The Good, the Bad, and the weird in Japan

Hello gorgeous people of the world!

BOREDOM! For a change…. Let’s take a break from J/Kpop news, gossip and all that jazz and go outside of the fandom for a while and breathe some real air – this way we’ll see that there’s a whole wide world out there and yes, some real people too. LOL. To prevent extreme out of fandom experience we’ll take baby steps and explore a place that pretty much blurs reality and illusion, contorts reality to make it an illusion and makes illusion palpable. OH WHATEVER. It’s a country that does NOT need any explanation for it to make sense. JAPAN! 

We all know Japan has some crazy ideas up its sleeve. And most of the time Japanese stuff are all whacked up but dammn are they cool! So you have to be willing to try EVERYTHING without questions asked. Thirsty? Try drinking from these juice packs that uses real live fruit skins like banana peel and kiwi husks (is that what you call ’em? lol) the strawberry’s still artificial though. Hmmm. Clever. Now you don’t have to worry about guessing which flavor you’re choosing!
 

 

Can’t cook? Try these cute and crazy cookwares!

 

These chopsticks have sauce in them so you can inject them anytime you want while eating. 

 

This gadget is for all those sleepyheads out there who always get in trouble for snoozing at work, school or wherever. It detects when you are on the verge of sleep and goes off as an alarm. LOL Japan has solutions to EVERY little problem. 

 
MOMJI DOLLS! 

At the peak of their popularity, these dolls were able to outsell Pukka dolls, and yes, even Hello Kitty. They are given as thank you gifts, get-well-soon tokens, and so on.  Aren’t they just the cutest things?? They remind me of those Russian figurines that are hollow inside and when you open them you can find little versions of the same figure (the purpose of which I don’t know)!

 

And of course. Who can ignore every little girl’s best friend? The portrait of Japanese definition of cuteness. Hello Kitty! Our fave kawaii kitty has morphed into all sorts of gadgets you can imagine. What do you think about when you see Hello Kitty? Sunshine, rainbows, ponies, gummy bears, cotton candy and everything nice? 

 

Kitty digicam’s sure gonna make you smile!

 

Kitty earsets and MP3 player for a cute listening pleasure! Whatever that is.

 

 I so wanna OWN this Kitty cell phone!

 

Okay this will be my ultimate test of manly manliness from now on.  If you’re a manly man and you can still rock this hot pink Hello Kitty motorcycle then you’re one cool dude… You know how guys are afraid of anything that has to do with the color pink. I mean, whoever said that blue is for boys and pink is for girls anyways?

 

 Vacuum in style!

Well, no wonder Hello Kitty was made the ambassador of Japanese culture. But if you look at it from a cultural perspective, it could be that HK is loved because she represents the image of being "girly", "meek", "obedient", and of course "cute" – perhaps a reflection of what the Japanese expects of women? Or maybe I’m wayyy thinking about it too much. Hello Kitty is still a classic, and will always be iconic all over the world.

ENOUGH ABOUT CUTE. MEET THE IKEMEN BANK!

 

Ikemen means "good looking" and the Japanese has taken it to the next level. It’s your very own virtual boyfriend.  Choose from the five handsome boys and each time you put in a coin (depending on how much), you can advance your relationship with the "boy." For each coin he says, "You’re so beautiful/cute." And even  "Let me kiss you. AS IF! The target market for this thingamajig are women in their 20s and 30s. THAT’S MILDLY DISTURBING.

 

You can even watch him sleep! AWWW. (*shivers*)

For the gentlemen, or more accurately, lonely boy otakus out there… meet your new match!

Meet EMA, or Eternal, Maiden, Actualization (LOLWHUTT)!

 

Kissing you baby!

 TOKYO (Reuters) – She is big-busted, petite, very friendly, and she runs on batteries.A Japanese firm has produced a 38 cm(15 inch) tall robotic girlfriend that kisses on command, to go on sale in September with a target market of lonely adult men. Using her infrared sensors and battery power, the diminutive damsel named “EMA” puckers up for nearby human heads, entering what designers call its “love mode”. “Strong, tough and battle-ready are some of the words often associated with robots, but we wanted to break that stereotype and provide a robot that’s sweet and interactive,” said Minako Sakanoue, a spokeswoman for the maker, Sega Toys.” She’s very lovable and though she’s not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend.” EMA, which stands for Eternal Maiden Actualization, can also hand out business cards, sing and dance, with Sega hoping to sell 10,000 in the first year. Japan, home to almost half the world’s 800,000 industrial robots, envisions a $10-billion market for artificial intelligence in a decade. ———- LOVE MODE??? WTH. 0_______0

 

Weid Japanese warning sign. Bird says NO! to feeding. ROFL.

 

Tired of the usual beach and garden weddings? Have a "space wedding!" There’s a wedding company in Japan where guests will have to stay on the ground while wifey and hubby tie the knot in space for about an hour. The ceremony will be transmitted live to  the guests. The cost will also drive you to space. It’s 2.22 million dollars or 240 million yen. Well at least the groom or the bride can’t run away.

NOW ON TO SOME WEIRDER STUFF.

 

Maid Laundromat. What is it with otakus and maids anyway??

MAID CAFE. MALE VERSION.

Maid computer case. DON’T ASK.

 

Ipod with raw meat casing. AGAIN, DON’T ASK.

 

BOOB Pillow. Another gadget to cure lonely nights….

 

Computer/ remote-powered toilet with every feature possible….

 

You can even play golf while you’re doing business!

Damn. Japanese inventors must be sniffing some serious crack to make all of these. Just kidding. GOTTA LOVE THEM!
 

Photo/ info credits: japanite.com and japanese trends

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