Life in Tokyo

My room in Tokyo


About this time last year, we went to Tokyo and hung out at our friend’s place at Odaiba. It’s the Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC), residence halls built for graduate students and researchers who are studying here.


On the way there, Reza was telling me how cool this kaikan is because of its location. It’s located at Odaiba, the island near the Tokyo bay famous for its waterfront, beach, large parks and its close proximity to malls and amusement parks. It looks like an ideal place to live just 15 minutes away from the city center by rail. Depending on the hall you’re residing in, from TIEC you can get a view of Rainbow and Bridge Tokyo Tower or the Mount Fuji!


As we were leaving TIEC this one time, walking at the park near the halls, he was inspired:

“Babe, best gila. Kita sambung study kat Tokyo lah! Then duduk sini.”


Well, 6 months later I received the news that I won the scholarship from the embassy. Guess where my accommodation in Tokyo was set?


Yep, it’s TIEC.

There were other options offered to us scholars, but of all the kaikan, TIEC is relatively close to the school (less than 45 mins by rail), is a bargain for the size and facility it provides and has a good community.

So I confirmed my application and got a studio at a residence hall in Odaiba with the door facing the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower woohoo 😀 It’s pretty spacious for a studio in Tokyo — its got a kitchen, walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom.

The unit was close to bare when I first stepped inside. There were basic furniture like study desk, shelves and chairs as well as a bed and the room was equipped with a fridge, microwave oven, stove, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board. Though some of the things were 10 years old but they’ll do.


Since Reza was with me, he guided me on the things that I should get for my new place. Afterall he’s lived here for years. Got myself carpets, fluffy pillows, cushions, hangers, cutleries, pots and pans, appliances, toiletries and bathroom accessories. Things to make me feel more like home.


Guess this will do for now.

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    January 13, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    lovely place

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    Dina Maria Simamora
    August 10, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Hi Mia, I enjoy reading your blog, especially about Japan. TIEC would be my home for a year starting this Oct, so I’m really curious about it. I heard that the rule here is so strict that we can’t even let our family to stay for a night in our room, is that true? The thing is, my husband probably will visit me for several days. So, he had to stay in hotel? How was your experience? Thank you for sharing.

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      jason d
      December 1, 2018 at 11:41 AM

      Hey Dina, I followed other blogs as well, and found you asking the same question: can we let a close one stay over a night if they are visiting us?
      I wonder if you found the answer. If you did, please let me know. I am gonna apply for the dorm, and this would affect my decision. Kindly could you let me know? Thank you lots in advance 🙂

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        February 4, 2019 at 2:54 PM

        Hi both, it’s strict but we actually do it. Key word: discretion.

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