「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion
Upon coming back from my trip to Japan in summer of 2014, I returned to this apartment where I spent one final year living in Davis. My previous housemates had moved on to face other parts of life, so this year I had two brand new housemates that I had arranged ahead of time. They were really good and quiet people, so the year went by without any trouble. I hope that I was a good housemate to them too. The state of the apartment in the photos below were as of July 2015, one month before I leave this city. You can compare how my space in the living room looked like one year prior in 2014 and how the apartment in general have changed since 2013.
A view towards what I consider the front of the room. The layout have not changed, but each area has evolved over time. Having lived in this space for almost a year, I believe that you can see the life that this space possesses, inherited from my expression of the things I am passionate about.
Here is a close-up of the main desk area. Of course, the desk is decorated with figures, but I also used the window sill to display some stuff. Underneath the window sill is a hook that I used to hang my headphones. The video walkthrough goes over essentially the same things as the rest of the photos below, but gives you a better idea of how the apartment is arranged.
Another look at the front of the room where I spend most of my time. The walls are now fully decorated with various things, like calendars and tapestries.
This kotatsu/TV area is where I play video games and occasionally watch anime. I personally think that the row of Hatsune Miku straps right above the TV was a nice touch, if I may say so myself. Sadly, two of the characters on the ToLove-Ru poster are covered up most of the time.
What you see here is actually a chair I made to sit at the kotatsu. During long gaming sessions, not having anything to lean your back on can really suck. I welded the metal frame together and used the heat to burn the metal into different colors. Then, I put this Toaru Kagaku no Railgun cushion on it. I could have done a better job with the design of it, as it is not exactly that comfortable, but it works. The gray blanket moves between this floor chair and my desk chair depending.
The head of the bed is now outfitted with shelves of manga for my reading pleasure. My PS Vita and games are also within arm’s reach. ここは天国・・・
The rest of this wall is also a little more decorated than before. If I had some fake vines and leaves, I would totally enhance the display of Lock Seeds.
This coffee table at the end of my bed was, by far, messiest spot in my room all year long. What you see above is after I organized all the junk that was on it. I initially intended this to be my modeling table, but I quickly found out that I didn’t like sitting on the cold, hard, dirty floor with nowhere to put my legs.
Instead, this became my plastic modeling area as I realized that I haven’t drawn anything in ages. The 2 large sheets of character design material were actually prints I bought in Japan, and not something I drawn. I am nowhere that good yet. The same applies to any other prints not in black and white.
While I am very neat most of the time, things get hectic when it comes to plastic models. On top of needing more space, I didn’t want to scratch my glass table with the tools, so this portable table on the side fit my needs perfectly.
Turn around and this is what I consider the back of the room. Walk around to the right for the kitchen or to the left for the hallway. This back wall used to be much much more cluttered with stuff and junk, such as an old TV and a sofa no one used anymore. All that remains that you see here are mine, although I technically consider my 3 wall room to end at the wall next to the bed to the front door by the glass table.
I know that this shelf definitely caught someone’s attention, so here is a close-up. It should be no surprise that Gundam 00 is one of my favorite Gundam series, but I also really like Unicorn and Build Fighters. Why don’t I have any models from them? Actually, now I do, but I haven’t built them.
The kitchen (left) and hallway plus bathroom (right) haven’t changed much besides being more clean perhaps. The second room down the hall used to be my room prior to moving out to the living room. Skipping to something more interesting, I will show you my closet, which is the set of sliding mirror doors in the hallway.
The top shelf of my closet is where I put my figure boxes. Most of these were moved here from my parent’s place. Only a few were recently purchased during my year here. It may look like that is a lot of figures, but it really isn’t… right? I mean, all of them fit on my desk with plenty of room to spare and no crowding.
There are other levels of shelving in the closet, but these only take up half the width of the closet on the left side, with the right side used for clothing. On one of those levels is where I put my plastic models’ boxes. Underneath that are a whole bunch of painting supplies. Then followed by a lot of miscellaneous junk and tools.
That is all for the tour around my 2nd apartment in Davis during 2015. This apartment was pretty good to me. I had a lot of fun being here, in addition to not so fun times, but the good outweigh the bad. Many thanks to my housemates for being so kind and quiet. This year definitely would not have been the same without them. Thank you for reading, and that concludes my time here in Davis, California.