And another Japan story…

Written by Lorna Shapiro

So I was on my first full day in Japan. We were staying in Yokohama, took the bus out to the outskirts (as much as there ever are outskirts in Japan), and walked through a residential/commercial neighbourhood to go to a temple and gardens. On the way, looking out the bus window, I saw some buildings several stories high, but I was uncertain as to whether the buildings were commercial or residential. So I asked Chisato: “Are those apartments?”. “Oh no,” she replied, “they are mansheeons (mansions).” I was rather taken aback and questioned her further about that. So it turns out that the Japanese use our term, mansion, to refer to an owned apartment – what we would call a condominium. Chisato was quite amused to hear what mansion meant to me. 🙂