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Living guide

Well Yokodai is more than just a place to live.

It is a communal living space, run by and for housemates. You are not required to abide by any strict rules; rather, you are encouraged to contribute in whatever way you think is best for you. The house offers many things to make your stay comfortable and exciting, including gift-economy donated food and goods (there is usually leftover food on the kitchen table). For instance, one housemate might cook extra soup and leave leftovers for other housemates to enjoy. There are more donated goods in the pantry, such as teas, flour and baking goods. Other goods can be bought from the small house shop, for instance rice, beer, stationary or toiletries. The small house shop is self-service; money goes into a jar with a housemate's name written on it.

There are also activities on weekends: parties and workshops. These activities bring housemates together and let the house share in a communal spirit. Participating is a great way to enrich your experiences in Japan.

Value, Rule, Price and Living guide

We value: ・Diversity (respect each other for who they are) ・Freedom (free of obligation or constraint) ・Trust (no hostility or confrontation) However, we are not bound by these words either, and together we will try to explore the original way of being for people (homo sapiens) and value it. We feel that is the principle of permaculture that we value.

Our Simple Rule: We maintain a chemical-free farm as a general rule. Well Yokodai is a smoking-free buidling. Use of fire is strictly prohibited in bedrooms except for insence. Please refrain from everyday cooking in the bedroom (except for water kettle). We ask everyone (including man) to sit on toilet when urinating to keep it clean. Please separate recyclable from non-recyclable trash and put it in the space under the exterior staircase. Please ask the owner when using shared equipments/supplies. Rent is due at the end of the month. We ask that you submit the move out notice, 40 days prior to the move-out day that the tenant posts on the Facebook page. The tenancy agreement is renewed twice a year, the end of March and September. Guidance

We have these basic rules that have existed since the opening of the share house, but by not trying to solve problems with "everyone's rules" we keep the rules simple.

Please check more detail and price (english automatic translation).

Please check here (orginal Japanese Docs).

※please also check next version's draft from here (review and comment if you find problem).

Application form

Emergency contact form

Guest invitation guide

Paid equipment / operating cost usage form

Please write in the dryer notes or contact us on Facebook.

Facebook group

Facebook group for residents and resident OBs

Facebook group of towns hosted at Well Yokodai (transition town yokodai)

Well Yokodai official SNS page

Official Instagram page

Official Facebook Page

Instructions for living tools and equipment(β)

Please check here (english automatic translation)

Please check here (orginal Japanese Docs)

Gomi Guide: Well Yokodai’s guide to proper garbage disposal

Dealing with garbage is our collective responsibility, and it is important to dispose of things properly. Garbage must be separated according to type of material and put out for collection only on the day designated for that category. Lately, there have been a lot of instances of improperly mixed garbage. At worst, this could result in our garbage not being picked up, causing the outside garbage collection area would become a mess, which would engender criticism from our neighbors and risk the continuance of our share house.

Below is a list of the different types of garbage. Please use your own bags and separate your garbage by type (see the guide below), and then place outside in the collection area under the stairs. In the collection area, put metal/glass/PET on the left, burnable items in the middle, and recyclable plastics on the right.

Garbage Categories:

  1. Burnable Trash (A) Small paper items, tissue paper, very dirty plastics (food containers, etc.)

  2. Burnable Trash (B) Perishable items, like food waste

  3. Recyclable Plastics Plastic trays from meat, fish, etc.; shampoo and detergent bottles, plastic bags, etc. Trays, bottles, etc. should be given a quick rinse – no dirty items, please. Not all plastics are recyclable. Things like clear files, plastic basins and toys, etc., should go into burnable trash.

  4. Cans, Glass, and PET bottles This includes things like metal bins from senbei and cookies, but not aerosol spray cans. Everything needs to be rinsed clean. Only PET-type plastic bottles may go here – all other plastic bottles must go with general, recyclable plastics. Please put the following types of garbage by the back door of the kitchen.

  5. Small metal items. This includes things like screws, the cutters from plastic wrap, etc.

  6. Light bulbs

  7. Batteries

  8. Broken items (glass, pottery)

  9. Lighters

Things to pay particular attention to:

A. Don’t mix cans, glass and PET bottles with other types of trash. B. Please rinse plastic trays (from meat, fish, etc.) and put with recyclable plastics. Lately, these have mostly been going into the burnable trash by mistake. C. Aerosol spray cans and lighters may not in any case be put with any other type of trash.

The trash from under the stairs is put out on the collection day for each type of trash. Azusa, Asako, and Lisa voluntarily put the trash out, and if it has not been properly separated, they have to open up the bags and retrieve the wayward items and deal with re-sorting.

You may put your used (and rinsed) PET bottles in the cans in the kitchen, but please DO NOT put them in the bin behind the vending machine in the front yard.

There are 3 sizes of trash bags for use in the kitchen: 30 liters, 45 liters and 70 liters, and the cans are marked according to which size is correct for that particular can. When cans are full, please take out the full bag and replace it with a new bag, which you can find to the left of the big sink. If we all do our part and keep things clean and properly sorted from the beginning, the burden for everyone will be much lighter.


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