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Tag: Japan

Japan Has a Coronavirus Quarantine Mascot, and He’s as Adorable as You’d Think

Japan Has a Coronavirus Quarantine Mascot, and He’s as Adorable as You’d Think
Despite some early worries, Japan has so far managed to keep the COVID-19 outbreak relatively well contained in their country. It certainly could spike, but I’m hopeful that their efforts to reduce social interaction, and to quarantine people with the virus have paid off.

Japan’s In Game Booster Gel Wants to Level Up your Gaming

Japan’s In Game Booster Gel Wants to Level Up your Gaming
Ready for another marathon gaming session? You might think a highly caffeinated drink like Mountain Dew or Red Bull will help you stay awake and alert, but there’s a company in Japan that thinks that’s wrong.

These Unique Clothes are Made from Rubber Bands

These Unique Clothes are Made from Rubber Bands
As far as I know, most clothes are made out of fabric like cotton, polyester, leather, or nylon. But this unusual fashion line is made entirely out of rubber bands. Student Rie Sakamoto designed the stretchy clothes as part of her Integrated Design thesis project at Japan’s Tama Art University.

USB-powered Bears Keep Your Hands Warm While Typing

USB-powered Bears Keep Your Hands Warm While Typing
Do your hands get cold while you type away at your computer keyboard? Mine do here in my drafty office with the snow falling outside my window. And while I could just type with gloves on, I think some USB-powered hand warmers might be better a better idea.

These Solid White and Black Jigsaw Puzzles are Pure Hell

These Solid White and Black Jigsaw Puzzles are Pure Hell
Do you like to put together jigsaw puzzles? So do I. But I’m not sure I’d have fun assembling these daunting puzzles from Japan, which are made up entirely of a single color. Every single piece in these puzzles is the same exact color – either white or black.

Toyota Goes EPCOT with Its Own Prototype City of the Future

Toyota Goes EPCOT with Its Own Prototype City of the Future
Not too long ago, I visited with Toyota in Tokyo to learn about their plans to transform from an automotive company into a mobility company – concerning themselves with all of the different ways that people need to get around, and not just cars and trucks anymore.

This Tentacle Cushion Is Octoplush

This Tentacle Cushion Is Octoplush
Do you ever wish that sometimes an octopus could reach out with its eight arms, and just hug and squeeze you? Well now you can experience that sensation with this plush octopus tentacle cushion. SK Japan’s soft and neck-hugging pillow wraps around you, offering the warm embrace of a squishy octopus tentacle – minus the sucky bits.

Japanese Theme Park Getting Life-Size Godzilla!

Japanese Theme Park Getting Life-Size Godzilla!
Japan sure loves their classic monster movies, so it’s no wonder that Godzilla is always showing up all over the place. Now, it turns out that a theme park is building a life-size version of the scaly kaiju, and unlike some previous Godzilla statues, this one is going to be a permanent installation.

Pringles Man Made from Pringles Can

Pringles Man Made from Pringles Can
Despite the fact that they’re not actually potato chips, but are some kind of smooshed up potato mush, Pringles are still pretty tasty. As you know, these crispy snacks come stacked in a cylindrical can, with Pringles’ iconic mustachioed mascot on front.

Cat Head Chargers: For Purring up Your Gadgets

Cat Head Chargers: For Purring up Your Gadgets
Do you like cats? Got some electronic devices that need charging? Then have I got something for you! These battery packs from Japan look just like cat heads. And just like real cats, they’re kind of weird.

Shark Tea Bags: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Cup!

Shark Tea Bags: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Cup!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen and pour yourself a soothing cup of tea… dammit, sharks. Yes, Daisho Suisan’s awesome tea bag looks like an angry great white shark floating in your tea cup.

This Earthquake Safety Helmet Folds Flat Until You Need It

This Earthquake Safety Helmet Folds Flat Until You Need It
Earthquakes are a fairly common occurrence in parts of Japan, so they have a tendency to think more about earthquake safety there than other places. One of the more important things to do in the event of a quake is to protect your head from falling objects.

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
We’re less than a year away from the start of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, so the Japanese city is well underway with preparations for the celebration of athletic talent, sportsmanship, and global goodwill. Among the many things that will be needed for the games to be successful will be methods for athletes to get quickly and safely between their housing and venues during the games – and automaker Toyota is working on just that.

Tiny Guitars are Finger Pluckin’ Insane

Tiny Guitars are Finger Pluckin’ Insane
I’ve tried playing the guitar on a few occasions in my life, but I always got frustrated with proper fret placement that I like to blame on my fat fingers rather than my lack of coordination.

Sleep with a Gorilla in Your Bed

Sleep with a Gorilla in Your Bed
Are you feeling lonely sleeping in your bed alone? Scared somebody might be climbin’ in your windows and snatchin’ you up at night? Well you need a gorilla in your bed! Japanese outfit You+More’s gorilla pillow is the perfect addition to any bed, offering up a comforting arm and huge pectoral muscles for you to rest your weary head on.

Kirby Desk Fan Doesn’t Suck, It Blows

Kirby Desk Fan Doesn’t Suck, It Blows
Are you a fan of Nintendo’s Kirby games? Well how would you like a fan of Kirby, then? Your wish is my command. Actually, I had nothing to do with it. This Kirby of the Stars desk fan is the brainchild of SK Japan.