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Shopping in Japan – 6 Popular Home Appliance Recommendations from BIC Camera Staff!

Shopping in Japan – 6 Popular Home Appliance Recommendations from BIC Camera Staff!

Date published: 6 March 2020
Last updated: 28 January 2021

Japanese home appliances are well known for being of great quality as well as being affordable, so it’s no surprise that foreign visitors come to Japan to buy what they want, and BIC Camera, which is a major home appliance chain of stores, is where many people find themselves going to.

Today we are going to look at small home appliances as recommended by Emi Nagai, an employee who works at BIC Camera in Shinjuku. She will take us through some popular items with foreign visitors which also have good value for money. Let’s take a look!

Table of Contents
  1. Hand Care Massager – Gentle care for your hands
  2. Made in Japan LED Ceiling Lamp – Affordable, Efficient, and with Many Functions!
  3. Ironing Hanging Clothes? Anything is possible with a Panasonic Clothes Steamer
  4. The Panasonic robot cleaner can clean every corner of your home!
  5. The Beautifully Designed Hitachi Air Purifier
  6. Panasonic hot water wash seat 360 degree foam cleaning to keep the toilet clean all the time!
  7. Special coupon for Live Japan readers!
  8. Related Articles

Hand Care Massager – Gentle care for your hands

Hand Care Massager – Gentle care for your hands

In today’s world our hands are always busy, whether that is playing games on smartphones or tapping away on keyboards at work, and so naturally they get quite tired!

This is where a hand massager comes in, which is perfect for tired hands. Airbags within this machine gently wrap your palm and each finger to relieve fatigue and promote blood circulation. In addition, it also has a warming function so that you get double the healing effect.

This hand massager has two options, one which concentrates on the fingers and one which massages the whole hand. You can try both and see which one is right for you.

When we think of massages we naturally think of our backs, but the hands are also an important part of the body for getting a massage, especially if you are using a computer or smartphone for a long time. The muscles in your hands can get tired.

Over a long period of time fatigue in the hands can build up, and in particular people with cold hands will find that this massager not only removes that feeling of fatigue, but also warms their hands.

● Product name: Lourdes hand massager (AX-HXL180WH)
Product number: AX-HXL180WH
Price: 10,000 yen (excluding tax)

Made in Japan LED Ceiling Lamp – Affordable, Efficient, and with Many Functions!

Made in Japan LED Ceiling Lamp – Affordable, Efficient, and with Many Functions!

Buying an LED ceiling light in Japan might sound slightly strange, but it is actually a popular product amongst foreign travelers. This is due to the varieties that are on sale, alongside their low price. Japanese LED lights are bright, with dimming settings, and are long-lasting.

An important factor in their popularity is the remote control that comes with them; you can control brightness and even switch the color between yellow and white. For high-spec LED ceiling lights there is even automatic dimming according to how much light is coming into the room.

Please check your airline’s regulations before purchasing to ensure it can be carried on board.
Product name: Hitachi Western Style LED Ceiling Light
Product number: LEC-AH88K
http://www.lighting.hitachi-ap.co.jp/lighting/item_detail.html?item_no=30215
Price: 8980 yen (excluding tax)

Ironing Hanging Clothes? Anything is possible with a Panasonic Clothes Steamer

Ironing Hanging Clothes? Anything is possible with a Panasonic Clothes Steamer

A few years ago Panasonic launched an iron steamer that can be used with clothes that are hanging up, and as such completely overturned what we all think of as ironing. The advantage of this iron is that you can use it whenever you want, and straightaway. It is smaller and lighter than a regular iron, and is ready to use in just 24 seconds.

The NI-FS540 model is the latest version and has several features. It can be used at any angle with continuous steam, and it has a both deodorizing and disinfecting effect which can remove the smell of sweat, tobacco, and more. It can also eliminate allergens such as pollen.

It is really useful for hard-to-wash clothes like winter coats, sweaters and expensive suits, you can easily deodorize and clean them without needing to use dry-cleaning services. It’s compact size, and easy use, also makes it the iron of choice when on the go, including both tourism and business trips.

According to Panasonic, sales of their irons, including steamer irons, have exceeded 200 million units. No wonder it is one of Emi’s recommendations!

Product name: Panasonic steam iron
Product number: NI-FS540
https://panasonic.jp/catalog/ctlg/iron/iron.pdf
Price: 9980 yen (excluding tax)

The Panasonic robot cleaner can clean every corner of your home!

The Panasonic robot cleaner can clean every corner of your home!

Panasonic's new robotic robot cleaner has built-in laser, ultrasonic and infrared sensors, this gives it protection against obstacles as it can automatically slow down and change direction - so you don't have to worry about your furniture getting damaged!

Its triangular body has been designed to let it reach every corner of a room, and it has a cleaning sensor that allows it to catch invisible pollen, mites and dust, and controls the speed of the cleaner according to how dirty the floor is. When there is a lot of dust the light on this robotic cleaner blinks with a red color, and when everything is clean it blinks with a green light.

One of the biggest differences from previous models is the Area Memory function! You can set up a three-week cleaning schedule, for example the living room or kitchen, and set it to regularly clean all rooms one week and just the living room the week after. You can set a schedule according to when rooms need to be cleaned.

Emmy says that she has one in her hour, and as her flat is clean already when she gets home after work it is really convenient.

Product name: Panasonic Robot Cleaner 'Luro' MC-RS300
Product number: MC-RS300
Price: 59,790 yen (excluding tax)

The Beautifully Designed Hitachi Air Purifier

The Beautifully Designed Hitachi Air Purifier

Emi recommends the Hitachi Air Purifier as one of their best products for families. It collects dust, deodorizes and dehumidifies rooms. On top of this it is beautifully designed with a glass panel screen where functions can be selected.

In stark contrast to other air purifiers it has a HEPA performance filter; this amazing feature captures harmful substances. In addition the filter has a long lifecycle of ten years, which is very economical compared to other devices which need new filters every couple of years.

Product name: Hitachi Humidifier Air Purifier
Product number: EP-BKG910
Price: 38,880 yen (excluding tax)

Panasonic hot water wash seat 360 degree foam cleaning to keep the toilet clean all the time!

It may sound funny to say that many foreign travelers buy toilet seats in Japan, but actually it is true!

Japan is one country where restrooms are always very clean and equipped with electronic toilet seats that come with many functions. There are quite a few different toilet seats on the market, and with developing technology they continue to come with even more new functions. For example, toilet seats which also clean and sterilize the toilet bowl.

Panasonic’s hot water cleaning toilet seat has a 360-degree device to clean everywhere inside the toilet. It has also upgraded this 360-degree nozzle from plastic to stainless steel. It can clean 99 percent of the toilet bowl.

It also has 25 different cleaning options for your behind which can be selected according to your gender.

In addition it is energy-saving, and can instantly warm up the toilet seat.

Product name: Panasonic Hot Water Toilet Seat
Product number: DL-ACR200-CP
Price: 43,320 yen (excluding tax)

Please note that photos and prices in this article are for reference only.

The home appliances introduced in this article are ones recommended by Emi Nagai. You can’t visit Japan without going shopping, so why not start making your shopping list now!

Thanks to Emi Nagai, BIC Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch

Special coupon for Live Japan readers!

Special coupon for Live Japan readers!

Present this coupon to shop staff to receive an extra discount off selected purchases! (Terms and restrictions apply)

  • BIC Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch
    BicCamera 新宿西口店
    • Address Shinjuku West Exit, Halc 2F-7F, 1-5-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
    • Nearest Station JR Shinjuku
    • Phone Number 03-5326-1111
    • Hours: Open daily, 10am - 9pm

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*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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