A Failed Visit To Our Old Apartment (2005-05-22)
The Chitose-Funabashi train station has a complete facelift and no
longer looks like the shabby run-down structure we used to
know. The new station is spacious, clean and modern. They
have added two more tracks to the station making the new wide platforms
look even wider.
After a four-year's absence, the small shopping street there hasn't
changed much. Most of the shops are still there and a handful of
new ones have sprung up. We took a walk around the station and
the side streets before we turned into the street where our old
apartment building with its large parking lot was.
We were getting quite excited as the address approached but the
excitment soon turned into one huge disappointment. The building
and the car park were gone! The spot has been replaced by several
houses. There are three brand new small houses in the front and a
couple more at the back. The disappointment then turned into disbelief
when we saw the name plate on one of the houses bearing KL's
ex-colleague's name! His Japanese friend had mentioned buying a
newly-built house in Chitose-Funabashi a few months earlier, but KL
never imagined it would stand on our
Who would have thought we went all the way back to the old suburb to
visit our apartment only to see KL's friend's brand new house!
Out of 12 million residents in Tokyo, what is the chance of someone KL
knows moving to our old address? Just amazing.
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