Urawaza : Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan, Paperback

Urawaza : Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan Paperback

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An urawaza is a "secret" tip or trick to remedy an everyday problem ingeniously, inventively, and resourcefully.

The solutions are often unexpected and, in using available everyday materials and strategies, also eco-friendly.

Urawaza is a Japanese word originally coined by gamers in the '80s to describe secrets and shortcuts in Nintendo videogames.

The word has evolved into describing the clever and unusual tips and tricks used in Japan to maximize efficiency and value of everyday items.

This is the first book tracing the phenomenon and collecting more than 100 useful tips.

Each entry is presented as a lighthearted dilemma, including a solution through an urawaza and an explanation of how/why this works.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 40-50 illustrations
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Encyclopaedias & reference works
  • ISBN: 9780811862158



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This book has a simple layout - problem, solution, and why it works. I'm sure a lot of these solutions work, but the few I've tried fell short. I tried removing a stain and freshing coffee. Those didn't work. Curing constipation with pressure points did seem to help a little though.This is a good reference book for some of the daily problems you want solutions to. In other words, if you don't want to deal with chemicals, food going bad, or the dangers of the outside world, and you don't mind looking silly, this is a book you should look in to.

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