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9.23.2015

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.

Who needs boyz when you have $$$?
Who needs boyz when you have $$$?

Banana Keeper

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.)

A holder for your banana ;)
A holder for your banana ;)

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.

Catch a sneaky snooze, improve your vocabulary.
Catch a sneaky snooze, improve your vocabulary.

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!

Not cool :(
Not cool :(

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.

"Girl Armpit."
“Girl Armpit.”

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.

Watching people sleep: art?
Watching people sleep: art?

Cooling Spray

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…

Shaving cream or your break from summer heat?
Shaving cream or your break from summer heat?

Emoji Stamp

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?

The other answer to this questions is just drawing a smiley face.
The other answer to this questions is just drawing a smiley face.

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.

Wooden Legos; for the classy child in all of us.
Wooden Legos; for the classy child in all of us.

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.  

Cute.
Cute.

Images via Japan Trend Shop, Vice, AsiaSmack, Karl Paul

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