16 Crazy Japanese Inventions

June 8, 2017 - 10:13pm

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Chindogu Inventions

Chindogu is the Japanese art of inventing silly and useless gadgets to solve everyday problems. Translated literally, ‘Chindogu‘ means valuable or priceless tool. Yes, these inventions are genius, but you would probably look pretty silly using them out in public.

(Actually, there are a few inventions here that we would actually use. No shame!)

Here are 17 hilariously crazy and brilliant inventions only Japan could have thought up:

Butter Grater

Tired of hard butter destroying your toast? This butter grater will fix that.

Butter Grater

via Lost at E Minor

Umbrella Tie

For those days where you’re not sure if it’s going to rain or not.

Umbrella Tie

via NovoEd

Eyedrop Funnels

Eye Dropper Funnels

Silent Karaoke

For those times you want to belt out a tune, but don’t want anyone to hear you.
Silent Karaoke

Sound Catcher Pillow

Now you can still hear the TV when you lay down.
Sound Catcher Pillow

Square Watermelon

Square Watermelons are both easier to pack and ship. They are gown in a case to get them into the shape.
Square Watermelons

Hearing Enhancer

If hearing aids are too discrete for you, try one of these hearing enhancers.

Chopstick Fan

We know you’re busy and don’t want to wait for your noodles to cool on their own. This is for you.
Chopstick Fan

Rain-Proof Umbrella

When a regular umbrella isn’t enough.
Drape Umbrella

Simple Ear Explorer

Explore the far away land of your own ears… We wouldn’t recommend this one.
Ear Explorer

Bubble Wrap Keychain

Instant stress relief that’s always ready to pop.
Bubble Wrap Keychain

DIY 360 Degree Camera

360 Head-mounted Camera hat

Book-Shaped Pillow

When you spend your days studying in the library, this book-shaped pillow is the perfect night-time companion.
Book Pillow

Shoe Umbrellas

Only in Japan. Keep your shoes from getting splashed.
Shoe Umbrellas

Banana Case

Yep, the banana case that we all know and love was actually invented in Japan.
Banana Case

Battlescratch Shirt

Now, this is genius. When you have an itch you can’t scratch, direct your friend to the right spot on your back.
Battle Scratch


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