Monday, November 28, 2011


I've never liked doing laundry, even before I moved to Japan I hated it.  However, living the last 6 years in Japan has given me a new dislike for laundry, it's really one of the few things I think we do better in the US. 
There are a couple reasons for this:
  1. Cold Water >< -  No hot or even lukewarm water washes here, its ice cold.  So of course no matter how awesome your detergent is if you've got something that's absolutely filthy your best bet is to fill your bathroom sink with hot water and wash it by hand. 
  2. No Dryers - Yes it seems completely bizarre in a place thatseems to be so technologically advanced but unless you head to a laundromat you probably won't find a dryer (and even those, I've been told, don't work very well).  Some of the new fancy washing machines have built in dryers but most people don't use them.  Why?  To save electricty of course.  We have one of those washers with a dry function, but I have never used it so I don't know if it works or not :P   This means that we hang our laundry out to dry (underpants and all).  This then brings out all the disadvantages of hanging laundry out to dry : Rainy day?  Either don't do laundry or find a place inside to hang it all up.  It probably won't dry until you're able to hang it outside, but at least hanging it will keep it from molding.  Cold and or damp day?  Yeah.... forget about wearing any of those clothes for the next 2 or 3 days.
  3. Mold - Being from Colorado where the air is dry this was something entirely new to me and I unfortunately learned the hard way, on a few occasions,  that everything here gets moldy unless you're incredibly careful.  I ruined Yosei's sunhat after a trip to the beach because I put it in a plastic bag when it as wet and forgot about it over night.  I had no idea it would happen so fast.
The first few year I lived here,before I got married  I was able to get away with a once a week (sometimes every two weeks) laundry day.  After getting married it became twice a week. Even after Yosei was born twice a week was ok (his clothes were little)  After Keia was born it became 3-4 times a week, depending on how messy the kids got.  But now with Yosei in yochien I'm washing every single day.  If it's not an entire load then I know for sure I'll be washing peices of his uniform by hand.  Usually is the short pants and button up shirt, I'm usually able to get away with just wiping down his jacket with a damp cloth (but some days not :P)  And I have to say I dread seeing his play smock every single morning when I drop him off at yochien because I can see the cleaning job gradually building up waiting for me to finally clean it at the end of the week .


  1. I found your blog through Bloggy Mom! I always love reading about different mom's lives in other areas of our beautiful world.

    I would have never guessed that you don't have hot water for your laundry and no dryers in Japan. Laundry is my least favorite chore, so I'm getting a new appreciation for my dryer!

  2. Thanks so much for reading! I'm really wishing I had appreciated my dryer more when I had one ;) Haha who knows maybe one day we'll move up to speed with the rest of the modren world when it comes to laundry :D

  3. Thank you for making me feel grateful about doing laundry! It is the little things sometimes that we miss isn't it!! Great to find your blog on bloggy moms! Welcome to the world of blogging!!

  4. I didn't have a dryer for about a year and it drove me crazy :) We have a problem with it being really damp around here also (we are right off a large river) so anything that I have up can be moldy in a couple of days! New follower from bloggy moms, look forward to your future posts!

  5. I think I'll go hug my dryer now. Never had as much appreciation for it as I do now!
    Welcome to Bloggy Moms :)