Enjoy Your Time Home! 5 Best Stay-at-Home Goods From Tokyu Hands
The products featured in this article will surely make your time at home more enjoyable! Below are five recommended items that are perfect for those staying at home. You can buy these products from Tokyu Hands, a major home improvement center and general merchandise chain in Japan with branches all over the country. They offer shipping both in Japan and abroad, so check them out. You might just find something you like!
Nanoblock (prices start at 858 JPY (incl. tax)) is the world’s smallest building block as it only measures 4mm x 4mm x 5mm. Those who have played with blocks may already know that with the majority of the building blocks on the market, one side of a block measures an average of 1cm. Nanoblock, which debuted as tiny building blocks that are less than half the size of regular building blocks, is so difficult that even adults find it extremely hard to complete a given structure. Once you start working on the Nanoblock set of the Kaminarimon Gate of Senso-ji, the oldest temple in Tokyo, you’ll get so obsessed with what you’re building that you won't notice all the time speeding by. You can also better reproduce even the most detailed areas compared to using usual building blocks, so given its extremely high degree of completion and perfection, it’s definitely worth your time!
One of the most popular Nanoblock series is Pokemon, which both adults and children love. You can choose your favorite character from a collection of more than 10 characters.
There are also many other Japanese structures aside from Kaminarimon, such as Kyoto’s world-famous sightseeing spot Fushimi Inari Taisha. You can feel like you’re traveling around Japan while in the comfort of your own home when admiring your completed creation!
2. Aroma Gel Light
The Aroma Gel Light (2,750 JPY (incl. tax)) is a product that was inspired by the scent of the universe. You’re probably wondering how one can smell anything in the cosmos when there’s technically no air, but the spacesuits that were worn by astronauts who have come back from space apparently had a fruity smell. They say that the source of that scent is ethyl formate.
This product perfectly reproduces the scent of ethyl formate. You’d surely be surprised to find out that's what space smells like! The one thing that I like about this product is when you flip the switch on, the starry sky print on the side of the glass lights up. I now constantly look forward to marveling at the starry sky while being enveloped by the scent of the universe before going to bed at night. Have a relaxing time at home with this gel light!
3. Billy no Kumitate Kit
How about recreating old-fashioned Japanese landscapes with the Billy no Kumitate Kit (Billy’s Assembly Kit) (prices start at 3,300 JPY (incl. tax))? There are various kits available, including an onigiriya-san (rice ball shop) and wagashiya-san (Japanese sweets shop). Even I was shocked at how much the takoyakiya-san (octopus dumpling shop) resembles the real thing. As a native Japanese, I feel a sense of nostalgia every time I look at the heartwarming diorama I built, feeling that I've slipped back in time. If you are not so familiar with Japan, this product will be the perfect opportunity for you to learn about the types of structures and scenery that decorated old-time Japan!
4. Gakken Stayful Colorful Mizudango J750614
Colorful Mizudango (1,650 JPY (incl. tax)) is an experimentation kit that lets you create a mysterious, jiggly mizudango (round water dumpling). The strange experience of “holding water” is something that can be easily done at home, and it’s bound to be very exciting for both children and adults! With this kit, you can make as many water balls as you like, including water balls about the size of a droplet of water, as big as the palm of your hand, or even long and thin!
The product comes with powders in three colors (red, blue, and yellow), so you can enjoy a wide range of color variations by simply mixing the colors. Some of you may already have your heads filled with different images of what you’ll create and in what color. Well, I feel like making a round water dumpling that looks like a huge blue crystal ball!
Squeezing a Kaomaru (2,750 JPY (incl. tax)) will take away all your stress. This product looks pretty terrifying, doesn’t it? Even I was reluctant to hold this face in the beginning, but when I did, I was hooked on its perfect balance of softness and elasticity! Plus, the more you look at it, the fonder of it you become. Kaomaru is a huge hit at Tokyu Hands, selling a total of 300,000 units since its launch in 2004. It is an item that is also gaining a lot of attention worldwide. The different expressions of human emotions that it makes are definitely captivating. Make sure to grab and squeeze a Kaomaru when you are bored or stressed!
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Found an item you like? Have a great time staying at home with these goods from Tokyu Hands!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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