Even though the house doesn't have a yard, we're so blessed to have a large balcony on the 2nd floor... and the boys are finding it's large enough for bike races, running races, games, etc. Most homes in Japan don't have yards, but outdoor space is always important and treasured.... and we appreciate that! :)
We loved our last apartment, but it was a middle apartment, so it didn't have a lot of windows. Our new house has windows in every room, and we're loving all the natural light.
The kitchen has very efficient cabinet space but not a lot of counter space. But right before we moved in, we discovered it had a built-in dish dryer! It just looks like another cabinet, but it's a place to dry dishes so you don't have to use up counter space. Our dishwasher (a.k.a. Brian) is loving this unique part of our new kitchen.
washlet! If you're not familiar with these, you can get them much fancier than ours, but this one has a seat warmer and bidet. Make sure you try all the options on the washlet next time you fly through Japan or come to visit us! :)