No one does weird like Japan does weird. Here are some of the strangest inventions that are currently on the market place.
Tuttuki Bako Finger Game Box
Japan certainly has a reputation for strange and interesting handheld games but there is nothing like the Tuttuki Bako Finger Game. Each stage features something you interact with by poking it. Stick your finger in the box and a digital representation appears on the screen mimicking your motions. The different game levels include terrorizing a tiny stick man, poking a girl in the face and flicking a tiny panda.
The Facebank is hungry and LOVES to eat your coins! Using sensors embedded in the eyes, the Facebank knows that you’re about to give it a delicious coin and starts to chew. Just leave it in his mouth, and he’ll chew it up and swallow it!
Home Somen Shop
Somen is a refreshing Japanese wheat noodle, traditionally eaten in the summer to cool off from the Japan’s humid summers. They’re most famous for being eaten as “nagashimen,” noodles flying down a bamboo pipe as would-be eaters try to catch them with their chopsticks. It’s a ton of fun, but feeling sorry for those who don’t happen to live in rural Japan, Bandai has brought the fun of nagashimen to the home, with the Home Somen Shop.
Pet Emergency Evacuation Jacket
Longtime pets feel like part of the family, but in times of crisis, they can get skittish and hard to manage, endangering themselves and their owners. You can stop worrying, though, because the brand-new Pet Evacuation Jacket is here to get you and your pet to safety in fires, earthquakes, and other disasters. Made from the same material used by Japan’s world-class firefighters, this flame-retardant suit protects from heat while adding a carrying handle for controlling and transporting frantic pets. It’s not just for your furry friend, though- pockets on the side of the jacket hold emergency tools and supplies for pet and owner alike.
Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece
To get and maintain the perfect visage, you don’t need the cosmetic surgeon’s knife. All you need is a mouthpiece. According to the manufacturer three minutes per day is all you need; pop in the mold and then make mouth movements. The makers recommend you say vowel sounds out loud over and over again, producing regular and methodical exercises that will strength the twelve facial expression muscles in a comprehensive way.
Feeling angry? Turn your loudest, most urgent frustrations into mere whispers with the Shouting Vase. The plastic jug is designed to fit over the contours of your mouth and absorb your screams and shouts, “storing” them in the vase and emitting a softer version of your angry cries through the tiny hole at the base.
Recently there’s been a lot of fuss in the news about weak Japanese men, the so-called soushoku danshi or “herbivore men” who prefer shopping to sex, personal preening to manly drinking. Well, in fact, Propia reckons the “wild” look is the next big thing and is offering this convenient way to turn yourself in an instant lumberjack.
The Japanese are very clever at making small things that are also highly practical. This breath-checker is no exception. This mini gadget has a simple-to-understand scale measured in hearts. A red broken one means you don’t want to go too near your partner until you get yourself a mint!