And another Japan story…

Written by Lorna Shapiro

So I was on my first full day in Japan, staying in Yokohama, and we 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 in nature.  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 apartment that is owned… what we would call a condominium.  Chisato was quite amused to hear what mansion meant to me:-)