Living overseas usually makes you appreciate all the uniquely American things that you take for granted or miss...usually, for us, that was Taco Cabana. Now that we're back in the US, we miss all the things that made life easy in Japan. Not a day went by when we didn't see something that made us say, "Hmm. Why didn't I think of that?"
While wasting some time surfing around one of my favorite productivity websites, Lifehacker.com, I found this post, dedicated to some of the time savers and general all-around good ideas that the Japanese have come up with.
Take a look...Also, check out her site, TokyoMango, all about the quirky side of life in Japan. One of the things we truly miss.