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.
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.
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.
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.
Payment options: Credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Shop Pay
Shipping: ¥750 flat rate
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.
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
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.
Payment options: Bank transfer; major credit cards accepted except Discover, JCB and Union Pay
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.