All posts tagged "Homebase"

  • Zara Home, a treasure trove of soft furnishings and home essentials

    The season to change the color motifs at home from warm to cool, breezy tones is upon us. There are lots of choices when it comes to buying soft furnishings in Japan. From the laid back country...

    • Posted May 12, 2017
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  • Q. How do I remove ballpen marks off the wall?

    Our child scribbled on the white walls of our bedroom while I was busy with the laundry. I’ve tried everything possible to scrub the ink off of our wallpaper but nothing seems to work. We’re moving out...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • Is your Work Spouse working for you?

    A couple of weeks ago I was invited to be a guest on a radio show about work spouses. At first glance I thought that the topic was related to spouses who work together, which can lead...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • Potentially Toxic Compounds Lurking at Your Tokyo Homes

    You may be unaware but potentially harmful chemicals have invaded our homes through products families use everyday. To know if what you’re using has a safety concern, here is a guide about these chemicals and what you...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • Organizing Ideas That Won’t Burn A Hole In Your Pocket

    Making your Tokyo apartment look beautiful and organized does not have to be expensive.  Clashing colours cause mental clutter and stress. Your kitchen plays an important role in providing nourishment to you and your family.  Of primary...

    • Posted February 25, 2017
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  • What You See Is The Key To A Blissful pairing, says Contemporary Feng Shui guru

    There are usually two things that get someone to call a Feng Shui consultant: Money and Love. If “Money can’t buy me love,” as the Beatles sang, a little focus can help you warm up to manifesting...

    • Posted January 27, 2017
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  • New Year’s advice to teens

    “Out with the old, in with the new” is a popular motto every time January 1 comes around. It is a time when people try to ensure a better year ahead by replacing old bad habits with...

    • Posted December 27, 2016
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  • Tokyo’s spacious 100 yen stores

    Let the kids loose with a few coins at the biggest Hyaku-en stores in Tokyo. You have to love Daiso for providing just about everything you could possibly want or never knew you wanted for a few...

    • Posted August 16, 2016
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  • The Many Dangers Of Mold In The Home

    Apartments and homes in Japan are frequently plagued by mold. This is particularly true in the summer, when the climate is quite humid and in the winter, when condensation creates excess moisture inside homes. Mold can appear...

    • Posted July 14, 2016
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  • Create the Super ‘Kawaii’ Peanuts Gang

    You probably don’t realize it but it’s only weeks away to the release  of  Peanuts The Movie in Japan.  The timeless appeal of Charles Schulz’s longest-running U.S. comic strip (50 years) has melted the hearts of many...

    • Posted November 13, 2015
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  • Japan’s age-old spiral mosquito coils get a makeover

    Japan has just released a do-it-yourself coil kit that allows you to make your own incense coil in the shape of Nasca lines found in Peru. Nasca lines are ancient geoglyphs or drawings on the ground formed...

    • Posted October 28, 2015
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  • TAKING CARE OF OUR FURRY FRIENDS IN SUMMER

    Everyone is dogged by heat in the summer, especially those endowed with a layer of fur. Our four-legged companions have it hard this time of year; not a pavement goes by where they can’t be seen drooling...

    • Posted July 7, 2015
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  • Japanese lifehack: The most time-efficient way of cleaning your kitchen drain

    While you may think that all the washing and soaping done in the sink would clean itself, you might be disappointed. The kitchen drain is the breeding ground of bacteria and, if left unattended, would cause foul...

    • Posted June 2, 2015
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  • Zentiment

    According to contemporary Feng Shui specialist, Mark Ainley, these objects “stimulate and improve the energy in homes.” He tells us why. Gregorio Chime Soprano ¥5,910 amazon.co.jp As tacky as they might seem at first, wind chimes can...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Mommies wanna TOCCA ’bout it

    Mommies wanna TOCCA ’bout it If you ‘re running out of energy lately due to continuous mommy-ing, turn to Italian brand TOCCA’s ‘bianca’ aromatic candles for comfort. The harmonious blend of citrus, green tea and a hint...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Going Green

    Going green Ingenious Dutch born designer Dirk Vander Kooij toyed up with the idea of experimenting with 3D printing using a computer-controlled robotic arm to form objects from thin threads of recycled plastic. The result was what...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Two in one

    Two in one Air drying clothes in the veranda especially in the coming rainy season exposes you to unwanted pollen attack according to Japanese electric manufacturer Zojirushi Corporation. However, line drying clothes indoors (bathroom especially) leaves odor...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • A slice of style

    A slice of style Cutting cake doesn’t have to be messy. Magisso Cake Server has just made it so and, in style. Made from smooth stainless steel, this functional design by renowned Finnish designer Maria Kivijärvi was...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Are you RETRO go?

    Are you RETRO go? Take these vintage cardboard suitcases with you. It’s a winning option from price point and function, to style and sturdiness. Sturdiness you ask? Don’t underestimate these hard-wearing suitcases because they have been produced...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • How to make your own modern decor and hang it without damaging the wall

    When you rent an apartment in Tokyo, one of the rules is not to damage the walls. That includes leaving no trace of nail marks when you vacate the apartment or you won’t see your deposit ever...

    • Posted March 11, 2015
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  • Thirifty Shades of Spray

    • Posted March 11, 2015
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  • Pets bring joy

    Pets are an important part of many people’s lives and can bring joy and warmth to one’s home and life. Because they become a major part of home activities and one’s lifestyle, there are important considerations to...

    • Posted December 15, 2014
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  • A new lifestyle store

    La Kagu, a lifestyle store resembling a warehouse has just opened in Kagurazaka offering well-curated home stuff from furnitures and beddings to home decor and anything in between. www.lakagu.com

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • Grow your own food. Use your veranda.

    Are you ready to take on a new hobby that pays off? You haven’t got a garden? Well then you must have a veranda in your apartment. It is possible to grow your own vegetables even in...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • How to iron a shirt like a Japanese pro

    Impeccably ironed shirt is a mark of professionalism.  But according to Japanese magazine, My Navi Woman, ironing is one of the hated housework by housewives next to cleaning rooms. Japanese salary men pay 200 – 400 yen...

    • Posted September 1, 2014
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  • Jiyugaoka

    The first impression you may get upon leaving the main exit of Jiyugaoka station is that it seems a bit cramped, as just outside the round about is tightly hugged by stores as visitors and residents mill...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • Japan’s 5S

    I am not referring to iPhone 5S but the standard methodology adopted by Toyota Motors Corporation proven to make the workplace efficient. The same organization method can in fact be applied at home to make the day-to-day...

    • Posted June 9, 2014
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  • Feng Shui Myths

    Feng Shui is, in popular culture, sometimes portrayed as a superficial and superstitious practice of placing mirrors and various trinkets to bring about good luck. But there is far more depth to the practice than the few...

    • Posted May 7, 2014
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  • Which housework do Japanese housewives hate the most?

    Spring cleaning has been a traditional practice in countries with cold climates especially in North America. As people stay indoors in the winter, there’s more foot traffic at home and thus, more dirt and dust accumulate. In...

    • Posted March 7, 2014
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  • House Hunting

    here are many factors that impact our home feeling harmonious, and Feng Shui aims to maximize what we have. If you are looking for a new space to live, there are many things to consider so see...

    • Posted March 3, 2014
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  • The Bedroom Cure

    Feng Shui is a way to work with our connection to our environment. When practiced sensibly, it can help us be more conscious about our surroundings and choices. Since we will likely spend more time in the bedroom than in...

    • Posted February 12, 2014
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  • Feng Shui for the holidays

    Holidays are times when we gather together to share and luxuriate in gratitude, giving, and wellness. The end of the calendar year is a time in several cultures for family gatherings and gift-giving. Here are some practical...

    • Posted December 15, 2013
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  • Powering up the work station

    With all the focus put on creative designs for homes, work spaces are often overlooked. The functional needs of an office often leads to neglecting the many potential options for streamlining it both aesthetically and functionally. I...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Mirror, mirror on the wall

      Mirrors are powerful objects and are often misused in design and Feng Shui. While it is true that they can expand a space and circulate energy, they are not the only things that can do so,...

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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  • Getting Out of Line

    While there are obvious advantages to living in manmade structures (protection from the rain, snow, and extreme temperatures comes to mind), the buildings that house us have many features not found in the natural world. Because our...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • Feng Shui: A breath of fresh air

    The words ‘Feng Shui’ refer to ‘Wind’ and ‘Water’, two forms of energy without which we cannot survive. The practice aims to cultivate the lifeforce energy of Qi that brings both their life-enhancing properties. ‘Wind’ refers to...

    • Posted June 18, 2013
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  • Healing the blues

    The world is a colourful place – flowers are a prime example of the glorious array of hues that are possible – yet the average home has a limited number of tones. Each colour can relate to...

    • Posted May 8, 2013
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  • Flower power

    The world is a colourful, vibrant place – in nature, anyway. Home interiors run the risk of a restricted palette of colours and tones, and the energy as a result can stagnate. One of the best ways...

    • Posted March 3, 2013
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  • The kitchen therapy

    The last thing you want to see when you come home from a long day of work is a mess.  More so if you live in a small apartment in Tokyo with young children. The floor plan...

    • Posted March 3, 2013
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  • Rekindling the flame

    Valentine’s Day has become a time to focus on love and romance for those who are either single or partnered. Ideally, we shouldn’t require a particular day to remind us of honouring harmonious romantic relation- ships; it...

    • Posted February 4, 2013
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  • Taking steps

    The New Year is a time when we generally look at taking steps in our lives. Staircases themselves certainly relate to this phenomenon of moving to different levels on our lifepath. As major passageways for energy ow,...

    • Posted January 2, 2013
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  • Christmas shopping with consciousness

    As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to time spent with friends and family – and shopping. Unfortunately, a time when celebration and sharing should be the focus can often be compromised by trying to do...

    • Posted December 3, 2012
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  • Giving your teens a room to grow

    Aging isn’t easy – the term ‘growing pains’ describes an actual physical and emotional reality. Moving into different phases of our lives requires shifts in perception and habit. Teenage years are particularly challenging, as the identity and...

    • Posted October 31, 2012
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  • Living large

    One of the challenges of modern living can be the small size of apartments. I first encountered this when I moved to Tokyo, where square footage is most definitely at a premium. In Vancouver, where I currently...

    • Posted September 28, 2012
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  • Going with the creative flow

    Back-to-school time might bring up memories of strict or boring instruction and being told to colour within the lines. Unfortunately, this kind of education works against the natural order, as there are very few straight lines in...

    • Posted August 30, 2012
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  • Behind closet doors

    Living as we do in a materialistic society, we accumulate things. Fortunately for aesthetic purposes, we do not need to have everything we own be visible 24/7. The genius who invented closets deserves a lot of gratitude....

    • Posted July 31, 2012
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  • Click into place

    Everyone seems to be walking around with an iPhone, Blackberry, or other smartphone these days, and while Angry Birds, Facebook, and other diversions are a big draw to these devices (looking cool is another), there is also...

    • Posted July 1, 2012
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  • Are your possessions possessing you?

    My recent trip to Japan highlighted an aspect of living in man-made environments that is becoming more of an issue here and internationally: clutter. As humans who live more sedentary than nomadic lifestyles, we have gotten into...

    • Posted May 31, 2012
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  • Scents of space

    Feng Shui creates a sense of spaciousness in interior settings which should appeal to all of your senses. One of the most powerful of these is your sense of smell. While it is obvious that the smell...

    • Posted May 1, 2012
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