Move over, Sharper Image! Japan is, and always has been, a leader in inventing things the rest of the world just doesn’t think about. They have the imagination and the know-how to create products that are not only practical and helpful, they’re also eye-catching and cute! Whether it is an ear exploration kit, a pair of heels with attached umbrellas, or a toothbrush finger condom, they know how to make stuff that the rest of us need to have.
Follow along to take a look at some of the strangest, most unique Japanese products out there. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find something you never knew existed but can’t live without.
14. Portable Crosswalk
Crossing the road can be tricky, especially without a crosswalk. I mean, who knows if the cars are actually going to stop? However, now that the portable crosswalk exists, your hesitation in crossing streets is over. Simply lay out the crosswalk where ever you’d like to cross and, voila, the traffic stops and you can continue to your destination.
13. Skirt Kayak
12. Toilet Putting Green
There are two types of people in this world: those who take their time in the bathroom and those who do not. If you are the former, this wacky invention is right up your alley. Instead of spending time on the toilet looking at the wall in front of you, simply fit on the putting green and practice your golf swing.
11. Hair Guard
Finding hair has to be one of the grossest ways to ruin a perfectly good bowl of soup, even if it’s one of your own hairs. With all the soup the Japanese eat, they know the devastation of wasting a hot bowl and thankfully, have come up with a handy invention to keep it from happening. Introducing the hair guard, saving tasty soup from falling hair everywhere!
10. Solar Lighter
Lighters are so easy to just toss in your pocket and carry with you where ever you go. On the other hand, they are also easy to lose. Instead of constantly needing to replace the cheap lighters you lose, why not invest in your bad habit — spend a little more on a sweet solar lighter, and look even cooler lighting up.