Semi-rigid, cubical rubber bands


From designer Nendo, "the geometrical shapes make the bands easy to find in a drawer and easy to pick up." Eye-watering pricetag, though: about $10 for three from Mark's.

cubic rubber-band (via Colossal)

(Image: Akihiro Yoshida)

Videos: how fake Japanese food is made

In central Japan's Gifu Prefecture, a man demonstrates the making of sampuru, the fantastic fake food seen in many Japanese restaurants.

Learn more in this Tofugu post: "Japanese Food Models, Yesterday And Today"

And another informative clip below, from Wim Wenders' documentary Tokyo Ga (1985):

(via The Kid Should See This)

Tentacle sex game that's all about consent


A playtest of Naomi Clark's forthcoming tentacle-sex card game Consentacle reveals a game that's as much about strategy as sex, where trust and consent are the keys to victory.

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Giant grubs, bug and worms made of gummi


Akai Tento's Yahoo Japan Store features some of the beautiful glistening gummi larvae, worms and bugs for sale in the tiny coffee shop/market stall in Aomori Prefecture, a Japanese fishing district.

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Trundling lidar-guided printerbot will find you and deliver your hardcopy


A Fuji-Xerox prototype printer-robot builds a model of the room and then drives itself to your desk to deliver your printouts, saving you the precious calories you'd waste, running around the office, trying to figure out which printer you sent your job to.

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Sushi socks!


They're $5.39/pair from Otaku Mode.

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Japanese hamburger crocs


These new Crocs, which resemble hamburgers, are only available in Japan, and will be accompanied by custom bling in the form of plastic fries, burgers and soft drinks. [Akihabara News]

Used liquor store


Liquor Off is a Tokyo store that buys and sells used booze.

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These videos of a golden retriever eating vegetables are strangely comforting

This golden retriever's YouTube channel is a wonderful internet thing. More strangely comforting videos of Coco-chan below.

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Facial-exercising pink fright mask


Worried about sagging facial skin? The "Facewaver Exercise Mask/Beauty skin sag face stretcher" ($60) is an elasticated pink fright mask/balaclava within whose confines you bind your face and then "stretch and tighten" your phiz, thus "kneading out wrinkles, lines and sag," through repetitive facial movements The manufacturer also claims additional circulation, which is useful if your face doesn't have enough blood it in. (Thanks, Alice!)

Kokuyo Roll Table: Roll of drawing paper wrapped around a cube


The Kokuyo Roll Table is a clever alternative from Kobe Ishou Sourenjo is a very clever way to package and dispense rolls of kids' drawing paper. It seems like it would be tedious to re-fill, though -- but if you're game for it, it should be simple to make your own for your playroom with four pieces of MDF (or pine, if you're fancy!) and some screws.

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Japanese arcade recreates gritty walled city of Kowloon


Kawasaki's Warehouse arcade, near Yokohama, is a fantastically detailed, gritty recreation of the old walled city of Kowloon, near Hong Kong. The Tokyo Times photos depict a place that's like a fevered Gibson dream, and note that there's an accompanying, spooky soundscape. This is going on my must-see list for our next Japan trip.

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Cool gallery of vintage Japanese movie posters

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Over at 50 Watts, a must-follow tumblr (and everything else), a splendid collection of 30 Japanese movie posters from the 1930s to the 1970s.

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LED watch with a wooden face and bracelet


Tokyoflash's Kisai Night Vision Wood LED Watch builds on their earlier work with beautiful, carved-wood bracelets, adding a wooden face backed with powerful LEDs whose glow can be seen through the smooth vegetable matter. It's a very futuristic look indeed. The watch charges with USB, and comes in sandal or maple, and it has a preprogrammed LED dance it does twice a day as a little show-offy gesture. They're $150 each.

Kisai Night Vision Wood LED Watch