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Cultivating well-being while working from home

Working from home, remote working or teleworking. Whatever the wording, this may very well set a new precedent as a widespread lifestyle worldwide, and setting up a home office or an environment where one can work comfortably on business-related tasks need not be a chore.

Consider it a chance to flex some creativity or exercise a right to choose colors and items that a regular workplace may not allow. Discover office goods and furniture from suppliers such as Costco and Ikea that make life a little easier, much more interesting, extra stylish and possibly more fun.

Don’t forget ergonomics. Furniture that supports optimal health is a must. Standing desks are another option while energy-saving devices and products to help cope with summer’s relentless humidity are also must-haves for the home.

Meal, food and beverage delivery services, meanwhile, help save time and minimize risks during times of requested physical distancing and self-isolation.

Looking after one’s health — both physical and mental — is highly recommended. Online classes and consultations are plentiful; it’s just a matter of choosing the most appropriate option for one’s circumstances.

All information is subject to change.

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Online shopping

Costco

Online shopping is a recent, but well-received service offered by Costco; browse here for (home) office equipment, snacks and other teleworking essentials such as noise-canceling headphones.

URL: https://www.costco.co.jp/

Minimum order: ¥5,000 (including tax)

Payment options: Major credit cards

Shipping: Varies

Ikea

The Swedish furniture behemoth offers various home office options, from ergonomic chairs to desks, storage and even plants. Teleworking tips and virtual “home” backgrounds for office calls are welcome extras.

URL: https://www.ikea.com/jp/en/ or

https://www.ikea.com/jp/en/customer-service/shopping-at-ikea/online-store-pub8679c890

Minimum order: N/A

Payment options: Major credit cards accepted

Shipping: “Click & Collect” at ¥990; pick up delivery (for online shopping) from ¥3,990; basic delivery from ¥990

Lohaco

Internet retail portal and one-stop marketplace selling various items — think groceries, home decor, office supplies — to help ease the transition to remote working.

URL: https://lohaco.jp (Japanese only)

Minimum order: Varies

Payment options: Cash on delivery, credit card, PayPay, (telephone) carrier billing, bank transfer

Shipping: Free for purchases of ¥3,300 or more. Exclusions apply for larger items and those sold via the Lohaco Marketplace.

Takeout & food delivery

Rakuten Realtime Takeout

Support local restaurants by pre-ordering online to pick up meals directly. Rakuten Realtime Takeout touts itself as safe, fast and seamless. Currently operating in central Tokyo, the service will soon expand nationwide.

URL: https://takeout.rakuten.co.jp/landing/

Minimum order: N/A

Payment options: Payment is made using the card details linked to the customer’s Rakuten ID account.

Shipping: N/A

FineDine

Servicing Tokyo and parts of Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures, FineDine’s easy-to-use delivery service brings quality dining from some of the city’s finest restaurants to customers’ homes.

URL: https://www.finedine.jp/

Minimum order: Typically ¥2,000 (including tax)

Payment options: Cash on delivery, credit card or bill (advance registration required).

Shipping: Varies by restaurant (generally 15 percent of total order).

Harnet Corporation

Meat lovers will rejoice with the wallet-friendly offerings at the Mega Meat Mart from Harnet Corporation, a food supplier to the business-to-business sector for over 21 years.

URL: http://harnetcorp.com/

Minimum order: ¥500

Payment options: Cash on delivery, credit card

Shipping: From ¥1,050

Kiwi Kitchen

From savory pies to comforting pastas to mouthwatering curries — Kiwi Kitchen Home Packs are freshly made to order and ideal for times when cooking does not appeal.

URL: https://kiwikitchen.com/english/

Minimum order: ¥5,000

Payment options: Cash on delivery or PayPal.

Shipping: A ¥500 fee applies for orders up to ¥9,999; delivery is free for orders over ¥10,000. Delivery limited to Tokyo’s Minato Ward and nearby areas.

Wine & coffee

AWines

Perfect for when work winds down or to enjoy at a virtual dinner party, AWines’ boutique wines speak of their maker’s passion, dedication and terroir.

URL: https://awines.jp/

Minimum order: N/A

Payment options: Cash on delivery, credit card, PayPal, online bank transfer, Rakuten Pay, (telephone) carrier billing

Shipping: Varies according to prefecture, but free for orders over ¥16,500

Blue Bottle Coffee

Third-wave coffee pioneers keep customers caffeinated through the supply of freshly roasted coffee beans and aesthetically pleasing goods.

URL: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp (Japanese only)

Minimum order: ¥2,850

Payment options: Credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Shop Pay

Shipping: ¥750 flat rate

Staying healthy

Club 360

Tokyo gymnasium offering online physiotherapy appointments, nutrition consultations, personal training and exercise classes to help people achieve their fitness goals in a time when physical health is of utmost importance.

URL: https://www.club360.jp/fitness-programs/#onlineservices

Minimum order: ¥2,000 for the first class, a five-pack is ¥10,000 thereafter

Payment options: Credit card online via Square, bank transfer also possible

Shipping: N/A

My Body My Pilates

Counteract the physical stress of working from home with a pilates class that improves strength, posture and flexibility. My Body My Pilates is now livestreaming classes via Zoom — choose from child, prenatal or adult options.

URL: https://www.mybodymypilates.com/home

Minimum order: From ¥1,000

Payment options: Bank transfer; major credit cards accepted except Discover, JCB and Union Pay

Shipping: N/A

Tokyo Mental Health

Need help adjusting to new working circumstances and coping with COVID-19? Tokyo Mental Health offers online counseling and has run support groups dealing with the pandemic. TELL (https://telljp.com/) offers similar programs.

URL: https://www.tokyomentalhealth.com/

Minimum order: N/A

Payment options: Bank transfer; major credit cards accepted except JCB. Note: Services are not covered by Japanese National Health insurance.

Shipping: N/A

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