Well today is my 28th birthday so you may think I am celebrating....unfortunately not. I've had some trouble with my neighbours and ain't too sure what to do.
It all started on Saturday the 21st. I had some friends round for cocktails at my appartment. We kicked off in the early evening and the last guest left at around 4:30am on Sunday. Admittedly I didn't tell any of my neighbours, except the ones I invited, that I was having a do. Anyway at 3:30am on Sunday one of them came round and said "ssssh!" so all the music was turned off (not that it was really that loud in the first place) and only 2 mates stayed round for one last drink.
On Sunday my neighbour, Tomomi, (who was at the party and is the grand daughter in law of my landlord) came round and said one of the uninvited neighbours (my direct next door neighbour, I only have one as I am at one end of the building) had complained about the noise. So together we went round to say sorry. He gave her more s%*t than me saying she should have explained the ground rules when I moved in. The end of it, or so I thought.
On Monday night when I was in bed (round about 10pm, I still felt pretty ill from the Saturday night) I heard a dog barking outside my back window and some shouting in jp. Fair enough I imagined that some of the others who were pissed off with me decided to cause me some irritation. Next, what sounded like stones hitting the window occured. Swiftly followed by the sound of smashing glass as someone's foot came busting through. Okay now it was my turn to be the wronged party. This guy who was standing on my back balcony (I'm on the ground floor) was a grandson of my landlord so in effect he was trashing his own property! He kept banging on about Saturday night (my jp ain't that good, I've only been here for 3 months) which I still thought it fair enough that I should be saying sorry for. I don't know how many times I said "sumimasen deshita" but he just seemed out for revenga.
As things started to calm down and his brother who was holding him back was almost about to get him off my balcony he kicked out again and the whole window came crashing in, all over my lovely tatami. It was only then that I noticed the maverick was actually holding a baseball bat too. I can only assume that he hoped to do me an extreme physical discourtisy.
Well they eventually left and then round 2 started outside. Me, Phill (my upstairs Aussie neighbour) and Tomomi on one side and the daughter of my landlord and her 2 sons on the other. They still wanted their appology for the Saturday night scenario. They were also pissed off that I hadn't gone round off my own back on the Sunday to say sorry. Fair point, but what about my window?!?
Basically the advice I'm looking for is as follows:
1. Do you think this will all blow over?
2. Has anyone had a similar experience?
3. Should I put up photos of my busted up window with an apology for the whole block to see. I'm thinking of trying to shame the crazy fool.
4. Is going to the police an option I should consider. (He never laid a finger on me but I did feel threatened. And he did lay more than a finger on me window.)
p.s. total party guests was only 14. Half gaijin, half jp.
For anyone taking the time to read. My thanks.