Garbage pail? Discarding trash is a big deal in a country that recycles just about anything that it can. Amazingly, there are no in sink garbage disposals (or few if any). Residing in Japan means the resident must adhere to Japan's garbage and recycling laws. For example, empty milk cartons must be recycled. They must be washed out, cut up and turned into your local recycling place (for cardboard and paper).
Reminiscent of a 50's automobile seat. Looks good but is it comfortable?
Simple yet elegant.
A seat cushion, most likely for company when they are visiting. Sitting on the floor is customary in Japanese homes as they are small and the furniture usually consists of a dinning room table and accompanying chairs. Other furniture takes up valuable space. Manhole covers in Japan are part of city living.
Laughing? Crying? Take your tension out on the squeeze face ball.