japanese

  • Review: Koi Cheese Flavored Japanese Doritos


    So J-List sent me a box of stuff including some (good God) onacups [NSFW]. While I’m debating whether to “review” those devices, I’d like to tell you about Japanese Doritos. Basically these are heart-shaped Doritos. The weird thing is that they’re thicker than American Doritos and actually have an odd, sweet taste that is not unpleasant. Unlike the Japanese… Read More

  • Those crazy face masks Japanese wear in public? They work

    While this post is actually just an excuse to show you this great picture – high stockings, cellphones, and vaguely menacing medical gear are so underrated – it’s now been proven that facemasks can and do prevent the spread of flu. Unfortunately, you have to wear them almost constantly, which is probably not so much fun. Read More

  • Toshiba's tiny 8GB mp3 player is GyaO-tiful


    I’m not sure what’s up with the name, but this is a cool-looking little gadget. It’s from Toshiba (like this other little guy with a digital TV tuner inside) and it costs about $300. It costs the same as an 8GB iPod Touch, but it’s a little smaller (for good or ill) and obviously doesn’t sport the same touchy interface. It’s got wi-fi, runs a version of… Read More

  • Make your iPod Nano box into a portable speaker set

    I still have the box for my 5G iPod sitting on some shelf somewhere, because it was just too nice to throw away. Of course, I’m a pack rat and keep worthless stuff all the time. But now I have a decent reason to keep the thing, at least if I buy a new Nano. Japanese gadget outfitter Bird Electron has a sweet little kit to convert your Nano’s box into a little portable speaker… Read More

  • Ladybug bots clean Japanese toilets, induce stage fright

    That’s…um…adorable? You might see one of these the next time you’re at a Japanese highway rest stop. The Lady Bird "is equipped with water tanks, brushes and other tools needed for heavy-duty scrubbing. Obstacle detection sensors allow the robot to safely perform its duties without running into people." It’s also got a built-in microphone and speech… Read More

  • Sega Toys' mu-bot Headphones: Tiny Man-generated Music?

    Believe it or not this here contraption is a pair of headphones. They go by the name of mu-bot (Japanese for “what the hell?”) and they’re scheduled to hit Japan late next month. I don’t speak a word of Japanese, but I’ll try to decipher what the product page’s hieroglyphics actually mean. For example, I’m pretty sure that right under… Read More

  • Powerisers Jumping Stilts

    I find myself wanting to try these things even though the experiment would surely end with me crumpled in the pavement. Assuming, however, that I possessed some of that coordination stuff people are always talking about, I’d probably be somewhat inclined to give it a go. It promises to increase the wearers jump height by 6-feet and stride length to 9-feet. No word on maximum weight… Read More