Chindogu is the Japanese art of inventing silly and useless gadgets to solve an everyday problem. 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 I would actually use. No shame.
Here are 17 hilariously crazy and brilliant inventions only Japan could have thought up:
1. Butter Grater
Tired of hard butter destroying your toast? This butter grater will fix that.
2. Umbrella Tie
For those days where you’re not sure if it’s going to rain or not.
3. Eyedrop Funnels
Only Japan would come up with a device to make putting in eyedrops easier.
4. Silent Karaoke
For those times you want to belt out a tune, but don’t want anyone to hear you.
5. Sound Catcher Pillow
Nap in peace and quiet with this sound catcher pillow.
Tired of having to check every 10 seconds to see if your noodles are ready? Use a Cupmen to let you know instead.
7. Square Watermelon
Only in Japan will you find square watermelon!
8. Hearing Enhancer
If hearing aids are too discrete for you, try one of these hearing enhancers.
9. Chopstick Fan
For those times when you’re hungry, but don’t want to wait for your noodles to cool on their own.
10. Rain-Proof Umbrella
For those times when a regular umbrella isn’t enough.
11. Simple Ear Explorer
A Q-Tip on steroids. I wouldn’t recommend this one.
12. Bubble Wrap Keychain
Instant stress-relief that’s always ready to pop.
13. 360 Degree Camera
Take your creeping skills to the max.
14. Book-Shaped Pillow
When you spend your days studying in the library, this book-shaped pillow is the perfect night-time companion.
15. Shoe Umbrellas
Only in Japan. Keep your shoes from getting splashed.
16. Banana Case
Yep, the banana case that we all know and love was actually invented in Japan.
17. 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.
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