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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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Marriage-Hunting Apartments Feature A Stripper Pole In The Living Room

Japanese women looking to impress potential husbands should bring them home... but not to just any home. Each “konkatsu” apartment features a stripper pole and a bathtub right in the living room. Now that's what I call living!

Fleeceleeves Cuddle Your Coffee Cup The Eco-Friendly Way

Java junkies feeling guilty about tossing out cardboard coffee cup sleeves after each use now have a fashionable, innovative, eco-friendly alternative: the Fleeceleeve! Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, these fleecy mug-huggers fit almost any cup and can be over and over again.

Raku-Raku “Easy Plug” Safely Unplugs With A Pinch Instead Of A Pull

Yo dawg, Japan's Konna Shop heard you wanted a safer way to unplug electrical plugs so they found a plug you can plug your plug into that unplugs with a pinch instead of a pull!

Danboard Wallets Are Ultra-Thin, Extra-Cute

Danboard leather wallets ape the look of Japan's endearingly cute cardboard robot while providing users with two slim & stylish ways to store money, credit cards and their personal ID.

Space Tea Lets You Taste The Universe, One Cup At A Time

Space Tea is formulated to exude the fragrance of the universe, which if you weren't aware reeks of raspberries and rum. The herbal infusion also seeks to evoke for Earthbound imbibers the unique sweet smell spacewalking astronauts have noted upon their return to the International Space Station.

Nico Sushi Memo Pads Look Tasty, Won't Get Stinky

This holiday season, give the gift of sushi with Nico Sushi Memo Pads. Unlike actual sushi, these cute & colorful paper memo pads are easy to leave notes on and won't become smelly after being stuck on your refrigerator door for a few days.

Skull Lollipop Candy Case Shows Zombies You're No Sucker

Keep your friends close and your personal lollipop closer as the old saying (sort of) goes. The Skull Lollipop Candy Case from Japan's Village Vanguard will alert those so-called “friends” to keep their sticky fingers off your fave Chupa Chups sucker.

Nemuriale Sleep Aid Kitten Is Better Than Counting Sheep

The Nemuriale Sleep Aid Kitten is a soft & cuddly Russian Blue plush cat that puts stressed-out souls to sleep faster than the hippest hipster hypnotist!

Rilakkuma Condoms Make Cute & Conscientious Gifts

Rilakkuma "Honey" Condoms by Okamoto feature colorful box and wrapper art that's so cute, giftees might think they've been presented with a box of delicious sweet treats. Contraception just got a lot more adorable!

Dig In To Dinner With Deep Fried Construction Equipment!

Do not operate heavy machinery while eating? The heck with that! The clever designers at Panda's Hole, an edgy division of Takara Tomy's T-Arts, suggest diners throw caution to the wind and sprinkle their new line of Deep Fried Construction Equipment over your next box lunch.


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