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munich american high school, buena high school, univ of arizona
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kigouya
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English, Español, Português, 日本語
Hey, I'm West Japan Airbnb!!
Habikino, Osaka Prefecture, Japan · Member since December 2011

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what's so special about us?

• habikino house:
take a moment or two to browse thru the photos of all the other places on offer thru airbnb.
then take a close look at the photos on our listings—really, is there any other house like habikino house?

• our website:
before you come to japan—even if you don't choose to stay with us—be sure to check out our website, www[.]kigouya[.]com
(please remove the [ ] from around the dots when pasting the address into your browser)

the content is twofold:
• info about our activities & events, like camping, swimming, hiking, yoga, hotsprings, skiing, etc., all of which can supplement your airbnb experience very nicely.
• info pertaining to your visit, like useful tips, links & details, maps & train scheduling, etc., to help you spend the best time possible while visiting our area. again, this's for everyone—even if you choose not to stay with us at habikino house.


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who we are

we're an internationally-minded crew who make our home in southern osaka.
we're experienced at hosting & dealing with visitors from abroad, well-connected to all kinds of fun & interesting stuff going on all the year through, and professional-like in our handling of your affairs.

in habikino & nagahori:
• lawrence & tomoko
• amarai, our daughter
• shizuka, assistant
• patricia, assistant
• lucy, our noisy little miniature dachshund

in kyoto & hirakata:
• anthony & akemi

to you, the visitor, we offer not just our houses & homes, but our hospitality & know-how as well.


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about us

• lawrence
originally from the u.s. but lived for 3yrs in germany (munich) back in the early 1980s.
moved to the south of france in 1991 with the intention of staying in biarritz. however, in september of that year got sidetracked to osaka, ostensibly for a 1-month vacation.
japan in the early 1990s was a very different kind of place, and it just wouldn't let go.
to make a very long story short, i've been living the life of an expat here ever since (that's over 22 years so far!).

• tomoko
japanese, from sakai city (south of osaka, the same general area we live in now).
in 1991, after college, ran away to europe (ironically that happened to be around the time that lawrence was just arriving in japan, so there was no way to meet…).
first went to germany (lubeck) for about 3yrs, then later to spain (ibiza!!) for about 3yrs.
came back to japan in 1997 and met lawrence in 1998 pretty much by chance.
we've been together ever since!

• patricia
originally from brazil, came to japan in ______.
worked as a travel agent for ___ years.
fluent in japanese, english, portuguese & spanish.

• shizuka
works as our assistant, driver, etc., as well as parttime as an english teacher for kids.
fluent in english & japanese.

• Akemi, Anthony, & Anna (Tofukuji)
Akemi is Japanese, from Tokushima (southern island), where she grew up on an organic farm. Traveled around the world, lived in the UK and Italy, then built her own interior design business in Tokyo before moving to Osaka in 2012. She is Married to Anthony (USA), who teaches university students in Hirakata. Anthony has also lived in Switzerland and Korea, and has been hosting travelers for over 10 years. Akemi is mother to Anna (born Feb 2013), and loves living vicariously through travelers' adventures.

• amarai
born on the island of ibiza, osaka has been home since the age of two.
currently enrolled in the spanish program at a major international language university.

• lucy
our noisy—but painfully cute—miniature dachshund

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habikino house
whether it's a condo, apartment, hotel room or private residence, japan is notorious for small, cramped dwellings.
decent living space is at a minimum and very costly, as well.

japanese houses are not constructed for privacy. if there are walls at all between the rooms then usually they're very thin and, more often than not, simply sliding partition doors.
this is true of habikino house, as well.
however, habikino house & the property are quite large by japanese standards. therefore you'll have no problem enjoying many moments of quiet solitude as if you were the only guest in the house.

at the house there's us, our daughter, lucy our miniature dachshund, and shizuka (we all live on the 2F). patricia lives very nearby with her family.

we are very busy people, usually occupied with things we enjoy doing, like camping, parties, yoga workshops, swimming, skiing, hotspringing, hiking—and you're more than welcome to join us!
(again, please refer to our website: kigouya [(website hidden)).
it may very well be possible to arrange for us to show you around personally (or for us to find someone who can if we can't).

we keep fairly long hours, usually getting up between 7-8am and back to bed after midnite or 1am. we take a 25min nap every day, usually sometime between 2pm & 5pm.


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who can stay

first we want to say that we absolutely do _not_ discriminate.
our home & the activities we host & take part in are open to all people of all persuasions.
generally we can host anyone any nite of the week, any day of the year and have no problem at all with 10 or more guests.

however, please consider that we have a school age daughter and in many respects our place is first & foremost a female-friendly house, so we tend to limit the number of unaccompanied males who stay with us.
having said that, we do our utmost to be fair and assess each inquiry individually on its own merits.

overall your request for accommodation has a higher chance of being accepted if:
• you are female(s)
• you are a couple (or couples)
• you are a family
• you arrange to participate in one or more of the many events & activities that we host or sponsor throughout the year

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how long you can stay

your length of stay is negotiable—a month or more is not uncommon.
often it happens that folks stay at our house more than once during their visit to japan—for example, when they first arrive, and then again just before heading back out of the country, or returning once or twice to take part in an activitiy or event.

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