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Burger Wrappers Hides Your Face With a Smile While You Eat

Liberation Wrapper

Most of the time, I prefer to eat burgers, chicken, and other food that might cause a mess at home. Not that burgers are messy, but everything tends to be all over the place as you take bite after bite–especially if the burgers are juicy. Cue the Liberation Wrapper, which was thought up by Japanese fast food chain Freshness Burger.

When unwrapped, the burger wrapper folds out and hides the face of the person eating with another face. It appears to be for women only, since the half-face printed on the wrapper is that of a woman’s.

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Mamoris is a Chair and a Helmet, When You Need One

Mamoris Chair

The Mamoris looks like your typical chair, except for its dome-like design at the bottom of the seat. Upon closer inspection, it might look like one of those bedside commodes, albeit a particularly futuristic-looking one. But it’s not a portable toilet, though. Rather, it doubles as a helmet in case you find yourself in danger from being injured from falling objects, like, say, during an earthquake.

It was designed by Japanese industrial designer Kota Nezu of Znug Design in collaboration with design firm Poplife. It makes sense, since hundreds of earthquakes rock Japan every year. The Mamoris was unveiled recently at Tokyo Designers Week, which wrapped up yesterday.

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Japan’s Seven Stars Steampunk Train Offers Luxurious Cabins for $11,500

Japan Steampunk Train

If you’re a tourist in Japan, then you have to try riding their bullet trains at least once during your visit. They’re definitely fast, but some might argue that they don’t offer the most comfortable of seats on board. That might be true–until the Seven Stars train came along. It’s a train that’s decked out in steampunk-style exteriors on the outside and luxurious comfort on the inside.

For example, Deluxe Suite A features a spacious 226-square meter room and a five-foot panoramic window that offers a gorgeous view of Kyushu from the rear end of the train. Every one of the cabins is covered in intricate wood decorations and high paneled ceilings.

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Care for a Bowl, er, Piece of Deep-Fried Soup?

Fried Soup

Leave it to Japan to come up with a completely new way to have soup. While the rest of the world drinks soup by slurping it out of bowls or scooping it up with a spoon, KFC Japan is serving it deep-fried. Diners can now hold their golden brown nuggets of soup in their hands before taking a bite to savor hot soup.

I’m not sure deep-frying soup is the best idea in the world, since some diners might be left with burnt tongues afterwards, but it’s definitely an interest take on soup. What do you think?

If you happen to be in Japan right now, then do drop by one of the KFCs there so you can sample this unique offering, which will be available for a limited time only.

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For ‘Firmer’ and ‘Higher’ Noses, Give the Beauty Lift High Nose a Try

Beauty Lift High Nose

I subscribe to the belief that everyone is born beautiful in their own special way. If everyone looked like society’s perception of beauty, then nobody would be truly beautiful because everyone would look the same at that point. Unfortunately, a lot of women think differently, as they see the need to go under the knife to change how they look. I’m not judging though; everyone’s free to do as they please, and if they feel like plastic surgery is the way to go, then it’s their choice.

If you’re thinking of going that route, then you might wan to consider the Beauty Lift High Nose first. It’s an unusual-looking gizmo sold by Japan Trend Shop that promises to give users a “firmer, higher” nose with continued usage. Of course, nothing is proven, but you might realize a couple of things while you defer the surgery and use this instead.

When worn, the Beauty Lift High Nose delivers a constant, gentle vibration to the parts of your nose that need it. The site recommends that the device be used for three minutes a day, every day. It retails for $68.

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I Dream of Pastry: Sleep on Sliced Bread, Croissants, and Cushy Omelettes

Bread Sleeping Bag

Who ever thought sleeping in and on pastry could be so comfortable? I don’t mean the normal kind you see at bakeries, but rather, I’m talking about these gigantic, cushy ones being sold by Japanese mail order company Felissimo. A variety of sleeping bags oozing with baked goodness are available, from the “Goodnight Desert Omelette” and “Japanese Cushion Bread” to the “Chocolate Nap” and “Cream Pocket Bread.”

Each of them is inspired by the particular pastry they’re named for. Some of them even come with red jam and chocolate filling–in the form of red and brown blankets respectively.

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Handy Salt Meter Lets You Know When Your Grub’s Too Salty

Salt Meter

Too much of a good thing is often bad for you, and that especially holds true to salt.

While salt-laden foods might be yummier, they’re also a whole lot unhealthier. So watch what you’re eating and keep track of the level of saltiness of your food when you can. Making the latter easier is the Handy Salt Meter. It’s got a LED display that lights up according to how salty your food is. All you have to do is turn it on and stick it into your food.

It doesn’t work on solid or cold food though, so you just have to use your better judgment for those.

The Handy Salt Meter is available online for $19.80.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Inink’s Playful Tees: Wear Your iPod on Your Shirt

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Some people wear their hearts on their sleeve, but you can wear your iPod instead. It’s more than just a novelty, because this shirt by inink can actually come in handy, especially if you listen to music a lot. If you’ve never sprung for one of those iPod or iPhone armbands that let you run, jog, or do whatever it is you need to do with both hands, then this shirt is a fun alternative.

These shirts are part of inink’s “pocket series.” All of the shirts in this run come with a translucent, sealable pocket that lets you carry small-sized items like your iPod, phone, handkerchief, and even your wallet. Just make sure you’re in a safe neighborhood before parading around with your essentials highly visible on your chest, though.

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MK3 Exoskeleton Suit Promises to Make Schoolgirls Better, Taller, Stronger

Exoskeleton Suit

Cyborgs might walk among us one day. For now, it’s just Japanese schoolgirls decked out in exoskeleton suits. You might have noticed that manufacturers turn to schoolgirls whenever they want to market some hot, new product in Japan. This time around, it’s the Powered Jacket MK3 developed by Sagawa Electronics.

It’s the first commercially available exoskeleton that’s being marketed in the country. Weighing in at just 55 pounds, the suit stands 7 feet tall and can be worn to travel around the city. It even bends over so its wearer can pick stuff up. For something that looks tough and mechanical, its wearer can have the suit grab an egg and crack it.

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