The Ultimate List of the Weirdest Things You Can Buy in Japan
Sometimes Japan seems like the world’s dumping pool for strange trends and weird products. Which, of course, makes us love it — for the most part. So you don’t have to, we delved into the wild world of Japanese goods and services to bring you the ones that shocked, awed, and made us Americans jealous. Here’s our list of the strangest things to come out of Japan since Tamagotchis.
A Man To Wipe Away Your Tears
You can now rent a man to wipe away your tears — who needs a boyfriend?! For only $60 you can have a “cute” dude comfort away all of your sadness. Just ignore the assumption that women need a man to be strong, the weird sexism would probably make you cry harder.
Okay, this isn’t that weird when you think about it. But have you ever seen one in America? A banana holder seems so damn useful. No more bruised bananas; is there a better snack heaven imaginable? (Probably. This is still pretty useful though.)
Dictionary Desk Pillow
Who hasn’t wanted to knock out in the middle of work? Now, do it with a little bit more finesse with this pillow disguised as a dictionary. While we’re not exactly sure who keeps a dictionary on their desk when we all have the Internet, it’s a bit classier than drooling all over your laptop.
Weird Nazi Clothes
Not everything in Japan is as cute and innocent as we like to pretend. As with many Asian countries, the trend of “Nazi chic” has taken over Japan as well. Not cool, we expected better from you Japan!
Weird Scented Oils
Along with a weird affinity for racist, fascist style, Japan has a pretty out there sex scene. And apparently part of that scene are these strange oils which come in scents like schoolgirl urine and girl armpit. Pretty skeevy sounding if you ask us.
Watch This Guy Sleep
While this might be more of a product of the Internet than Japan specifically, the guy sleeping is in Tokyo so we’re counting it. For the low, low price of $1 you can watch a guy sleeping. Is it art? Is it political? We don’t know. But hey, at least it’s cheap.
By mid-August we’re all pretty desperate for the cold. Luckily for Japanese citizens they spray cooling spray. You just slather yourself up in the cooling cream and spend your day at a comfortable temperature, doesn’t sound too bad. There’s just the whole, unanswered safety question…
We all love emojis. Well, in Japan you can leave emojis anywhere with this handy little emoji stamp. Can you even imagine the possibilities with this thing?
Legos For Grown-Ups
For the discerning interior designer, the missing piece to every room is… legos? Maybe not. But check out these Japanese wooden legos, they’re surprisingly beautiful.
Toilet Sound Blocker
If you’re embarrassed by using public bathrooms, don’t worry Hello Kitty is there for you. While the cartoon character is silent, this handy little gadget makes toilet sounds to cover up whatever sounds you’re making.
Images via Japan Trend Shop, Vice, AsiaSmack, Karl Paul