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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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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.

When It Comes To Cute Food, You Can't Beet Pink Curry

Welcome to Japan, where the burgers are black, the beer is blue and the curry is pink... at least THIS curry is, thanks to a special recipe that employs pink soy sauce tinted with beet extract. Dwight Schrute would surely approve.

Siretoco Baby Panda Donuts Could Be The Cutest Donuts EVAR!

Now you can face your inner panda and eat it too, thanks to Siretoco Donuts and their sweet Panda-tastic variation on Toad In The Hole. Not only are the donuts delicious, they provide full value for your dollar since you're not paying for empty space.

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!


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