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 – Different brands of Laundry products

Last time we distinguished different products which are useful for cleaning the clothes, keeping the clothes in good condition and making it easier. For example, the dry sheets which avoid molds and stains on clothes, sheets and futons.

As an expat it is difficult to know which detergent is for what purpose. Also, it is sometimes annoying to use google translation every time and you just take the risk buying one pack of detergent, without knowing what it actually is. I made once a mistake by buying a clothing deodorizer, I actually wanted a laundry cleaning detergent. It is useful to know which bottles and laundry brands are laundry detergents, softeners or deodorizers. This time, it is about different brands of typical laundry cleaning detergents which you can easily find in drugstores in Tokyo. So smaller chance of buying a deodorizer again, bigger chance to find the laundry detergent.

To help out kanji-challenged expats in Japan (like me), here is a  summary of the most useful laundry detergent 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 and doing laundry!

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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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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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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
contact@tulip-e.com

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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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To-do-list in Roppongi

Roppongi is well known of endless entertainment night life with an international vibe.

If you look back, how Roppongi developed, it is not a surprise it has turned to this international night life hub. Roppongi was an American military base, shortly after the world wars and the Americans created their entertainment facilities to enjoy during their free time. The bars and clubs were introduced too. Ever since, more and more international bars and restaurants have come.

But don’t forget, during day time Roppongi has many entertainment as well! Roppongi is an art hub, with 4 big museums (Roppongi Mori museum, National Art museum, Suntory museum and 2121 Design museum) and lots of galleries. They call it the Roppongi Art Triangle. Beside of the art facilities, Roppongi has a lot of shopping centers with great unique shops and restaurants. No any plans in daytime, no worries there are many things to watch in Roppongi.

Roppongi to do map

 

Roppongi station is in the center of Tokyo, it is easy access almost anywhere in Tokyo. Shibuya is reachable in 10 min. Tokyo station in 15 min. and Shinagawa in 21 min. The trains which are coming to Roppongi station and Roppongi Itchome station.

  • Namboku line
  • Oedo line
  • Hibiya line

Some historical facts about Roppongi

  • Roppongi means 6 main trees. It is still a mystery how the name came from, but the rumors are, either the name came from the 6 large trees which were the landmarks of the area, or there were 6 lords staying in this area, who coincidentally have this kanji 木 (tree) in their names.
  • Can you imagine, Roppongi was just a piece of empty land, a bit outside of old Tokyo?
  • Roppongi started to develop when it started to be a base camp for Japanese soldiers in 1890. Later on after the Second World War the American Military base moved to Roppongi.

Interesting points about Roppongi

  • Roppongi is well known for bars and clubs, but there are also other kind of entertainment. There are theaters and dance shows. Burlesque shows and theater are here too. Also if you would like to do salsa, here is the place!
  • As an art lover, it is nice to be in a hub with more art related spots. Roppongi has started to be an art and culture hub, starting with the big museums around Roppongi station and now with small galleries around it.
  • Every year there is a huge art event in Roppongi, called Roppongi Art Night. A lot of performances and art pieces outside at night and museums and galleries are open too.

For knowing the area a bit better, a map with images:

Roppongi Hills

Piramide Roppongi

Mori tower Roppongi

Drinks > Juices & Alcohol

Art Galleries Hub

Mid Town facilities & Swedish Restaurant

Food > Restaurant & Snack bar

Mid town Museums

Others

Roppongi Life map

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To-do-list in Kamikitazawa & Sakurajosui

When you walk around Kamikitazawa area and its neighbor Sakurajosui, there is one thing you will notice specifically. These areas have a lot of small green pockets, wonderful gardens and parks around. There is a long narrow Public garden between houses, it called Tamagawa Josui Second Park. It is a part of the 2000-meter waterway Tamagawa Josui, which was created in the Edo period to supply drink water to Edo town (Tokyo city). That canal had transformed to a park, which is lovely and beautiful, especially during spring time.

About 20 minutes on foot from Kamikitazawa station, there is a park called Roka Koshu-en Garden. This is a designated cultural heritage site, and the most unique part of this public garden is the original Japanese-style house from Tokutomi Roka (a Japanese famous author) and the high bamboos. Beside of these two parks, you have Shogun Pond Park and Koshinomiya park in walking distance. And there is a small temple (Mitsuzoin) which its architecture is interesting. You can tell this residential area is good for a walk or a run.

Kamikitazawa and Sakurajosei Map

Kamikitazawa and Sakurajosui stations are in 13 minutes reachable from Shinjuku station by train and Fuji mountain and Yomiuri theme park are reachable too from these two stations. The train which is coming to Kamikitazawa station and Sakurajosui station.
– Keio line

Some historical facts about Kamikitazawa
– Kamikitazawa started to develop when the station Kamikitazawa opened, which happened in 1913. So it has been residential for a long time, but it is developing more and more, since more people prefer living outside of the city center.

Interesting points about Kamikitazawa
– A lot of green and low built houses. Nature-friendly and peaceful area
– Some owners of hybrid café & shop like Kepo Bagel, Okaz design and Megane Coffee, started with their unique business because of their passion. Passion for design, food and coffee.

For knowing the area a bit better, a map with images:

Guide

To do list map kamikitazawaTo know more personal opinion of Kamikitazawa our reviews are interesting to read too. Edith from sharehouse Kamikitazawa tells her story of the neighborhood:
Resident Interview Happy House Kamikitazawa with Edith

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To-do-list in Mishuku & Ikejiri

Mishuku and Ikejiri are neighbors and these neighbors are not the famous spots to visit, but they are very convenient to live in. They are between Shibuya, Nakemeguro and Sangenjaya. The three powerful and popular places to hang out. To live in these three areas, it is a bit pricey, but living close to these three neighbors and living cheaper, Mishuku and Ikejiri are the places to stay. There are a few drops of identity of Nakameguro and Sangenjaya in Mishuku and Ikejiri. The most interesting part is IID, Ikejiri Institute of design. It is a design hub with art galleries, shops, craftsmanship workshops and work studios in a renovated elementary school.

Mishuku Map

Ikejiri Ohashi station is in 3 minutes reachable from Shibuya station by train, on foot it takes about 20 minutes from Shibuya station. Nakameguro station is also reachable on foot in 30 minutes. The train which are coming to Ikejiri Ohashi station
– Den-en-toshi line
– Hanzomon line

Some historical facts about Ikejiri and Mishuku:
– Mishuku and Ikejiri don’t have a very interesting past, but the names tell a bit about their history. Apparently, Mishuku means ‘Three posttowns’, but Mishuku had a different meaning in the past. Mishuku had three important rivers, Kitazawa gawa, Karasuyama gawa and Meguro gawa. Mi came from Mizu (water). The old meaning of Mishuku was ‘Water is teeming’.
– Ikejiri was probably an old village Ikezawa or nearby Ikejiti. Ikejiri means ‘Mouth of a lake’.

Interesting points about Ikejiri and Mishuku:
– Ikejiri Institute of design, creative, young and different
– There are surprisingly a lot of dog trimming shops. Do Mishuku and ikejiri have a lot of dogs?

For knowing the area a bit better, a map with images:

Shrine Coffee Terrace

Life Map Mishuku

This is about Mishuku and Ikejiri in Setagaya-ku, but in walking distance, you can easily continue to Sangenjaya. To know more about Sangenjaya, see our guide map:
To-do-list in Sangenjaya

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Special Cherry blossoms: Omuro Zakura

Happy spring everyone!

Despite of the ongoing pandemic situation in Japan, the cherry blossoms in spring give us a sparkle of joy. The life style has changed a lot for months in 2020 and 2021, but the cherry blossoms come each year and they give a sign that some characteristics of the Japanese life style are remained.
This year, it is a good moment to visit Kyoto, since it is less crowded than the standard years. Of course, in Kyoto there are so many things to see, but this time it is Ninna-ji Temple and its sakura. What makes this cherry blossom so special compare to all the other ones?

There are unique private tours of about 1.5 hours in this temple. During the tour the Buddhist monk will explain you everything about the temple, the environment, the sakura trees and Buddhism.
It is April right now, so basically their cherry blossoms is a hot topic.
The story is Ninna-ji is the main temple of the Omuro Shingon Sect Buddhist School and it is founded in 888 A.D. This temple is strongly related with the Empiric family of Japan, therefore this temple has aristocratic visitors from the beginning. The landscape design of Ninna-ji temple with the cherry blossoms was been thought precisely, related to the aristocratic visitors. The idea of the landscape design is that the trees shouldn’t be tall to respect the aristocratic visitors. Those visitors should feel they are looked up by the environment. To create this design concept, certain clay was poured around the roots of the cherry blossoms, to stop growing that quickly. The cherry blossoms are exceptional small even though they are old. The taller ones are about two meters high, but mostly are shorter, almost like big shrubs. Since they look different and they bloom later than all the other regular cherry blossoms (early April ~ mid-April), they got their own name. These cherry blossoms called Omuro Zakura. The word Omuro came from this Omuro Buddhist school.

If you still want to enjoy seeing cherry blossoms in Honshu island, this is the place to visit. It is breath taking!