Craziest Japanese Inventions You Never Knew Existed.

Have you ever had a great idea for a product but thought no one would make it? Well, if you lived in Japan, your odds would have been much higher. Japan has an art called Chindōgu. Chindōgu is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem but are in fact useless.

These gadgets are so absurd that, some of them, end up being useful. The rest, though, is just funny. If you want to know more about it, I give you 50 of the craziest Japanese inventions you never knew existed.

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HAIR

thenonconsumeradvocate

The curse of the long hair. You have to constantly handle it so it doesn't get in your food. Guess what? Here you have the solution. Just use this invention and never again worry about your hair getting in your food.

UMBRELLA

tofugu

Don't you hate having to carry an umbrella every time the weather forecast predicts rain? Because, you know, if you don't take one, rain will find you. Well, at least the guys have a solution with this umbrella tie.

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SHOES

tofugu

You have an important meeting and you have to wear those expensive shoes you only wear on special occasions. But it's raining outside. Your shoes will get ruined. Not anymore! Just get these umbrellas for your shoes.

BUTTER

tofugu

Here we have an invention that is two-fold. You can use this butter stick to butter your toast, as one does. Or you can use it to moisturize your lips.

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CAMERA

tofugu

Have you ever been out and thought 'if only I had a panoramic camera to capture this beautiful landscape'? Well, I'm here to show you a DIY panoramic camera for your photographic needs.

EYE DROPS

tofugu

Don't you hate to put eye drops in your eyes? You always close your eye at the last moment and the drop doesn't go in. Or you think that the bottle is about to touch your eyeball. If that happens to you, you have to try this product.

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MOP

thenonconsumeradvocate

Did your baby just start crawling? Are your floors a mess? Well, with this invention you can solve one of those problems by taking advantage of the other. Just put this mop outfit on your child and let him do the work.

TIE

tofugu

If you are like this guy, you wear trousers that have no pockets. So where on earth will you keep all those necessary items like your ID and credit cards? Well, on your tie, of course.

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SOUP

petterbergundhaugen

One of the most annoying things about soup is that you can't eat it right away. You have to wait for it to cool if you don't want to burn your mouth. But if you are impatient, you can use this invention to cool your soup right away.

CTRL + ALT + DEL

111evaah111

Are you one of those people that don't understand the concept of pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL all at the same time? Well, fret not. Here is the solution for your key pressing troubles.

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COLD

pingmag

Spring has just arrived and you know your allergies will start to make your life a living hell. And you will spend a fortune on tissues. Well, here is an invention that looks to solve your allergy troubles.

WATER

superradnow

Do you try to collect rainwater to use for things? Don't you wish you could collect water every time it's raining and you are on the street? Then I have you covered. Just get this reverse umbrella for collecting rainwater.

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BUGS

superradnow

Who amongst us hasn't used a shoe to kill a bug? Well, this invention lets you kill bugs to your heart's content without having to get that close to them. Just attach a stick to the shoe and go for it.

BROOM

superradnow

This invention is great for sweeping up those crumbs that fall to the floor when you eat in bed. Why go get the big broom and dustpan when you can just slip on a pair of shoes?

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LIPSTICK

sumthinblue

Sure, every woman struggles with putting on lipstick, right? Well, if you happen to be one of these women, then this invention is for you. You never again have to despair about going outside the lines.

UMBRELLA II

justsomething

I'm seeing a trend with the umbrella inventions. In this case, we have a full body umbrella. So that you don't have to worry about stray drops of rain touching your clothes.

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EAR ENHANCER

justsomething

Why get an earpiece that is small and inconspicuous when you can get these ear enhancers? Who doesn't want people to know that they are going deaf? Just tell the world by wearing these!

EAR EXPLORER

justsomething

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of your ear? Yeah, me neither. But if you ever have the need to meet your inner ear, then this is the invention for you.

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SUBWAY

justsomething

People love to sleep on public transportation. But, what happens when you don't have a free seat to catch some zz. Well, then you use your very own chin strap. You strap it on the subway and then you are ready to nap in peace.

PILLOW

justsomething

Continuing with the sleeping theme, here we have a book-shaped pillow. This way no one will ever ask you why do you carry a pillow with you everywhere you go. They will just think it's a book.

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SILENT KARAOKE

ribalych

Have you ever had the urge to sing karaoke in the library? Or the bus? Or anywhere other than a karaoke bar? Well, this invention is here for you. Just get this silent karaoke and never again worry about the urge to sing karaoke in the street.

CUP MEN

bukalapak

I kind of like this one. This is cup man. He stays on the cup until it becomes too hot for him to hold on. It is a cute way to know when your soup is hot enough to eat.

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WAKE ME UP

bukalapak

Again with the sleeping. It seems that it is very important to Japanese people. In this case, we have a helmet that reads "wake me up at station..." It's a great way to sleep on the bus and make sure you won't miss your stop.

PILLOW II

picsart

Some of these inventions are more bizarre than others. Like this hug pillow for lonely women. It's not me saying that it's how it is advertised. Because that is what every girl wants, right?

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LEG PILLOW

blogspot

Hey, at least they are equally sexist. Here we have a leg pillow for lonely men. I really don't get the point of the pillow. But, besides, doesn't it look extremely uncomfortable?

BUTTER GRATER

justsomething

Aren't you tired of ruining your toast every time you want to put butter on it? Fear no more. This butter grater is here to solve all your toast buttering problems.

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ALARM EARPHONES

trueactivist

Are you one of those people that never hear when the alarm goes off? Lucky you for being a sound sleeper. But, I'm here to show you a way for you to never be late to work again. These alarm headphones vibrate when the alarm goes off.

BANANA CASE

trueactivist

Aren't you tired of smashing the banana that you are going to eat later? You take a perfectly fine banana and when you go to eat it, it's all smashed. Fix that problem with this banana case.

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BUBBLE WRAP

ripleys

I don't know about you, but I love buying new things just to get the plastic bubble wrap that comes with it. Popping those bubbles is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Now with these keychains, you don't have to go broke anymore.

BATTLE SCRATCH SHIRT

ripleys

Do you have an itch in your back? Is it in that place you can never reach? Well, then this shirt is here to help you. Just tell the other person where the itch is just like if you were playing Battleship.

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GARDENING

sickchirpse

Who needs to build a garden shed when you can just get this invention? On the one hand, it has everything you will need for your gardening. On the other hand, though, it's not really the most comfortable contraption, is it?

LIGHTER

sickchirpse

Did you forget your lighter? Or maybe you just realized it is empty. If you just can't wait to smoke that cigarette, then don't worry. You have here a solar lighter. All you need is a sunny day.

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UMBRELLA III

kickvick

Again with the umbrellas. Actually, this one is kind of cool. It's a see-through umbrella. You can use the umbrella low on your head to make sure you won't get wet and still be able to see where you are going.

HAND

kickvick

If you are one of those people that are constantly getting cut when you cook, then this invention is just for you. You can get a fake hand to hold the food you are cutting and avoid the knife yourself.

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NAPKIN

kickvick

Eating a burger or a sandwich is not ladylike, right? Well, if you agree, then this is the invention for you. It is a napkin that allows you to still look like a lady when you take that big bite.

ONIONS

kickvick

Don't you hate it that every time you cut onions you end up crying? It seems that the inventor of these glasses does too. Which is why he created these glasses that fan your tears dry when you are cutting onions.

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CUSHION

japantrendshop

This is another of the actually useful ones. If you love using your computer on the floor, but you can't do it for long because it gets uncomfortable, this invention is for you. It's a cushion you can lean on while working.

HAIR DRYER

kickvick

And from useful we go to bizarre. This contraption is a pedal-powered hair dryer. Because that is the way every girl wants to looks like for when walking to work.

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EARRING PLUG

kickvick

Do you hate the noise in the city? Wouldn't you wish you could use earplugs to go around but still look fashionable? If that describes you, then these earplugs earrings are just the thing for you.

PANTS

afamilycdn

Are you one of those people that, instead of using a napkin, prefer to dry your hands on your pants? And don't you hate it when you end up with wet pants? This napkin trouser is here to help you with that problem.

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PILLOW III

kickvick

If you thought the previous pillows were bizarre, then what must you think of this one? If you want to have a pillow available 24/7, so you can nap anytime the need arises, this is for you.

NAIL PAINT DRYER

indiatimes

Waiting for nail paint to dry is one of the most boring things that exist. And you can't move your hand too much for fear of ruining it. Well, this nail paint dryer is here to solve that problem.

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FORK

thesun

Do you love eating spaghetti but can never roll them properly. Here is the solution! Just get one of these forks that will roll your spaghetti for you and never again worry about it.

SLEEPING BAG

twimg

Continuing with the sleeping theme, here we have a sleeping bag specially designed for allowing you to walk when you are in it. Just find yourself a nice spot and nap away.

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CAMERA UMBRELLA

tofugu

Don't you hate it when you want to take a picture but it's raining outside? You don't want to ruin your camera but you know that it would be a great picture. Just get this umbrella for your camera and never worry again.

USB LEG WARMERS

fecielo

It's cold outside and you have to work on your computer. How will you keep yourself warm? With these USB leg warmers of course! Just connect your USB cable to the port in your leg warmers and stay warm.

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VENDING MACHINE

fecielo

Do you think someone is following you? Or maybe you just want to disappear for a while. If so, then you need to get this vending machine costume and go for it. Just make sure you park yourself along with other machines.

FINGER TOOTHBRUSH

starpulse

Do you want to brush your teeth but don't have anywhere to store your toothbrush? Then you need to get this finger toothbrush. It gives new meaning to finger brushing your teeth.

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WRAPAROUND SHOE

trueactivist

Do you hate tying your shoelaces every time you put your sneakers on? There is a better alternative. Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto designed shoes that have no laces and, instead, wrap around the foot.

EXTENDABLE ARM

onfunzone

Yes, that is a selfie stick. Did you know that the selfie stick we use today was once a Chindōgu invention? This shows you that you never know which of these crazy ideas will end up being a success. So, invent away!

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