J A P A N O R A M A

Ahh, Japan... land of the rising sun, rising sin, and rice with nearly every meal. In Japan everything is possible and possibly everything is available - often with a unique and unexpected twist. Vending machines dispensing whisky, frozen meat, live rhinoceros beetles or schoolgirl panties? Where else but in Japan, where urban legends live and die on streets that have no names.

As the Japanese Innovations Writer for InventorSpot.com and an unabashed Japanophile, I take great joy in channeling the relentless tsunami of on-the-edge Japanese ideas and products, each wondrous one revisiting and reinventing 1950s Japanese Transistor Radio Syndrome for the post-atomic age!

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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.

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