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5 Must-Have Japanese Kitchen Gadgets to Support Your New Work-From-Home Life

5 Must-Have Japanese Kitchen Gadgets to Support Your New Work-From-Home Life

Date published: 23 March 2021

Ah, springtime! The season of new beginnings. More than any other time of the year, spring inspires countless people to wholeheartedly try something new, whether it be going to a new school, starting a new job, transferring to another department, or anything else at all!

Ever considered getting a useful new home appliance to give you a kickstart on this new leg of your life journey this year? Check out these 5 popular items from electronics megastore BicCamera that will not only help to reduce housework time, but make your working-from-home life much easier as well!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Takuhanki Binchōtan Sumidakigama: Enjoy eating rice made in an authentic clay cookstove!
  2. 2. Waterless Auto-cooker HEALSIO: Just add ingredients and seasonings!
  3. 3. Vertuo Next Bundle Set: Enjoying serious coffee casually at home
  4. 4. Electric Pot STAN.: High-tech, large capacity electric jug with a modern design
  5. 5. Oven Toaster: Large capacity interior for all your urgent breakfast needs
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1. Takuhanki Binchōtan Sumidakigama: Enjoy eating rice made in an authentic clay cookstove!

1. Takuhanki Binchōtan Sumidakigama: Enjoy eating rice made in an authentic clay cookstove!
Takuhanki Binchōtan Sumidakigama

Mitsubishi's "Takuhanki Binchōtan Sumidakigama" rice cooker contains a thick pot coated with a double layer of binchōtan (*1) charcoal to enhance the cooker's heating prowess. It comes installed with five heaters to maintain a high temperature in the pot at all times, and uses a patented "consecutive boiling" technology that keeps food constantly piping hot. Each grain of rice being cooked in this cooker is heated up to the proper degree, which results in a fragrant finish that's almost reminiscent of the taste of rice made in a traditional clay cook stove.

Whether you're having a busy day or in the mood for trying something new, this versatile cooker can adapt to your needs. Use it to either cook washed rice normally, or try out the interesting "Ultrasonic Water Absorption" and "Quick and Fast" modes that it comes with and be pleasantly surprised!

*1: Binchōtan: A type of high-grade cooking charcoal that was made by burning hard wood such as oak in high heat of up to 1,000 C (about 1,832 F). The result is a charcoal that always holds heat well and makes delicious food as a result.

・Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
・Product name: Takuhanki Binchōtan Sumidakigama [525 grams or 18.5 ounces capacity / IH] (Model: NJSV06R-B)

2. Waterless Auto-cooker HEALSIO: Just add ingredients and seasonings!

2. Waterless Auto-cooker HEALSIO: Just add ingredients and seasonings!
Waterless Auto-cooker HEALSIO

The helpful Waterless Auto-cooker HEALSIO by Sharp is an incredible machine that makes a meal for you using any ingredients and seasonings you put inside. It does the mixing and heat control automatically, saving you much precious time and headache. If you'll be stepping outside for a while, you can even set the timer to have the meal ready for you by the exact time you reach home!

From waterless to low-temperature cooking, you can make curry, roast beef, omelets, and plenty of other delicious delicacies using the variety of options available in this pot. This is THE auto-cooker to get if you're hoping to spend as little time on meal preparation as possible!

・Manufacturer: Sharp
・Product name: Waterless Auto-cooker HEALSIO (Model: KN-HW16F)

3. Vertuo Next Bundle Set: Enjoying serious coffee casually at home

3. Vertuo Next Bundle Set: Enjoying serious coffee casually at home
Vertuo Next Bundle Set (GCV1-RE-A3B)

Brew premium quality coffee right in the comfort of your own home with Nespresso's "Vertuo Next Bundle Set". It comes with a Vertuo Next coffee machine that uses the company's patented Centrifusion extraction system and an Aeroccino 3 milk frother.

The coffee machine lets you choose from five cup sizes, three capsule sizes, and 28 different styles of coffee. It will adjust the extraction settings according to the capsule coffee being used to ensure that you get the best out of every last drop within. The settings are refined regularly and updates are automatically downloaded into the machine when it is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi.

You can't deny that this is certainly a machine that will come in handy for long-term telecommuting, especially when you need a slight breather or change of pace!

・Manufacturer: Nespresso
・Product Name: Nespresso Vertuo Next Bundle Set (Model: GCV1REA3B)

4. Electric Pot STAN.: High-tech, large capacity electric jug with a modern design

4. Electric Pot STAN.: High-tech, large capacity electric jug with a modern design
Electric Pot STAN.

Zojirushi Corporation's "Electric Pot STAN." was designed with the concept of centering kitchen activities around the ever-present water jug. To that end, it comes packed with features that are useful for essential daily activities, such as a 2-minute quick boiling of enough water for two cups of coffee, selectable temperatures, slow dispensing, and more. In order to make it fit into the modern kitchen, the jug's design is kept simple and utilitarian.

This electric jug is also capable of keeping water heated up at a steady 70C (158F), a convenient temperature for making formula milk. Households welcoming a new infant this spring are highly recommended to consider getting this jug in preparation for the baby's arrival!

・Manufacturer: Zojirushi Corporation
・Product Name: Electric Pot STAN. (Model: CPCA12)

5. Oven Toaster: Large capacity interior for all your urgent breakfast needs

5. Oven Toaster: Large capacity interior for all your urgent breakfast needs
Oven Toaster

The main features of Panasonic's "Oven Toaster" is its streamlined design and large interior space - enough to toast four slices of sandwich bread at once! It also comes with five heat levels to provide users with flexibility, and a 30-minute timer that helps with recipes requiring longer cooking times. This means the oven is capable of whipping up baked goods such as pizza, gratin, baked sweet potatoes, and more! It fits right into the lifestyle of a family with children or a busy working person who needs to prepare breakfast as quickly and efficiently as possible.

・Manufacturer: Panasonic
・Product name: Oven Toaster (NTT501)

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Want to save time on housework? Want premium-tasting food and drinks right inside your own kitchen? Whether you're a working or family person, the appliances mentioned here are some of the best items you can get for yourself or others to kickstart a new phase in your life as the spring season begins!

* Information at the time of coverage. Business hours and services / prices may change depending on the situation.

English translation by: Huimin Pan

Written by:

Mae Kakizaki

Mae Kakizaki

Active as a freelance writer and editor since 2019. Utilizing her background as a monthly magazine and portal site editor, she currently contributes walk-around-town articles to websites.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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