| by Kenneth Chase | 67 comments

My TERRIBLE Japanese Apartment Experience!

Where have you been? So I’ve lived in Japan on and off for about 8 years. I’ve lived in Nagoya, Hokkaido and Chiba. And I moved into this apartment about 8 months ago. The location is really good. It’s right at Chiba station, it’s in the shopping district. So attention stalkers now you know where to find me. So in my 8 years living in Japan, I’ve lived in 10 different apartments. And in those other 9 apartments I’ve had no problems. The buildings have been very nice and clean. Good repair, good order. All the tenants are really friendly, the management, landlord. If there is some kind of problem it gets dealt with really quickly. So when I came to this apartment I expected to have no problems. I went through a company, the biggest company in Japan for apartment rentals, Apaman shop. I told them the budget I was looking for, the location I was looking for and I told them I had pets. And they searched it out and made sure they found me an apartment So the contract part was really easy. The owner was okay with everything, I was ok with everything. I paid all my deposits I got all my signatures and you need a guarantor in Japan so I got that done. And one thing about Japanese apartments is the walls are very thin so you can usually hear everything that’s going on, on either side of you. But my neighbors seemed pretty quiet so it was pretty cool. I think I slept really well until about 2am when I heard this. Whatever. I’ve heard people cough before. It’s no big deal. Yah but this cough was a little bit extreme. I think the guy had a really bad cold. So the next day I decided to take my dog for a walk because it was the weekend. When I returned the neighbor on the other side of me the non cougher person, was and old lady and she was talking to the delivery man outside her door. I rang the bell around 10am. I was here the whole time waiting. Sorry to trouble you maam, but here’s your package. Huh? Speak up! I can’t hear you. One of my ears don’t work. If you just sign here. I’m calling the company you work for and giving you a complaint ok. Then she saw me. And Maple. and that’s when the shit hit the fan. Hello. Who are you? I moved in yesterday. I’m Oz. I’m from Canada and this is my dog Maple. No pets allowed in the building. I think this building is pets ok because that’s what my real estate agent said. Well, they’re not so get out! But I’ve signed my 2 year contract and paid all the deposits and everything it seems to be ok. The owner said it’s ok. Well I’m the superintendant of this building and I make all the decisions. So he goes. And about an hour later I decided I wanted to take a shower but apparently the water had been turned off. It was already late in the evening and the real estate company was closed and there was nobody I could contact so I had to go to 7-11 And I brushed my teeth, used the toilet and got some water for Maple and Kaede. So the next day in the morning I checked but the water was still off so I called my agent and told him what happened. And he came over and figured out someone had turned the pipes off in the hallway. The management company that managed this place decided they weren’t making any money and left, abandoned the building. so this lady that lives next door to me, volunteered to be the superintendant of the building So after the real estate guy I left I went out to shop or walk Maple or something. I can’t remember. When I got back, the water was off again. The next morning I woke up again and the water was off again so I had to back outside and turn on the water again. And this happened 3 or 4 times during the week. So I was getting annoyed and frustrated because this had nothing to do with me. It wasn’t my fault. It’s not like I didn’t inform people I had pets or anything So I contacted one of my students who I do freelance English teaching with and she’s a lawyer. this was her conversation with the old lady on the phone. My name’s Masako and I’m a lawyer representing Oz. It’s come to my attention that you’ve been turning off the water pipes. And I just wanted to let you know that tampering with public facilities and utilities is against the law. It is punishable by a fine and even jail time. Because you are the owner of your specific unit but not the entire building, I’m sorry but each owner can decide whether to have a pet or not. Also I’ve done some research and I’ve found that at least 10 units in that apartment building have pets. And I believe you also have two cats, is that correct? Yah, well cats are considering animals as well so they would be under the pet category If you do require Oz to remove his dog, the building will have to have removed all pets including your 2 cats Oh, ok. that’s what I thought. Ok, thank you and have a nice day. Then I ran into the lady the next day in the hallway and she was like “when I said no pets I meant no dogs,cats are ok” So she didn’t apologize or take any blame. But I was hoping this would be the end of the issue and there would be no problems. Boy was I wrong. So one day when I woke up and went to get my bike it was lying in the middle of the road. I thought it was weird but I thought maybe was trying to steal it or something so I picked it up and put it back in the bike parking. The next day it had been taken out of the parking and put on the street again but this time with a note saying “you can’t park here, this is only for residents and you need a permit” So I called the old lady and this is the conversation that happened. Hi, this is Oz and I need a bike permit. Oh, it’s 1200 yen a year. Ok, that’s fine. I’m sorry. I can’t give you a permit. Spaces are limited. But it’s just a big space and there’s not many bikes there. the spaces have been assigned. I’m sure one more bike can fit because more than half the lot is empty. Those places have been designated 30 years ago to people. If you didn’t live here 30 years ago you can’t have a bike spot. How is that possible because almost half the people in this building are in their 20’s and there’s some kids bikes there too so I’m sure all these people were not here 30 years ago. I’m not sure about that but I will let you know when a space opens up ok. Ok, how long will that take? Maybe a few years. Every couple of days she would knock on my door and tell me something really stupid or mundane that meant nothing to me And at the same time, every single night from midnight to 6 am, the guy next to me was having a coughing fit. I don’t know if he was having seizures or whatever was going on but it was like 6 months, it’s still going on it’s been 8 months now. And he’s coughing every single night. It’s like the cough that will never end. You’re from Canada right? It’s beautiful there, you should go back. don’t your family miss you? you should go back to Canada. Summer is very hot in this country. Japan is terrible. I’m sure Canada is much cooler. You’re not married are you? Japanese girls are terrible women. You can’t trust them. You should find a nice Canadian girl. Pick up your dog when you’re in the elevator. This neighborhood is watching you so make sure you pick up your dog poop ok. What’s that sound? Don’t you be drilling holes in the wall ok. Don’t leave your door unlocked. The lady from 803 steals. I was actually considering moving out of my apartment. When one day a miracle happened. And usually I leave my dog and cat in the living room area and there’s a sliding door I close, but that day I’d forgot so they actually got out into the hallway and they were right inside the entrance to my door called the genkan. they were both sitting there I could hear my dog and cat barking and meowing. And guess who was right outside my door listening to them. Yah that crazy old lady. She said “is that a cat I hear with your dog?” So I didn’t know what to do but I could really lie so I said “yah, that’s my cat kaede.” And I was expecting a tongue-lashing from her but instead she said this. Can I see her? Ok. A calico cat. She looks like mine. So beautiful. And her and Maple don’t fight? No they’re actually best friends! Maple is the best dog I’ve ever met. All it took was a cat. And from then on this is how our interactions went. This is for Maple. It’s a treat and he will like it. Remember, it’s getting cold so make sure you keep a blanket out for your dog and cat Maple is so quiet and well trained, how come he’s so smart? Oh look at Maple! He’s so happy when he sees me. He thinks I’m his best friend doesn’t he? And then she never bothered me again about garbage or moving to Canada or whatever like leaving this apartment building or anything. And all thanks to this little girl! Right? We’re living her because of you! What do you got to say? She’s speechless. So I guess the moral of this story is that sometimes Japanese people, especially older people don’t know how to interact or communicate properly with foreigners especially So sometimes patience is required. Overtime with more interaction and once they get to see you’re not some alien from another planet but a regular human being Things start to work out, usually. And about the coughing guy… He’s still doing his thing but whatever, no place is perfect. So that’s the story of my terrible Japanese apartment which started off terrible but is actually pretty good. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to thumbs up if you like this video and share! Also leave any comments you want and if you haven’t already, subscribe so you don’t miss any of my videos because they’re awesome, Ozzy Awesome. Take care, see you next time. Peace!


Sylvia Lehman

Nov 11, 2016, 3:51 am Reply

Hilarious !I loved it so much ! LOL

Chauncey Smith

Nov 11, 2016, 4:15 am Reply

sounds like you had a rough bit but i'm glad everything worked out.

Otravez 39

Nov 11, 2016, 4:53 am Reply

One question: why so many different places to live? Ten times in eight years. Something wrong there.

Nazareth Serrao

Nov 11, 2016, 5:02 am Reply

Wow that old lady has some hairy ass arms lol


Nov 11, 2016, 6:12 am Reply

God I feel so so bad. When you were like "then one day a miracle happen", the first thing I thought was oh shit old lady died. Glad she's ok and turned out to be cool…

Marlissa Cunningham

Nov 11, 2016, 6:14 am Reply

Maybe the guy next to you has a chronic disease like bad asthma, or COPD, or cystic fibrosis..

But yeah….how do you get a crazy old cat lady to like you? Show her your cat, lol. I figured she was afraid the dog would try to chase her cat at some point or do something to do the cat. It may be an unfounded fear, but I've found people who are cat people who have a natural hatred toward dogs generally it's fear.


Nov 11, 2016, 6:40 am Reply

the lawyer is making a conversation with an inverted phone tahaha


Nov 11, 2016, 6:40 am Reply

So what are your monthly expenses like?

joseph llanas

Nov 11, 2016, 6:42 am Reply

god dam u should of just talked to the old bitch and told her bitch dont fuck with me just cause u indian man ozz u too nice just cause their japanese and people think they nice dam if that was my mom she would have fight the old bitch shit my mom does not let no one mess with her .

joseph llanas

Nov 11, 2016, 6:44 am Reply

shit if that was my mom she would fight the old bitch cause my mom dosn't let no one mess with her she will put them in their place .

Goldberry Bombadil

Nov 11, 2016, 7:12 am Reply

I have a crazy old Italian lady living next door that used to harass me. Until one day, she got a dog and I started talking to her dog and loving on him. Now she loves me because her dog loves me…lol..although I still do not know what she is complaining about…her accent is so thick, even though she has lived here for 40 years!


Nov 11, 2016, 7:24 am Reply

lucky you find the cat in the street 🙂

Andy Brewhouse

Nov 11, 2016, 8:00 am Reply

Older Japanese people seem to be kinda prejudice towards anyone who isn't Japanese, I'm glad this all worked out and hope it stays this way :]

Janoy Cresva

Nov 11, 2016, 8:03 am Reply

You should break your lease. SHe's obviously racist. Or you are a horrible tenant.

BakaOppai –

Nov 11, 2016, 8:12 am Reply

Looks like apple built your phone upside down. Those idiots.

ライトJapanese Library

Nov 11, 2016, 8:20 am Reply

Nice – Here is a new JVlogger Generation 🙂 https://youtu.be/Zbe_65woPGE

Chrys Hansen

Nov 11, 2016, 10:05 am Reply

Absolutely your best video. Terrific acting. 1000 thumbs up!

Gorilla No Baka

Nov 11, 2016, 2:05 pm Reply

holly shit


Nov 11, 2016, 2:14 pm Reply

all it took was a bit of pussy ;} (cat that is)


Nov 11, 2016, 2:34 pm Reply

weird story man|


Nov 11, 2016, 3:14 pm Reply

I think that's just old people behavior generally. They think they can get away with anything, lol. Fortunately, the old neighbors I had loved me for no reason. I got free fruits in the morning, and the old lady gave me hugs, lol. I miss them…

Dax Hallman

Nov 11, 2016, 3:31 pm Reply

Lease saves the day!


Nov 11, 2016, 3:37 pm Reply

Hahahah, this was the best story! I was laughing so hard at "yeah, cats are animals too, so they would be in the pet category…" Great video!


Nov 11, 2016, 3:40 pm Reply

Crazy cat lady, that figures.

FIGHTFANNERD9.I’m Gay for Moonbin

Nov 11, 2016, 5:46 pm Reply

sounds terrible wtf


Nov 11, 2016, 7:24 pm Reply

This is such a great story! Thankyou for sharing!


Nov 11, 2016, 1:45 am Reply

My goodness… this video was too funny. That acting, had me in tears. Great video! 😀 I guess it's easy to play the part when you experience it first hand on a daily basis!


Nov 11, 2016, 9:39 am Reply

So you had a fun year! That sucks
At least she's on your side now

Jennifer Schroen

Nov 11, 2016, 10:27 am Reply

All thanks to a cat, love it!!!!


Nov 11, 2016, 3:45 pm Reply

you have so much more patience than me.

Plus you have a cat. And I don't.


Nov 11, 2016, 6:46 pm Reply

Oz, what's the average salary for a person living in a big city in Japan? what's the average cost of an apartment? I guess the remainder goes to food! ?


Nov 11, 2016, 6:56 pm Reply

Thank you, Maples!!!!


Nov 11, 2016, 1:36 am Reply

Sad part? Those coughing sounds were exactly how I sounded these past few days.

Daisy Mouri

Nov 11, 2016, 12:07 pm Reply

I thought the miracle was gonna be that she dropped dead. Damn!


Nov 11, 2016, 5:39 am Reply

Wow you've lived in 10 apartments! I bet you've seen all the best and worst of Japanese apartments lol!


Nov 11, 2016, 4:36 am Reply

I love the way you tell stories!! This was so fun to watch! Lol


Nov 11, 2016, 4:10 pm Reply

永遠にw ひどい管理人(笑)ですね

Miyuki Kawano

Nov 11, 2016, 12:41 pm Reply


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Nov 11, 2016, 2:42 am Reply

WOW!! can we say RACISM boys and girls!!!!


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Hulda Sukunimi

Nov 11, 2016, 4:09 pm Reply

I'm amazed how polite and patient you are! Hope the guy stops coughing sometime… really funny video man! Laughed a lot!

ドン・ウゴDon Hugo

Nov 11, 2016, 11:17 pm Reply

Wow Ozzy you were lucky. I thought cats were useless now I'm changing my mind.


Nov 11, 2016, 10:30 pm Reply

Magic Neko Kaide!

Carlos Santiago

Dec 12, 2016, 3:09 pm Reply

LOL that Phone though, holy sht you lived threw that? hahahaha Thank you Maple. Love it


Dec 12, 2016, 1:36 am Reply

So awful for you. You did a hilarious job.


Dec 12, 2016, 4:00 am Reply

Masako is the HBIC

Sister Discordia

Jan 1, 2017, 6:08 am Reply

cat people unite!!!

AK Mike

Feb 2, 2017, 9:53 am Reply

If I were to live there for 2 years, I'd buy some sound deadening foam panels and cover the one wall to keep out the coughing.


Feb 2, 2017, 9:00 pm Reply

it seems like she was afraid your dog would bother her cats? She's a crazy cat lady.

Meh Apl

Feb 2, 2017, 8:01 pm Reply

oh man. glad at the end you just need a cat… and the world is in peace. she got the picture in her mind, dog attack cats (here cat could be attacked) all the negative stuff with dogs are not trained.

so if you have problems … get out the cat of your pocket.

Meh Apl

Feb 2, 2017, 8:06 pm Reply

so you have a gun…. next time if he cough … bam bam in the air

Meh Apl

Feb 2, 2017, 8:10 pm Reply

why are cats tail short in jp?
…see it alot in jp YouTube videos.

Claudia H.

Feb 2, 2017, 7:44 pm Reply

OMG, how did I miss this video? This was an incredible story. I can't believe you had to go thru that.. totally insane. PS: I would drop off a bag of cough drops at your neighbor's door. Great video; loved it!


May 5, 2017, 8:56 am Reply

That's definitely a horrible experience! Your reenactment was hilarious. Totally made my day! ?


Sep 9, 2017, 4:20 am Reply

hufflepuff ftw ozzy!!

al G.

Sep 9, 2017, 11:42 pm Reply

Sooo bad situation ???

Turner Wright

Oct 10, 2017, 11:40 am Reply

No, the moral of the story is to always have a cat around!

kazenokai lee

Oct 10, 2017, 3:09 am Reply

I'm coming to find you Ozzy!!! @[email protected]

Anne Travel

Apr 4, 2018, 5:49 pm Reply

Thank you. I am preparing to retire in Tokyo from Colorado USA. I appreciate your candid and straightforward posts.

Neriz Dela Peña

Jul 7, 2018, 3:11 pm Reply

Like your video bro, like your sense of humor. Everything. But i still like japan. That crazy old lady is really really really crazzzzyyy ?


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Linda Rivera

Dec 12, 2018, 9:56 pm Reply

Lmao awesome story! All it took was a cat crazy old lady?

hachidori 106

Jan 1, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

maybe a little inconvenient for you but maybe Chigusadai danchi? … it has bus service and Tendai monorail station is nearby,… (and there's a grocery store in the complex)


Jul 7, 2019, 4:28 am Reply

"She's speechless." Aw, so cute.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

The coughing guy had emphysema or something. I've had stuff like that too. Right now we have a screaming toddler down the hall. I mean 24 hours a day. The mother looks like a zombie. I don't know how she hasn't killed herself yet. My son said to the mother, "I think your child is possessed." She said "Yes, I know." He said "No, I mean you should seek help from a priest." and she said "I think he's just troublesome." I can't believe she didn't get angry. Obviously, she's heard this suggestion before!

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