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Tag Archives: Japan

So… There’s a Cat Paw Scented Handcream, and A… Back-of-a-cat-head Perfume

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Look, we’re not saying that weird stuff comes out of Japan, it’s just that… weird stuff does tend to come out of Japan. Of course, maybe it’s just weird to us, whereas any native Japanese person won’t even blink at the mention of a Cat Paw Scented Handcream, or a Back-Of-A-Cat’s-Head Perfume. Whatever the cultural observation to be made on the existence of this product, the fact remains that it appears to be real. It’s hard to tell what’s really going on from a translated page, but it seems that the hand cream contains cosmetic industry buzzword components, like hyaluronic acid and collagen and has been specially formulated to recreate a pleasant version of the scent found in cat paws. Same story for the perfume, though it seems to be the kind that you spray on fabric. The hand cream costs in the vicinity of $10, while the perfume is closer to $23.

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Of Course There’s a Napping Aid Shaped Sort Of Like A Hand

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Well, maybe calling it a ‘napping aid’ is a little much, since you’re unlikely to be able to actually sleep on this thing. You will however have both of your hands free to continue doing whatever it is you do at work, while a third, plastic hand holds your head up. Sure, The Chin Rest Arm is promoting somewhat of a slacker style of doing things, but you can convince yourself that it can help you improve your posture or has some other health benefits. It’s completely adjustable, attaches easily to a desk, and it has a soft, cushiony exterior for your comfort. It’s 4,980 yen (about US$40).

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A Cat Suit With A Pouch For A Cat Is The Catsuit You’ve Always Wanted

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Aw man, we’re surprised the Internet didn’t break when news of this Cat Suit came out. It’s a lot like the Mewgaroo Hoodie we wrote about in May, it even bears the same name, only it’s a jumpsuit with cat ears and cat tail, or a Catsuit if you will. And like it’s hoodie cousin, it has a special pouch with a top opening in which you can stuff your cat, to complete the image. Oh, and a trap door so you can do your business while still carrying your kitty, which will undoubtedly make him happy and not freak out at all. Crazy cat ladies everywhere will jump at the opportunity to make a trip to the local Walmart donning this most awesome cat-loving and sanity-defying costume. It’s 8,000 Yen, or about $65.

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Aw: Cat Gloves Make Your Index Finger Look Like A Tail, Work With Smartphones

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That headline pretty much sums up the product. It’s just a quirky little glove with a cat printed on the back, and if you wiggle your finger across your smartphone’s screen, it looks like a wagging cat tail or something. They’re obviously Japanese, where we imagine this sort of thing wouldn’t have people shaking their heads in bewilderment as we think they’ll do here. They seem to cost around 3,980 Yen, which is around $33.

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Girl Makes $700 Cat Bags

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No, these are not taxidermied. They’re hand-crafted bags made by Japanese artist Pico. She makes them one at a time, probably takes forever, and so feels entitled to charge $700 for them. If I were to spend ungodly hours making cat bags, I probably would add a zero to that figure, but that’s just me. They’re actually up for sale on a Japanese Yahoo Auction website, so maybe $700 is what one of them sold for while other may fetch different prices (after reading another article on the topic, that’s exactly what it is. Still… $700?!). I’m not sure since everything is in Japanese and I can’t find proper information. So instead of being an informative post, just revel in pictures of super cute kitty purses and if you’re feeling adventurous, try to navigate the links to figure out how to get your own.

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Critter Fingers? Totally

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We suppose these are just one step removed from Crazy Cat Lady status, and that just may be enough to motivate some of you to get them. These handmade animal rings are made by Japanese artist Jiro Miura and come in almost endless varieties. They’re made to order, which could mean that it’ll take a while to get your order, but the website is in Japanese and Google Translate isn’t cooperating. So explore, poke around, and discover if you’ll be able to place an order for a set of Animal Rings.

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People Have Too Much Money: Japanese Tour Bus Seats 10, Costs $1,200+ Per Passenger

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Would you pay $1,200 for a bus tour? Some people in Japan are. As a matter of fact, $1,200 is the cheapest ticket for a special bus tour by Japanese company Isetan Mitsukoshi Travel; the bus only seats 10 people, and carries passengers in luxury similar to that offered in first class flights. More expensive options range up to $2,665. Sure, you get tons of leg room, drinks and meals, toured outings, and even stay at some fancy hotels… but you’re still paying $1,200+ for travel in a road going vehicle. Trips leave Tokyo and take passengers to cities like Nagano and Gunma, though destinations vary by season. By the looks of it the company is doing well, which just goes to show that this world is full of people with too much money.

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Hello Kitty Contact Lenses Exist

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You shouldn’t be surprised. There’s a Hello Kitty toilet seat and a Hello Kitty chainsaw, so why shouldn’t there be contact lenses? These are $39 and are non-corrective. You can wear them for one month before you need to get new ones. They come in a dark brown color.

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Turtle Taxi is a Car Service Where Cars Run at a Turtle’s Pace

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Feeling nauseous? Have a baby on board? Oftentimes, cab drivers drive way faster than we’d like them to, and some actually get cranky if you tell them to slow down. Those in Japan are pretty lucky though, because there’s a car service called Turtle Taxi that aims to get you to your destination at the slower speed that you prefer.

Each Turtle Taxi is equipped with a button near the passenger’s seat. If you want the driver to slow down for whatever reason, just hit that button and he’ll drive at a slower speed. A turtle is displayed on the windshield to alert surrounding vehicles. It’s definitely an interesting concept and is quite popular in Japan, specially with pregnant ladies and with the elderly.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]