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Why This Japanese Toaster Is a Game-Changer in My Kitchen

Sleek and minimalist in design, my Balmuda toaster has become a fixture in my home. Within minutes, croissants get warmed to buttery perfection, flaky on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside. Bagels get crisped without getting burnt and leftover pizza is revived to its original fresh-baked status. This is all due to Balmuda’s innovative steam technology, designed in Japan by Gen Terao. The key to its technology is a small teaspoon of water deposited into the toaster, where it begins to envelop around the dish, whether it’s a pastry, piece of toast, or fried chicken (I’ve honestly tried everything)—the water helps seal in moisture and flavor. 

I’ve tried many toasters over the years, as well as my fair share of toaster ovens and regular ovens. My main qualms have always been the lack of consistency in settings which prevents me from achieving the perfect “toast” each and every

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How To Create An Onsen Bath At Home, According To An Expert From A 1,300-Year-Old Japanese Spa Town

A trip to an onsen is a quintessential part of a trip to Japan. The age-old ritual of soaking in a hot spring-fed bath quietly among others feels like an escape from the stresses of everyday life—something just about everyone needs right now.

While the pandemic has made travel to Japan off-limits for most tourists right now, it hasn’t put a damper on recreating the onsen experience at home, using tips from Colin Fukai. He serves as global marketing chief of Nishimuraya Honkan, a Japanese ryokan (or inn) with rooms that lead to a lush garden, sublime kaiseki meals made of ultra-fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, and its own on-site onsen exclusively reserved for guests.

Nishimuraya Honkan makes the perfect home base for visitors

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Inside the Japanese retreat at 28 Mackennal Street in Canberra

Behind the unique front of this 1950s home lies a spectacular ‘Japanese retreat’ – complete with a dreamy bathroom sanctuary, modern decor and an airy open plan living area perfect for entertaining

  • Designers have created an epic oriental retreat fronted by an unassuming façade on a quiet Canberra street
  • The one-of-a-kind home at 28 Mackennal Street in Lyneham was inspired by Japanese interior design
  • Made from Australian-sourced recycled materials, it has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a four-car garage
  • Standout features include a bath clad in Tasmanian oak and a grass-watering system controlled from an app
  • The outdoor deck is made out of timber salvaged from a basketball court at the Australian Institute of Sport
  • So unique is the design that the home is nominated for the 2020 Master Builders Association Housing Awards
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