You know the overwhelmed feeling you can get when you have to master a new technological device? All of that paled on move in day in Kyoto when we were confronted with the latest array of Japanese home technology.
We screwed up royally and instantly as soon as someone rang our doorbell. Not knowing which button to push to allow someone in, Dan made a wrong guess and set off a very loud alarm that we could not cancel. Within minutes, a worried building superintendent was at our door probably prepared to put out a fire. I controlled my impulse to take his picture.
The person who had rung our bell delivered the first of several unexpected impressive gifts from the people who had done our renovation. Gift giving is taken seriously in this country.
Our new oven is truly a master of everything. If and when we are capable of differentiating the myriad of choices it allows, we will be able to use it as a microwave, steam oven, standard oven, baking oven with choice of which direction the heat shall come from, broiler, and last but not least, rising bread. Until that day arrives, we’ll probably be eating most meals out!
After several hours of instruction by our architect, our architect’s assistant, the carpenter, the contractor, and the contractor’s boss, it seems it was decided that we’d gone as far they could take us.
We all sat down in our new dining room and made small talk, exchanged gifts and drank tea together. In spite of the fact that we have less understanding than a toddler for the technology that surrounds us, we were thrilled with the quality of work done. All in just two months time. And all within budget!