As humans, we all tend to experience some of the same problems in life for which no solution has yet been invented or put on the market. Household remedy books are nothing new and work wonders if you have them ready at the right time. Maybe we could all learn some new, undiscovered tips from Japan in the Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan book.
I do have to admit that the spraying the bottom of a sled with nonstick cooking spray tip comes eerily close to Clark Griswold applying wax to the bottom of his metal sled, and this tip may belong in the “do not try this at home” category. You don’t want to wipe out in the dumpster next to Walmart. But there are several other fix-its in the book that will enlighten you and have you troubleshooting like the Japanese. Finally, we get a peek at some of their secrets!
Japan has a way of thinking that is just . . . different. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Tokyo-born journalist Lisa Katayama’s collection of urawaza (a Japanese word for secret lifestyle tricks and techniques). Want to turbocharge your sled? Spray the bottom with nonstick cooking spray. Can’t find someone to water your plants while you’re away? Place the plant on a water-soaked diaper, so it slowly absorbs water over time. The subject of popular TV shows and numerous books in Japan, these unusually clever solutions to everyday problems have never before been published in English until now! Urawaza collects more than 100 once-secret tricks, offering step-by-step directions and explanations in an eye-catching package as unconventional as its contents.
Another light read that you may want to tuck with you away on summer vacation this year is the “How to Be the Best Bubblewriter in the World, Ever” Book.