We've all seen the "Japanese folding T-shirt" video; that trick belongs to a category of Japanese household tips called urazawa, handy little techniques to solve common problems using whatever's lying around.
Lisa Katayama, the blogess behind tokyomango.com, has compiled an entire book of them. Urazawa: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan lists a crapload of effective techniques that go way beyond folding a shirt. (Most will be unfamiliar to Westerners, which adds to their charm.) Want to know how to clean a leather jacket with a banana? Restore a misshapen or shrunken sweater? Improve your skin by bringing an umbrella into the bathroom? Get that club stamp from last night off your hand? With over 100 different tricks, you'll probably be putting your own YouTube clips up in no time.
The book's on sale here; below, Lisa shows you how to get melted candle wax off the floor.