Life Hack – 100 yen store items

Transformation!
I must say, the 100 yen store belongs in the list of typical Japanese.
Incredible, how many different kind of things you are able to find there. From needles to notebooks, from cleaning sheets to brooms, from fake eyelashes to bicycle tools and so on.
And everything for 100 yen + 10 yen tax each! It is super cheap, useful and the quality is not bad too.

Divided in two parts, the first part is about some little items, which can be useful for other purposes. Maybe, it gives you more inspiration to come up with ideas of items of 100 yen store. The examples here are from Japanese people who posted in their own social media profile. Pretty awesome! The second part is about some items which are interesting and probably useful, but not what you would think getting one before finding them in the hyaku (100) yen store! That will be in the next post.

Let’s start with the tricks of certain 100 yen items!

If you need a hook next to the wash basin, toilet or kitchen counter to hang up the towels, 100 yen stores have plenty of those hooks. But some Japanese use them in a different way, which makes me consider to buy extra.

1.) Do you have a couple of glasses or sunglasses? How about displaying and storing them like this way. Hang up some of hooks!

 

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2.) I thought this is useful. In the summer either we use the air conditioner or the ventilator to cool down the rooms. Sometimes we store the ventilator, when we don’t use it, but we have the cord just randomly next to it, or entangled around the pole. This solution with hooks is great! Put 2 on the pole of the ventilator and entangle the cord vertically around the 2 hooks.


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3.)This is a combination of hooks and a phone ring holder. Attach a phone ring holder to the remote and hang a hook on the designated desirable place.

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4.) For stationary, papers, unused items, underwear, make-up, accessories etc., boxes and trays are useful. Instead of taking a box out of the main storage closet or rack, we can create a sliding shelves by pulling on hooks on boxes.

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5.) No place to store bananas safely, this is a solution: Use hooks and bananas are able to swing, without getting bumped by other products.

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Beside of the hooks, here are some other tricks with other items from the 100 yen store.

6.) These are actually cord clips to arrange cord wires, but it seems this user has stuck these on the mirror to hang toothbrushes. What I am the most convinced about this trick, it can drain and dry nicely. Some of those toothbrush

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7.) Are you good with hands and like to make things too. This rack is created with 3 items from the 100 yen store: metal racks (2x), wooden plates (3x) and chopsticks, It is not only useful but it looks pretty nice too.

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8.) With the same metal racks, you can also use them to hang the garbage bags.

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9.) For your precious clothing which can easily wrinkle, this is a good idea to store a certain shirt neatly. Just put it in a 100 yen plastic file case, with a matching tie or accessories. Also super easy!

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10.) Last interesting usage of a 100 yen item, magnet!
Difficulties finding your nail clipper, tweezers, metal clips, pins? Stuck them on magnets.

   

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Some useful ideas? Anyway, quite funny to see some people seriously doing these kind of tricks. Have you been using a 100 yen store item for a different purpose?

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Life Hack – Medicine

When you visit the hospital in Japan, the doctor obviously knows what kind of medicine fits to your health issue, whether it is fever, cold, muscle ache, bloating stomach etc. After receiving the prescription, you just go to the pharmacy and you can get the right medicines.
But in the case, you are not interested to visit the doctor and you just want to get the simple over-the-counter medicines, then you need to visit a drugstore. In Japan, most medicines are not obtained from the combini (24-hours stores).

Here is a list of the basic medicines for general illnesses or any other health issues.

Health issues like

  • Headache
  • Throat ache
  • Fever
  • Cold
  • Muscle ache

 

To help out kanji-challenged expats in Japan (like me), translation and pronunciation of the most useful medicines in Japan are noted. There might be different brands in various drugstores, but these items are common here and easy to find. Hopefully it is useful and easy to understand, since translation camera apps are not always doing their job properly.

The products are explained as:

    • Original Japanese name
    • English name
    • Japanese pronunciation / Japanese name in Roman
    • Function

Medicine in Japan

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Life Hack – Clothing products

This time, a list of products related to clothing, but probably, it would also be useful to know which bottles and brands are cleaning detergents, softeners or deodorizers. I made once a mistake by buying a deodorizer, but I actually wanted a laundry cleaning detergent. So next time, we will specify the laundry products. 

For now, a list of useful clothing related drugstore products. We distinguish different products which are useful for cleaning the clothes, keeping the clothes in good condition and making it easier. For example, in the summer, we need to be careful about molds, so in Japan there are dry sheets which avoid molds and stains on clothes, sheets and futons.  Or there is a convenient spray to smooth the clothes during ironing. These kind of convenient products are listed up here.

To help out kanji-challenged expats in Japan (like me), here is a  summary of the most useful laundry products in Japan. There might be different brands in various drugstores, but these products (of different brands) are common here. Hopefully it is useful and easy to understand, since translation camera apps are not always doing their job properly.

The products are explained as:

  • Original Japanese name
  • English name
  • Japanese pronunciation / Japanese name in Roman
  • Function
  • Instruction

Enjoy shopping!

Laundry Detergent in Japan

Laundry detergent in Japan

 

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Life Hack – Pesticides

As a North European, I haven’t experienced a lot of bugs at home, but since I have moved to Japan, I have come across my first cockroach and my first big rat. In the summer, my whole body needs to be covered with a sprayed layer of insecticide to prevent getting hundreds of mosquito bites.

It was quite new to me, to buy pesticides. The best way is to ask a staff of the drugstore, but if speaking is problematic as well, hmmm…. It might be useful to know about the pesticides in Japan.

To help out kanji-challenged expats in Japan (like me), here is a  summary of the most useful pesticides in Japan. There might be different brands in various drugstores, but these products (of different brands) are common here. Hopefully it is useful and easy to understand, since translation camera apps are not always doing their job properly.

The products are explained as:

  • Original Japanese name
  • English name
  • Japanese pronunciation / Japanese name in Roman
  • Function
  • Instruction

Enjoy shopping!

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Pesticides 2
Pesticides 2

 

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Life Hack – Cleaning products

Everybody who moves to a new country, it is challenging to visit a drugstore and finding the product you want. The best way is to ask a staff of the drugstore, but if speaking is problematic as well, hmmm…. It might be useful to know about the products of the country.

To help out kanji-challenged expats in Japan (like me), here is a  summary of the most popular cleaning products in Japan. There might be different brands in various drugstores, but these products (of different brands) are common here. Hopefully it is useful and easy to understand, since translation camera apps are not always doing their job properly. Either, you are new and still need to get some products, or you have always wondered if you have used the Japanese cleaning products properly.

The products are explained as:

  • Original Japanese name
  • English name
  • Japanese pronunciation / Japanese name in Roman
  • Function
  • Instruction

Enjoy shopping in drugstores!

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History of Gyaru Style

Time line Gyaru style

1.) The start (1991~1995)
Gyaru style probably emerged around 1991. It wasn’t a famous icon who started with this style, it was actually created by local Japanese students from private high schools.
Rich girls who wanted to be different from the black hair Japanese ladies with white skin. The first Gyaru (=garl = girl) style is Kogyaru (=kid-girl), which was created by those girls. The look was about dying hair to blond or light brown hair, wearing girly make-up (a little glitter and smokey black eyes) to have more western dolls eyes, wearing school uniform in a more sexy approach, high slobby socks, and a tanned skin. Also, in the beginning they showed up with high brand bags or other accessories.
Besides fashion and make-up, Gyaru girls were also into a certain dance move, which they created. It is called Paru Paru! They did it when they gather and hang outside, also it was their affinity for nightlife. They spent a lot of money on night parties and hanging out with all the Gyarus together.

Kogyaru Gyaru 1991

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Ayumi Hamazaki Gyaru
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2.) The changes (1995~2014)
Kogyaru was the birth, but Gyaru style has transformed into many different kinds of sub gyaru styles. As you might know, Lolita style was also booming around the same time as Gyaru style. Hime Gyaru is a combination of these two styles, so still as cute dolls, but with extreme beauty styles like the French queen Marie Antoinette. Big wig pieces, a lot of make-up, crowns or big pink bows.

A lot of hostesses followed the new Gyaru sub style called Agejo Gyaru. Hostesses are ladies who work in girlsbars to entertain men, mostly by conversations and drinking. Probably until now, a lot of these girls are dying their hair, have smoky eyes with color circle contacts.
The extreme developments of Gyaru are Ganguro, Yamanba/Manba. Yamanba means Old mountain witch and they had very dark make-up to cover their skin, white lines above the eyes, sometimes also under the eyes and on the nose. The hair was mostly big and a lot of colored hair pieces and their clothes and hair accessories were very colorful.

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3.) Now (2017~now)
Personally, I haven’t seen a Ganguro girl in recent years. Obviously it had died, let’s say about 2004. In 2015, a Ganguro bar was opened in Shibuya. And Shibuya still has the most famous gyaru department store, 109. So still curious about this style? It is a good opportunity to visit these unique places. Nowadays, the trend is to be as natural as possible. Girls have darker hair and wear natural style makeup. Although, if I see the advertisement boards in Kabukucho with girls’ faces on, there is still a bit of soft version of Gyaru in the hostess’ club. Gyaru might fully disappear, but Japanese style will always change. So after this period of natural look, what will be next?

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Free tour I : Earthquake disaster center

Earthquake Disaster center in Tokyo

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Did you know this Earthquake center in Odaiba? Experience the Tokyo earthquake in a remake Tokyo city with after shocks and learn at the evacuation center. It called: Sona Area Tokyo – Disaster Prevention Experience Learning Facility.

And it is free!

On the 1st floor of the center, there is the Disaster Prevention Zone. You will experience the earthquake of an magnitude of 7.3 and the visitor needs to survive by her/himself while answering questions. What to do during a big earthquake?

Sona Disaster Center in Odaiba

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On the 2nd floor, it is the Learning Zone. Like a museum, you will be informed by display- items, Project mapping and panels. How to prepare for a big earthquake and how to survive a big earthquake?

Sona Disaster Center in Odaiba 2nd floor

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Beside of these two facilities for free, everybody is also welcome to their roof garden and also to their BBQ garden. Although the BBQ garden cost 1,000 yen per person to rent the table-chair set and the BBQ equipment.

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Disaster Prevention Experience Learning Facility

Information:
Address: 3-8-35 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone number: 03 3529 2180
Website: https://www.tokyorinkai-koen.jp/
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 ~ 17:00
Admission fee: Free

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Bbq garden

Information:
Address: 3-8-35 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone number: 050 3816 6374
Website: https://digiq.jp/portal/experience/73728/0#home-moreinfo
Opening hours: Weekdays: 11:00 ~ 15:00 and Weekends, holidays, July and August 11:00 ~ 15:00 & 14:00 ~ 17:00
Admission fee: 1,000 yen per person

Extra information: table, chairs and BBQ equipment set are prepared. Bring own charcoal, food and drinks. Or order food, drinks, charcoal, tents and extra items with an extra charge fee.

BBQ in Odaiba
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Tulip Self Quarantine Service

Great news, the Japanese government has allowed more foreign students to enter Japan since the beginning of November.
However, these students need to quarantine for 10 days in Japan before they are really allowed to go out in Japan. Not only for international new students, but any female foreigner who is searching for an accommodation which is also allowed to quarantine the first 10 days, we provide the self quarantine service in our share houses!

Self Quarantine Tulip Service

Arriving at Narita Airport:

1.)
Book a seat for a Keisei train ride from Narita airport to Ueno station in Tokyo beforehand.  Currently, it is 4,500 yen per person to book a seat in this train and a parking spot in Ueno.

Please check for more information in Keisei Travel website:  https://keiseitravel.co.jp/wp/en/blog/oneday_tour/7060/

2.)
If you are planning to stay in our Tulip share house, we will pick you up by car at your booked parking spot in Ueno. It is demanded from the Japanese government to be transported by private car or corona taxi. Our car service is
just 4,000 yen.

3.)
Tulip will prepare garbage bags, masks and sanitizer in the room of the new international resident. If the resident requests for more, it is negotiable.

4.)
Tulip is able to buy the grocery from the new resident twice in 10 days and the first and the second time of grocery deliveries cost 1,500 yen per time. The grocery list needs to be emailed to Tulip and the cost of the grocery shopping items needs to be paid back by the resident.
The third time of grocery delivery will be 5,000 yen.

5.)
Tulip will guide you about the quarantine rules in the share house, like the usage of the common bathrooms which need to be used by current residents as well.

For more information about this service, please contact us
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Convenient Stores November 2021, week 2

A lot of Japanese Chain stores have a lot of different campaigns. The changes happen quite often and all those advertisements online and at stores can be overwhelming.

This time it is about the 24hours convenient stores. There are moments when you are super busy and don’t have time or aren’t in the mood to cook, convenient stores are quite convenient, aren’t they?

Campaign Convenient stores 2021 November

If you are a regular customer, probably you would be bored if they always had the same items. Actually these stores provide new food items each week. So you are able to try different items. Surprisingly, the list is long! Although, not each store orders each time a new collection, so depending on the store which new items are available.

This week, the second week of November 2021, here is an example, but if you are curious weekly, these are the pages of the 3 main convenient stores in Kanto:

Lawson
https://www.lawson.co.jp/recommend/new/list/1442950_5162.html
7Eleven
https://www.sej.co.jp/products/a/nextweek/
Familymart
https://www.family.co.jp/goods/newgoods/nextweek.html

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Beside of themes and new items, they also have discount campaign, buy 1 and get another 1 for free campaign, get a gift campaign etc. Although, some of the campaigns you will get a voucher with your normal receipt, so you need to keep those vouchers with you. A bit of hard work reading Japanese is necessary.

For people who love those campaigns, check these pages of their websites:
Lawson
https://www.lawson.co.jp/recommend/sale/index.html
7Eleven
https://www.sej.co.jp/cmp/
Familymart
https://www.family.co.jp/campaign.html

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The fun part is the theme campaigns. For a certain period, the most of the time, it is about 1 month, there are certain items which are related to a theme. This month Familymart has a Cheese theme “Super Cheese Festival”. More target products with cheese are available and you are able to win 50 yen discount for each cheese item. Beside of this theme, Familmart has another theme campaign going on: “Movie Sumikko Gurashi”.
They are sweets available of this theme and you are able to collect stamps. When having enough Movie Sumikko Gurashi stamps, you can get a bag, plates, and other gifts.
Check the Theme Campaigns of this month:

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Difference between Japan & others: Child Custody

In the country where I was been raised, there is a choice of joint child custody and sole child custody, when there is divorcement and children involved. But did you know in Japan, there is no joint child custody?!

Joint child custody means both parents have the legal authority to raise the child, while being divorced.

Sole child custody means one parent has the right to raise the child alone.

Discussion Board Sole Child Custody

So basically, after divorcement in Japan, one parent has the full child custody. If that parent is flexible, the parent can negotiate with the other partner about raising the children together. Mostly, it is about financial support. Since, in Japan there is sole child custody and child abduction is not a crime, child abduction happens quite often. For example, the story of the Frenchman, who is not able to contact his own children anymore, since the Japanese ex-wife got the full custody and left suddenly with the children. Therefore he did a hunger strike in July, 2021. This raises some questions. Of course there are pros and cons for the divorced couple and the child. One example of pro joint child custody, the child gets love and care from both of its parents and vice versa. But one of the cons is if the parents don’t get along with each other, there will be a lot of frustration and hate around the child, which has negative impact on everybody.

Children abduction Japanese ruules

To have at least a choice between joint child custody and sole child custody in Japan, would be nicer. But what do you think about sole child custody (in Japan)? And do you understand about parents abducting their children, in the sake of own will, her and children’s safety, avoiding more fights etc.?

Protest Child abduction

Women children abduction

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Japanese fathers demonstration

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