Gifu Kitagawa Apartments

Today I biked around and came across this apartment community nearby. Take a look – Does it look like somewhere you might want to live? What words come to mind?:

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Pretty nice, right?!

Now, what words come to mind when you hear ‘public housing’? Would you believe that these are government housing projects? (Chicago people: such as the now defunct Cabrini Green, etc.)

A week or two ago I was taking part in one of my hobbies – looking for apartments that I’m not in the market to rent! I couldn’t find too much interesting information online, but I stumbled upon this website about a government housing project in the area, and I thought it was so interesting! A few days later, I realized just how close it really was, and on my morning bike ride today I took a quick ride through the project (something I would probably not have done in any Chicago housing projects).

I couldn’t believe the difference between my home city’s housing projects and this one in Japan. It was amazing: clean, safe, happy, & bright. There’s lots of trees, bushes, flowers, nice public space to walk around and enjoy the outdoors…

There’s a kindergarten on the end of the property with the sounds of kids playing outside and some women (besides the teachers) sweeping the grounds. They greeted me with a cheerful ‘Ohaiyo Gozaimasu!’ & a smile as they moved to one side of the walkway so I could pass more easily.

Of course, this all has a lot to do with how safe Japan is overall, but even the structures are normal looking – if I didn’t already know these were government housing projects, I would not have guessed it was so. They seem like apartments that residents can be proud of. As someone who regularly saw Chicago’s public housing projects in the background on a regular basis, I really find this whole community super interesting.

What do you think?

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