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Tag Archives: Japan

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.

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Realistic-Looking Fake Food Jewelry Looks Good Enough to Eat

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Look away if you’re on a diet and want to still be on one at the end of the day. Because while we’re talking fashion accessories, they might as well be food because of how close to the real thing they actually look. This line of jewelry was created by Hatanaka, a Japanese manufacturer that specializes in making uber-realistic plastic food replicas for restaurants.

Now they’re expanding their line of business to the fashion industry with their bacon belts, soba necklaces, spaghetti hairpieces, and pasta earrings.

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Kitten Shaped Marshmallows

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Hot chocolate and marshmallows, anyone? If you’ve got a pulse and are on the Internet, there’s a chance cats hold a soft spot for you. And if you’ve got a pulse and are on this planet, you’ll find yourself in a tiny minority by disliking hot cocoa. So what better way to liven up your cup than with a bunch of cute Kitten marshmallows? They float and look up at you as you sip, preparing themselves mentally for when the time comes to swallow them up. You monster.

It’s 860 Yen, or about $7USD for a box, and it appears to contain between 10 and 13 (if we understand the translated page correctly). Yes it’s Japan only at the moment, but they might deliver.

[ Product Page (translated) ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Shoulder Bag With Pop-Up Tablet Holder

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We thought the whole point of tablets is that you could easily hold them in your hands and wouldn’t need, you know, a lap to put them down on. Still, their portability doesn’t seem to be enough to discourage accessory makers from giving you the option of hands-free operation and we suppose that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Thanko’s got this Shoulder Bag With Pop-up Tablet Holder that ingeniously transforms from a bag, into a specially angled tablet holder. Just unzip, flip and enjoy using your tablet at hip level, while retaining full usage of both hands to do anything you want.

It’s 4,980 yen, or roughly $42.

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[ Product Page (Translated) ] VIA [ AkihabaraNews ]

Thanko Mobile Battery with Handy Mist Keeps Your Phone Charged, Your Face Moisturized

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Where’s that moisturizer when you need it the most? Winter is coming, and the cold air can be harsh on skin. Seeing as most people don’t leave home without their phones (and their power banks!), Thanko’s mobile battery seems like a smart solution to low power and dry skin. Aside from being a portable power source, it comes with a built-in spray that keeps dry skin at bay.

The battery itself has a 2,200 mAh capacity which should give you enough power to make a couple of emergency calls or send messages. To charge it up, all you have to do is plug it to your PC for three hours or so. The Thanko mobile battery with handy mist is available for 4,980 yen (or about $43.)

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Japan Crate Sends You Sweet Japanese Candy Every Month

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You might’ve seen some Japanese candy and its colourful packaging on the Internet for years, and wondered how they taste. But Japan is there, and you’re over here, and oh how will you ever find out? Well it’s easy now: sign up for a Japan Crate, and every month you’ll get a mystery sampling of Japanese candy!

Every month we’ll send you a mystery box ranging from 4-6 full size candies or 10-12 with DIY Candy Kits. Receive anything from a sushi candy making kit to Vanilla Ice Cream Kit Kats. Starting at $12/month with free shipping anywhere in the United States.

So not only can you get a hand-picked sampling of Japan’s finest cavity-causing sugar treats, but you’re also sort of signing up for a surprise every month. It’s like Christmas, twelve times a year!

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