I went to Japan and fell in love.
It was my first time there, and whoooooa, the place is surreal. I felt like a metal ball in a pinball machine, gleefully bouncing around amid flashing lights, bizarre corners and colorful characters. I've been... More »
If there's one thing that can zap your zen faster than a violin class for preschoolers, it's clutter. The quandary of too much stuff is only magnified when you dwell in a tiny-ass apartment or dorm room. Luckily, the Japanese have perfected space optimization. (That and making really awesome game shows.) Daiso, a pink-walled discount superstore in Irvine's Heritage Plaza, is stocked with aisles and aisles of stackable, hangable, compartmentalized household goods that make organizing feel as... More »