|A typical one-bedroom apartment is 21 to 25 sqm and costs around 60,000 yen per month to rent|
Some companies call it e-closet, as in the case of Kikuya, a professional dry cleaning service chain, and others have more analogue names.
Professional storage not only helps ease up space in the cramped abodes, but also reduces risk of mold and other unpleasant incidents during the off season.
With public transport being the main mode of commute for most urban dwellers in Japan, dry cleaners large and small offer free pick up and delivery. With dry cleaning prices being so low - a business shirt can be cleaned and pressed for under $2.00 per item - the overhead for the pick and delivery must be a huge drain on the bottom line but a cost of doing business.
And cleaners are not the only ones in this game. Shoes and bags repair chain Mr. Minute has also launched a repair, clean, and store service for boots. They offer three courses:
- Clean and store
- Clean, repair and store
- Clean, recolour and store