2016 年 29 巻 p. 15-29
This study focuses on the Russian-speaking community in Japan, aiming to establish how these migrants find and organize their homes in the host country. This, in turn, helps shed light on circumstances surrounding common housing for the large foreign population in Japan. The study draws on data (comprising cyber-ethnography, online questionnaires, and interviews) gathered in Japan during research funded as a Lifology Project by the Japan Society of Lifology (October 2015–March 2016). The survey allowed researchers to obtain and analyze a considerable amount of demographic data about migrant community members, types of dwellings in which they lived prior to migration, experiences pertaining to renting apartments in Japan, housing purchase history, types of buildings and layouts of apartments and houses they currently inhabit. Data also includes likes and dislikes about Japanese housing, along with routes, measures, and objects they employ to make these dwellings more livable and authentic. Study results revealed that to feel comfortable in their Japanese homes, Russian-speaking migrants must undergo a lengthy transformative process of trial and error to adjust and readjust their expectations, which are often rooted in customs and beliefs of their country of origin and influenced by housing methods established in post-Soviet countries.