While I may not have the right to vote in Japan, I most certainly do have the right to own land. This became a reality earlier today when Reiko, the boy, and I travelled to the bank to meet with the — now — previous owners of the property to formally sign all the documentation in the presence of a lawyer and transfer the remaining balance owed on the land from our account to theirs. We had paid 10% of the land value from our savings back in October when we first expressed interest, and this gave us a maximum of 90 days to finalise mortgage applications, find a house builder, and get the ball rolling to build a home.
Reiko has really put in 120% to ensure that all of the paperwork is correct and the builders can deliver what we're expecting.
It may not look like much now, but there will be a small land-breaking ceremony this coming Saturday and construction will begin on the 26th. If everything goes according to plan, the house will be finished in late March and we'll be able to move in shortly after.
The neighbourhood certainly looks to be a great one. It's close to a number of large parks that should keep Nozomi busy for years to come. A kindergarten, elementary school, and junior high school are all within a 10-minute walk. There are other families with young children in the vicinity. And, if that's not enough, there's 10Gbit fibre-to-the-home for those who wish to pay for it1.
My commute will see an additional 20 minutes added to each direction, but it's a small price to pay for such a nice place to live.
While I'd love to have this kind of broadband connection, nothing on my home network could take advantage of it. Instead, I've opted to go for a basic package with a provider that'll allow for 1Gbit Internet, 30 TV stations, and a phone line all for about $55 a month