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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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Kit Kat Sandwiches? Sweet!

Hello Kitty, goodbye diet... and by Kitty we mean Kit Kat of course. No longer content with being Japan's fave go-to snack bar, Kit Kat is expanding its reach to sandwich territory. Expanding Japanese waistlines are sure to follow.

Catlike Cloud Stockings Put Some Calico In Your Stride

You'll find the world's weirdest and wildest stockings in Japan but Nekomasa Soushi-kun tights are weirder and wilder than most. Inspired by the changing patterns of passing clouds and friendly felines, these stockings might not be safe for work but they're sure to attract curious glances just about anywhere else – the catwalk included.

Toast Sponge Breaks The Mold When It Comes To Kitchen Cleanups

Quit loafing and wash those darned dishes... or just the opposite, using your tasteful Toast Sponge! Packed in “loaves” of four slice- er, sponges each, the Toast Sponge adds a dash of whimsy to everything including the kitchen sink.

High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.

Kit Kat Apple Pie & Carrot: A Neat Easter Treat That's Not Just For Bunnies

Japanese Kit Kats are famous – or infamous – for flavors ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. We'll have to slot the brand new, limited edition, Easter-themed Apple Pie & Carrot flavor firmly in the latter category even though it was the top entry in a public poll. Can you imagine what flavors didn't make the cut?

Bin 8 Bottle Is Eight Handy Kitchen Tools In One

The Bin 8 “Kitchen Tool Like Bottle” is a stylish storage solution for those tired of searching for that essential utensil lurking unseen in kitchen drawers and cupboards.

Solo Oven Cuts Cooking Down To Size For Single Chefs

Forever alone but never not hungry? The Solo Oven from Recolte makes dinner for one an even more personal experience that, much like your love life, takes up hardly any space and is barely noticeable.

Wasabi & Beef Doritos From Frito-Lay Japan: Shut Up & Take My Money!

Could new Wasabi & Beef Doritos be a snack fit for a king? Frito-Lay Japan hopes to drive the point home by dubbing these meaty dippers “Royal Rich Taste Tortilla Chips”. Ditch that turkey drumstick, Henry, there's a new aristocratic snack in town – for a limited time only.

It's Time For The Back To The Future II DeLorean Time Machine “Crazy Case” for iPhone 6

Will you be ready when Doc Brown's time-traveling DeLorean arrives in Hill Valley later this year? No? Better make like a tree and get out of here – but don't leave without your Back To The Future II DeLorean Time Machine “Crazy Case” for iPhone 6.

Hello Kitty High-Tech Heated Toilet Seat Will Warm Your Heart

Hello Kitty fans and collectors who think they have it all can add one more item to their bucket list: a high-tech, full-featured, officially licensed Hello Kitty toilet seat that's guaranteed to warm your heart... and some other places too.


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