life hacks

What to do if you want to lower your apartment rent or avoid paying key money in Japan

And even if the owner won’t budge on the rent, you can still negotiate for some concessions that could save you a ton of cash.

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Japanese dad shares ingenious trick to keep kids (or yourself) from getting bored on the train

As usual, ice cream is the answer to our problems.

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We investigate the “secret menu” at Tendon Tenya: vegetable tempura for 210 yen?!

Mr. Sato knows a cheap way to chow down on Japan’s flaky fried food rice bowls, so he shared the trick with all of us!
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Five tips to stay stress-free and comfortable as you walk through Tokyo’s crazy-crowded streets

Being in the biggest city in Japan means you’re probably sharing the walkway with more people than you’d like, but here’s how to make things easier.

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Here’s why the home of an otaku is a great place to be during a blackout

Being prepared for an idol concert means you’re also surprisingly prepared for a typhoon-induced power outage.

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Manga teaches how to fall asleep in just 10 minutes with near-absolute certainty

Six simple steps to slumber require no breathing apparatuses, hard liquor, or any other sleep aids.

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Give yourself a Japanese head spa at home with this nifty gadget from the 100 yen store

We tried out the portable sparkling head spa and now we can’t ever go back to normal hair washing again.

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Japanese designers’ brilliant way to stop people forgetting their smartphones in public restrooms

Browsing while pooping is an internationally loved pastime, so here’s a clever way to make sure you never leave your phone behind.

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Feeling cranky? Drop that Snickers! Eat some beef and ice cream instead, Japanese netizens say

Japanese netizens attest to the spiritual power of a meaty dinner and a dairy dessert.

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Japanese cat lover has an ingenious plan to keep your cat from hogging your bed all night

Tired of sleepless nights from your cute kitty pushing you around the bed? Here’s a quick and clever solution.

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The simplest, most direct way to protect your umbrella from being stolen in Japan

Sometimes, a not-so-gentle reminder is all it takes to make sure your belongings continue to be yours.

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Travel tip: 100 yen shop solves the “What do I do with my trash?” problem visitors face in Japan

A clever solution to one of the biggest annoyances about traveling in Japan.

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How to buy milk at the store in Japan, even if you don’t read or speak any Japanese

Can’t read the kanji characters on the label? You’re not the only one, so here’s a shopping secret to help you out.

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Japanese lifehack from Tokyo Police Department helps you open chip packets with ease

Tired of ripping into stubborn chip packs with your teeth? Now you won’t ever have to do that again, and the tools you need for the trick are likely to be in your pocket.

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Japanese umbrella strap helps prevent thefts by literally keeping an eye on your belongings

Creepy cool accessory’s clever construction makes the eye go into alert mode when you snap it on.

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We try out some space-saving jeans-folding wizardry, perfect for travelling light【Photos】

Folding magic that’s handy in a number of situations, including travel.

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Anime fan shares ingenious lifehack to hang posters without putting holes in your walls

Cool trick lets you swap posters in seconds, won’t damage the walls of your home or the beautiful anime art.

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Save yourself hundreds of yen at CoCo Ichibanya curry chain through menu mastery!

Taking advantage of the menu options can have you stuffing your face with delicious curry rice, for less.

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The method to save a seat in Japan shows how awesomely safe the country is【Video】

Leaving your belongings unattended to save a seat doesn’t mean you’re sure to lose your stuff, experiment shows.

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An easy way to stop people from stealing your umbrella in Japan, plus put smiles on a few faces

Simple technique requires only a printer, some tape, and maybe an anime reference.

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