The Japan Times has a fun story today about a duo of young women decorators who refurbish apartments with super-cute colorful furnishings. The properties they work with are pseudo-apartments where residents get their own room but share a kitchen, living space, and bathroom. The one condo mentioned in the article is in the trendy Aoyama district and once belonged to a famous novelist; they refurbished it to have a giant mirror and paintings of carp on the wall. The condos are occupied mostly by young women in their 30s, who rent rooms for $7-800. Sounds kind of like a fun way to live!