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Tag Archives: Japan

Kooky Robots Let You Know If You Have Bad Breath or Stinky Feet

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Got bad breath and feet that can stink up an entire room? Then these robots will let you know. Developed by CrazyLabo and the Kitakyushu National College of Technology in Japan, the Kaori-chan and Shuntaro-kun robots will smell your breath and sniff your feet before letting you know just how much you’re stinking up the place. Kaori-chan will tell you what it thinks about your breath straight to your face, while Shuntaro-kun beats around the bush a little and shows you instead by either cozying up to you or losing consciousness.

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Sushi Cats: A Photo Series of Adorable Felines Served Up as Sushi

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Love cats? Love sushi? Then you’ll love Sushi Cats. Before you freak out and insist that you don’t find cat sushi appetizing, let me reassure you that Sushi Cats isn’t sushi that’s made from cats. Instead, it’s actually a photo series by Japan-based company Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts that showcases the most adorable cats dressed up as sushi.

The cats are perched on a comfortable-looking gigantic rice pillow and they’re “topped” with an array of stuff, ranging from condiments and seafood to handbags and striped socks. There are more photos from the series after the jump.

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Want Some ‘Iron Man 3′ Instant Noodles? Well, Come and Get It!

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Iron Man 3 will be hitting theaters in less than two weeks’ time and the hype is on hyperdrive. Aside from the endless barrage of trailers and promotions on the big screen as well as on the silver screen, a handful of themed toys have already been released on the market. Even stuff that you never thought would get made are getting made, like Iron Man 3 instant noodles.

It doesn’t come with a suit or any fire power, but it will give you that boost of energy your normally get after eating a particularly hearty meal.

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Make Your Beer All Frothy With Ultrasonic Technology

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They sure like a good head of foam on their beer, over in Japan. At least you’d think so when you consider this is the second product for making extra foam that we’ve come across, the first one being this self-frothing mug we wrote about last June. The Sonic Hour by Takara Tomy is a simple plastic base upon which you place a flat glass of beer; press a buttons and it’ll shake the bubbles to the top. We’re not convinced that this is going to make better beer, rather thinking it’s likely to make flatter beer. But hey, at $40 you can try it yourselves and see if this makes an acceptable solution to an inferior pour.

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Below-the-Belt Ads: Turn Your Butt Into a Billboard and Get Free Underwear

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Nothing is free in this world. I mean, you can sign up for free offers or subscriptions, but you’ll end up paying for these sooner or later, one way or the other. For example, there’s this site in Japan that’s called Free Pants, and while they’ll send anyone who wants a pair some free underwear, it’s not as free as they’ll think.

You see, each of the pants they’ll be shipping out will have some ad of some sort on the bottom. The logo of some deodorant or shampoo brand or a cable company will be printed and displayed prominently all over the wearer’s butt for the whole world–or for whoever happens to be with them in the bedroom, anyway–to see.

Interested? Sign up for a pair on Free Pants.

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Calling Chocoholics Anonymous: Now You Can Drink Chocolate Stout from this Chocolate Glass

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Beer and chocolate make for a surprisingly delicious combination. It might not sound very appealing, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Because once you have, I swear, you’ll be coming back for more. Japanese brewery Sankt Gallen is well aware of this, since they’ve been producing chocolate flavored stout for a while now.

However, they’ve decided to take things a notch further by offering a set that includes a bottle of their best-selling chocolate stout and an edible chocolate glass. Beer and chocolate aficionados are supposed to pour the stout into the glass and enjoy the flavorful drink while taking a few bites of chocolate in between.

Rocket News 24 asserts that the glass could counteract the bitterness of the “ultra-dark beer’ which was brewed “with over twice the ingredients of your average dark beer including roasted ‘chocolate malt.'”

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An Unusual Dessert: Japanese Condom/Boob Ice Cream

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Ever wondered what condom ice cream tastes like? Then wonder no more, because now you can taste it for yourself–if you can get your hands on a Japanese frozen dessert called Gomu Yokki Aisu, that is. (That’s translates to ‘Ice Cream Filled Rubber’ in English, but it’s not being marketed as a condom ice cream in Japan. In my opinion (which many others share, including Youtuber emmymadeinjapan), it looks more like a boob anyway, and ice cream company Kubota agrees, since they used the same packaging as the former and called it Oppai Aisu or ‘Boob Ice.’

Gomu Yokki Aisu has been available for quite a while now, although the Japanese never really thought of it in that way (bless their minds!) until a Canadian exchange student ruined the perky icy treat for the whole nation by posting a review calling it ‘condom ice cream.’

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So It’s Come To This: A Roomba For Cleaning Your Smart Devices’ Screens

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Did you ever think you’d see the day we got lazy enough, as a species, to invent a tiny robot whose only task it is to clean the surfaces of our smartphones and tablets? Because, what, wiping is too hard now? Don’t get us wrong, we think the AutoMee S is pretty awesome, but only in a “look at that cute thing moving about on my iPad” sort of way. And we suspect that it’s been created precisely because of its cuteness, especially considering it’s being launched in the Japanese market by Takara Tomy. And we all know Japan likes its kawaii. The AutoMee S measures “67 × 73 × 38mm, weighs 82 grams and is powered by a single AA battery which is good for three hours of cleaning.” It takes 4 minutes to clean an average smartphone and twice as long for a tablet. Like a Roomba, it has edge sensors to prevent it falling off the device, and is programmed to move in random patterns, eventually covering every bit of the surface in its allotted time.

It’s going to hit the market on March 28, in Japan, for 1575 Yen ($ 17) a piece.

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Tabletop Washing Machine Is Perfect For Cramped Apartments

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The King Jim company from Japan has just announced the release of a tiny washing machine that can live on your countertop. The Swash, as it’s called, doesn’t fit a whole bunch of clothes, only about 250 grams. But that should be enough to wash a few hand towels, or maybe a couple of socks or a dirty shirt. It’s for those occasions where you don’t have time to run out to the cleaners, and don’t want to make the effort of hand washing in the sink. It’s a 15 minute washing cycle plus a 3 minute rinse, and uses about 5 litres of water each time. Just fill it up with H2O, place the drainage hose in the sink, and you’re good to go.

Of course, the convenience of not having to hand wash your own dirty clothes will cost you a decent amount. In this case, roughly $160. And we’re not even sure if there’s a spin cycle, so good luck drying them in a hurry. Also, good luck getting your hands on one unless you’re in Japan. It’s released there on the 15th of February.

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