Electric Fork Simulates Salt By Stimulating Your Tongue

An electric fork developed by researchers at Tokyo University could be a boon for people restricted to low-salt or salt-free diets. Salty, sour and even metallic tastes can be evoked by the innovative battery-powered fork.

Cones Of Smilence : Japan's Top 10 Cute, Kooky & Quirky Traffic Safety Cones

Safety cones have become so commonplace along Japanese roadways and walkways, those who deploy them must resort to extremes in order to have the portable warning sentinels stand out in the crowd. These 10 examples of startling safety cone scenery reflect the current state of affairs in prominent pyramidal triangulation.

Honda's Limited Edition HT3 Driving Shoes Put The Rubber To The Road

Honda reached for the sky with the innovative HondaJet but now the Japanese automaker has taken a step back with the down-to-earth Honda HT3 Driving Shoe.

Easter KitKats From Japan Evoke Bunnies & Pancakes

Nestle Japan has no idea what you're talking about, so they made a limited edition pancake flavored KitKat just for Easter!

McDonalds Japan's Serves Up French Fries With Chocolate Sauce

McDonalds Japan answers the question absolutely nobody's been asking: Why can't I drizzle my fries with chocolate sauce?

Banana Stuffer Turns Boring Bananas Into Sweet & Delicious Snacks

The Sonna! Chocobana-na kit is just the thing for parents whose fussy kids turn their noses up at healthy bananas. Next time finicky eaters say “stuff it,” you can do just that!

So Karaoke Rock Climbing Is A Thing Now

Combine Karaoke with Bouldering (aka Rock Climbing) and you get "Boulkara" – karaoke rooms with rock climbing walls instead of seats!

Fruit Wrap Toilet Paper Juices Up Any Bathroom Decor

Award-winning “The Fruits Toilet Paper” from Japan's Latona Marketing design studio will add a little sweetness to any bathroom, though users will quickly find its beauty is only skin deep.

Kaoiro, An Emoji Stamper With A Retro Design

Kaoiro, the Japanese Kaomoji Stamper, allows users to stamp up to 2,000 different ASCII art facial expressions - emoji, in other words - on school assignments, work memos, divorce papers and more. Oxford Dictionaries has named "emoji" their Word of the Year for 2015 so don't get left behind the times!

Military Camouflage Kimonos Turn Ninjas Into Fashionistas

Love the look and feel of traditional Japanese kimonos but wish they came in patterns more, say, Rambo-esque? Wish no more: “Battle Dress Uniform” kimonos in military-spec camouflage patterns not only look badass, they're a lot more comfortable than a full metal jacket.

Edible Gold Leaf Wrapped KitKat Could Be The Richest Chocolate Yet

Japan's upscale KitKat Chocolatory stores recently welcomed their one millionth visitor and to celebrate the milestone, Nestle Japan is offering 500 very special KitKat bars individually wrapped in edible gold leaf.

World's Thinnest Artificial Blood Vessels Grown & Tested Inside Rats

Japanese researchers have developed the world's thinnest artificial blood vessels by growing the exceedingly narrow tubules underneath the skin of lab rats.

Jumbo Shrimp Neck Pillow Is Creepy & Comfy

This boiled jumbo shrimp neck pillow from Japan makes the perfect holiday gift for that tough-to-buy-for seafood lover but you'll be tempted to keep it for yourself: it's a unique couch cushion that'll also freak out your cat.

G.U.M. Play from Sunstar Turns Toothbrushes Into Interactive Smart Devices

G.U.M. Play from Japan's Sunstar Inc lets users listen to news and play games while they brush their teeth. The thimble-shaped gadget snaps onto the end of your toothbrush, instantly adding smart device functionality to your smart oral hygiene routine.

Casio S100 Flagship Pocket Calculator Celebrates 50 Years Of Calculated Progress

Casio Computer Co.'s first memory-function electronic calculator weighed 37 pounds and cost the equivalent of $1,000 each. Fifty years later, cheap pocket calculators sell for under a buck... and then there's the Casio S100, a “flagship” product priced at $220 and aimed at the high-end, luxury pocket calculator market. In related news, Casio thinks there's a market for high-end, luxury pocket calculators.

Potato Chip Burgers Put Junk Food On Fast Food

Japanese burger chain Lotteria isn't about to climb on the “healthy fast food” bandwagon – just the opposite! Partnering with snack food giant Calbee, Lotteria is offering up two burgers topped with crunchy Calbee potato chips and unique special sauces.

I'm Glovin' It! Japanese Rubber Glove Vending Machines

Looking for gloves in all the wrong places? These Japanese rubber glove vending machines are a godsend for those washing dishes, conducting cavity searches or dating Greg Marmalard after all the shops have closed.

Frito-Lay Japan Jumps On The Minions Bandwagon With New Banana Cheetos

The billion-dollar grossing film Minions has made the titular characters a worldwide phenomenon while endowing products they promote with a rare appeal... or should that be a peel? Case in point: Banana Cheetos from Frito-Lay Japan.

Ten More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks

Japan has the market cornered on weird & bizarre drinks – new and ever-weirder concoctions seem to hit the store shelves daily. Some have strange names, others have odd ingredients, and a few are just so bizarre one has to wonder what their creators were, um, drinking when they came up with the concept. Following up on our original list, here are Ten More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks!

Fish-Shaped Mobile Battery Sparks Devices, Smiles & Appetites

There's something fishy about the 6000mAh SOSOGE! TAIYAKIKUN, a mobile battery that puts portable power in the palm of your hand. Modeled after a taiyaki (a delicious traditional Japanese pastry) with glowing golden eyes, the SOSOGE! TAIYAKIKUN is a high-efficiency lithium ion battery that charges all sorts of mobile devices while sparking your appetite in the process.