Cockroaches and self-discovery: life in a gaijin house.
Living in Tokyo is not easy. Yet many young foreigners, the gaijin, choose to live there. For Westerners, the shock might be harder and the fall, unavoidable. Aren't we all someone else's foreigner?
First step: finding a place to stay. Complicated. Often by necessity, but also by choice, those without money or stability live in gaijin houses, more or less decrepit rental houses shared with total strangers, both foreigners and Japanese, with whom they share nothing more than being in a transit situation. To live in a bubble. In between here and there and, consequently renting a room nowhere.
Strange strangers, superposed, funny, complex. Piled up in unusual houses made for unusual people. Piled up like the things they accumulate in their bubble-rooms. Piled up like Tokyo. And loving it.
Reporter(s): Catherine Vidal
Producer: Catherine Vidal2009
Length: 55 minColour
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