Daiso’s Standard Products store — what’s worth buying and what’s not? Our expert weighs in

Standard Products promises items that are “slightly better” than 100 yen store Daiso, but does that apply to all goods in store?

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We test out 100-yen shop Halloween pet accessories on a purrfectly cute assistant

Click for cute cat pictures! Oh, and adorable, affordable Halloween pet accessories. 

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Tour our Japanese-language reporter’s apartment, a wonderland of 100-yen trinkets

The best things in life are priceless, but the most useful things tend to only cost about 100 yen (US$0.90).

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Awesome Tokyo cafe’s less-than-a-buck beer is so cheap it’s almost criminal

The name of the restaurant is Coffee Mafia, but it’s the poster for 100-yen beer that has our attention.

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100-yen water guns get super cool makeovers, make awesome costume accessories 【Photos】

Halloween is less than a week away! Do all of you have your costumes ready?

If you’re still looking to add a nifty additional touch, then you can do as these handy DIY-ers on Twitter did and turn inexpensive, 100-yen (US$0.84) water guns into clever, steampunk-ish accessories. All it takes is some paint and a little creativity!

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Stay safe on the cheap with a disaster preparedness kit put together at the 100-yen shop

We recently celebrated Instant Ramen Day, marking 56 years since the very first packs of easy-to-cook noodles appeared in Japan. Not every anniversary that comes at this time of year is so lighthearted though. On September 1, 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake struck the Tokyo area, resulting in the death or disappearance of some 140,000 people.

Out of respect to the fallen and concern for the living, in 1960 the Japanese government designated September 1 as Disaster Preparedness Day, and this year we put together a disaster kit assembled from items you can easily procure at the 100-yen store.

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