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Turning a crazy cheap country Japanese house into a home — Step 13: Mysterious pit, nasty smells

Why is there a pit underneath the floorboards of the SoraHouse?

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Can Daiso’s mini washing machine wash your jocks and socks?

Testing out Japan’s famous 100-yen store item with something other than makeup sponges.  

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Egyptian bento in Tokyo? Taste-testing the Lopia koshary【Taste test】

This bento is hard to find, but once you do, it’s worth eating!

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Enjoy a weekend trip to Thailand for less than $50? We show you how【Photos】

Our penny-pinching reporter shows you how to travel on a tight budget and still have an amazing trip.

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A visit to one of Japan’s motorcycle Shinto shrines

You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to visit here, but it helps.

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Mountain meshi hiking! Our guide takes us to the top of Izugatake for an unforgettable lunch【Pics】

Chains, stoves, and coffee in the mountains of Hanno.

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Our team turns into old men on Respect for the Elderly Day with the magic of A.I. photo editing

It’s like looking into the future as Mr. Sato and his cohorts digitally advance themselves to a respectfully elderly age.

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Our reporter buys a tiny kiddie pool from Daiso, has entirely too much fun with it

Look, it’s really hot out, okay?

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We test out Daiso’s “High-Quality Stereo Earphones” and find a pair that actually impressed us

Can 300 yen (US$2.26) headphones actually have enough difference in sound quality to be distinguished?

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We find who gives the best deadpan face in inaugural ‘King of Expressionlessness’ Championship

Who is best able to completely rid their face of any emotion whatsoever? Let’s find out!

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Our otaku reporter Seiji rides the slowest train to Chichibu–and his coworker flips out

What’s so wrong with taking the local train to Chichibu?

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Is Daiso’s 500-yen grilling plate good enough for at-home yakiniku dinners? We find out!

Maybe you don’t need to spend big money to eat yakiniku at home. Or maybe you do…

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Solaniwa Onsen: Kansai’s largest hot spring theme park is also one of its most beautiful

Finally, a super hot spring facility that accepts people with tattoos…on one condition. 

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We try new ‘adrift at sea’ experience and end up floating alone on the Yamaguchi coast

In the middle of the ocean, no one can hear you scream.

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How to make edible slime with just two ingredients

This easy food hack from Japan is just waiting to go viral.

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Do Tokyo natives get lost in Shinjuku and Shibuya too? We ask our in-office Tokyo-ites

The maze of Shinjuku Station and beyond may just be a maze for everyone.

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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 investigate whether the “Beijing Olympics” is, in fact, real

Our Japanese-language reporter Seiji Nakazawa brings us news straight from the source.

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Soak in a sand bath in Beppu, Japan’s famous onsen region

How to enjoy the healing powers of hot sand at this popular seaside location. 

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We try Ajinomoto’s new frozen gyoza, come up with a dangerously delicious way to eat them

You’ll never eat gyoza the same way ever again!

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