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Tower of Power: Tokyo Sky Tree Officially Completed on Leap Day 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower, was officially completed on Leap Day of 2012. The 2,080 ft (634 meter) tall tower soars almost twice as high as the 1958-built Tokyo Tower and will take over most of the orange & white downtown landmark's digital broadcasting duties.

Cosplay Cyclops Anime Girl Rocks Tokyo Wonder Festival

Teenage mutant Leela's girdle? The Cosplay Corner at the Winter 2012 “Wonfes” sported someone (or some thing) so shocking, disturbing and, er, cute it deserves a blog post to try to explain it... and the more you know, the more disturbing it gets.

Darth Vader Alarm Clock Helps Prevent Snore Wars

With the Darth Vader Alarm Clock you'll never wake up on the wrong side of the bed again... you'll wake up on the Dark Side! This Official Japan Licensed Lucas Films product plays the main theme from Star Wars to help “force” you out of bed each morning.

Hand Grenade Key & Coin Case Blows (Up) Your Cover

The frighteningly fashionable Hand Grenade Key & Coin Case from Motif comes in your choice of 6 cool colors, any one of which will garner the owner oodles of attention... from the TSA, at least.

Driving Colorblind? See This New LED Traffic Signal!

Red light, green light, what light? That's the question a growing number of colorblind people are asking when confronted by new LED traffic signal lights. Since up to 10 percent of the population suffers from red-green colorblindness, an answer is needed pronto... and Professor Taro Ochiai of Japan's Kyushu Sangyo University thinks he's got one: a redesigned LED traffic light easily visible by everyone.

Panasonic Eneloop Batteries Celebrate Walt Disney's 110th Anniversary

Panasonic's popular Eneloop rechargeable batteries are showing their “LoveLove” for the late Walt Disney. Officially approved, limited edition battery designs in red, white and black honor the award-winning animation pioneer by celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Louis Vuitton Belt Buckle Cell Phone: Call it Garish

Show me the money? In modern China it's more like “show YOU the money”, and what better way to tell the world you're rich and successful than with the Louis Vuitton Belt Buckle Cell Phone?

Sing-a-Long Tongs: Microphone Tongs that Rock the Kitchen

Reckon you're the chef of the treble clef? Then you'll love Sing-a-Long Tongs, microphone tongs that rock the kitchen! They may not improve your cooking but at least you'll be burning water in style.

The 'iFeng' 4S Blow Dryer Salutes Steve Jobs While Styling Your Hair

Honorable homage or a lot of hot air? You'll pay a little more for the white “iFeng 4S” limited edition blow dryer at China's online Tmall but only 100 of the “Steve Jobs 1955-2011” gold embossed tributes are set to be sold.

Turn Your iPod Nano into a Watch with the Nanox Conversion Kit

Apple's iPod Nano packs a lot of features into a very small package... so small in fact, that it's amazingly easy to drop or misplace. Enter Nanox, who've created an Apple-approved designer conversion kit that turns any sixth-generation iPod Nano into a secure and stylish wristwatch.

Skate Deck iPhone 4 Cover Makes Making Calls a Snap

So you snapped your deck riding mongo and doing a slide on a handrail... who ya gonna call? A better question might be HOW you're gonna call, and Strapya Taobao has the answer: the Skate Deck iPhone 4 Cover from Candies!

Whimsical Tony Duquette for Coach Jewelry Collection

I walked in to the Coach store just as they were setting out an amazing line of jewelry based on the vibrant spirit of the late costume designer and decorator Tony Duquette.  On the display was a simple plaque stating:  Tony Duquette: An American design icon, his motto was “more is more.” Coach is honored to collaborate with the estate of Tony Duquette on a collection of limited edition jewelry.

Wearable Eyeglasses Computer Combines Mainframe and Monitor

A Chinese technology company has designed a wearable computer with no visible mainframe or monitor - they've both been miniaturized and secreted in a pair of highly modified eyeglasses! This is much more than just another concept, as China's powerhouse mass production capacity ensures the mighty mini multimedia machine will be filling store shelves this coming March.

Japan Tobacco Introduces 'The Peace' Luxury Canned Cigarettes

Smokers seeking a more luxurious and relaxing smoking experience need look no further than “The Peace”, an all-new, top of the line canned cigarette from Japan Tobacco. Sold by a selected number of Japanese retailers at a premium price and packaged in sleek metal cans, The Peace is the ultimate expression of an iconic brand first introduced in 1946.

Sweet Music: Chocolate Scented Headphones for Valentine's Day

Ear candy just got real thanks to 'Sound Like Chocolate', the world's first chocolate-scented stereo headphones. Thoughtful, tasteful and calorie-free, these sweet smelling headphones from Japan's Fu-Bi are the perfect practical Valentine's Day gift for your favorite cocoa nut.

Solar Powered & Retro Styled Toyota 2000GT SEV Sounds Crazy, Sparks Interest

The Toyota 2000GT SEV is a one-off, electric concept car being shown to the public at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Designed by the Crazy Car Project under the direction of the Toyota Automobile Association, this “shocking” automotive update takes Toyota's iconic late-sixties sports coupe from flower power to solar power.

Designer Keyboard Brush from Japan is Really the Pits

Finally, a use for armpit hair! Well, sort of. This cute anthropomorphic brush is designed to clean your keyboard's hard to reach nooks and crannies while putting a smile on your face. The unabashedly hirsute “Okite” underarm hair brush comes from Japanese design house and specialty retailer DECOLE, and is one of the popular Humania series of home, office, kitchen and school cool tools.

Remote Control LED Color Changing Ice Bucket for Light Drinkers

Add some extra fizz to any party with the LED Color Changing Ice Bucket with Remote Control. The bucket's cool-running 25,000-hour rated LED light ensures your bubbly won't boil while the remote control option is just as cool as it gets.

Chinese Online Retailers Furiously Flogging 'Three Wolf Moon' T-shirts

Remember “Three Wolf Moon”, 2009's meme of the year and, as a result, Amazon.com store retailer The Mountain's biggest selling design EVAR? No? It seems China doesn't either, leaving the field of wolf-wear wide open for one enterprising online seller obliviously ensconced (along with their customers) behind China's Great Firewall.

Slip Your iPhone 4 or 4S into a SwitchEasy 'Melt' 3D Case

SwitchEasy's colorful “Melt” 3D cases for the iPhone 4 or 4S keep your smartphone safe from life's hard knocks while managing to look hot and cool at the same time. The cases feature a slick, shiny, melty-look top portion molded in smooth polycarbonate plastic for easy ingress and egress from the owner's pocket.