Cooking Chopsticks: They are awesome. If you have never used chopsticks for cooking, you really need to give it a try. Cooking chopsticks are larger than regular table chopsticks and come in various lengths. There are just some things, like beating eggs, flipping bacon, stirring just about anything, and testing the doneness of noodles that are made so much easier with chopsticks.
|This is what a toilet is supposed to look like|
|Water gets sucked into the circular metal intake within the |
tub, reheated to whatever temperature you have set on the
control panel, and shot back into the tub again. Genius!
|My first attempt at Hiroshima style okonomiyaki|
|Takoyaki browning on the griddle|
Deluxe Double Mama Chari: When I first came to Japan, I took one look at the kid's seats on the bikes and thought, "that is so incredibly dangerous. I would never, ever ride with my children in one of those". A few months went past and my thoughts changed to, "Okay, the bikes with one child seat look okay, but I will never be crazy enough to try and bike with two kids on my bike"! Now, three years later, I fully embrace the double mama chari. It is a very common sight to see moms and dads lugging around an extra 35 or so kilos of child on their bicycle so I am nowhere near the only one doing this. I am pretty sure that mothers back home would be given a lot of flack for choosing this method of transportation but I have come to realize it is actually safe and very practical, especially when you don't own a car. I might even argue that your child is in more danger while driving in a car, even when they are in a car seat.
Kotatsu: If you have no idea what this is, you can read about it right here. This is one of the best furniture purchases that we have made. Having a table that heats underneath is not just fun and comfortable, it allows you to save money on those freezing winter evenings by turning the heat down and relying on the kotatsu for warmth. It is especially awesome for game nights when everyone is sitting around a table anyway.
Free Delivery Within Days of an Online Purchase: Compared with Canada, we have moved to an online shopping wonderland. I can buy nearly anything online and sometimes the next morning it will arrive at my house for free. We have received deliveries on holidays, weekends, early in the morning, and late in the evening. This might just have to do with the postal service and delivery companies being so fantastic, but whatever the case is, my online shopping has drastically increased since moving here. At the moment I buy about 20% of our household goods and groceries online. If I had it my way, I would never have to go to a grocery store again.
Snow Cone Maker: I know this sounds kind of ridiculous and believe me, I held out on buying one of these for a while. Good friends of ours got one for us though and it has changed our life for the better. Nothing is more awesome on a blisteringly hot day than a cup full of fluffy shaved ice smothered in brightly coloured syrup. The kids love it and it is a much healthier, cheaper alternative to ice cream. Why have I never owned one of these before?