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Smartphone-abstinence cocktail created by Japanese restaurant to put focus on friends over phones

Restaurant came up with idea after poll showed majority of people are bothered by dining companions staring at their phones during meals.

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Japan’s weirdest gadget maker has a new fan just to dry off your legs (and crotch)【Photos】

Thanko has a plan to keep you cool and dry below the waist this summer.

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Highway rest stop’s new high-tech trash cans are another reason Japan’s parking areas rule

“They’ve taken their trash cans to the next level.”

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Clever Cup Noodle-only measuring cup becomes instant ramen lovers’ new most-wanted kitchenware

Come on, Nissin, we need this.

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Here’s one of the first things you should do if you just moved into a new apartment in Japan

Sharp idea for spring could be a lifesaver come summer.

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Japan’s new portable handheld microwave shoots to the top of our cooking gadget wish list

No cord, and no cold food either.

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For you, this is good enough! Appliance maker’s brutally honest ads charm Japan

Don Quijote isn’t mincing words, and people are loving them for it.

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Not in the mood for small talk? Japanese taxis add Silent Mode service, activated with finger tap

Sanwa Kotsu recognizes that not everyone who wants a ride wants a conversation too.

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Turning your cake into an awesome-looking 2-D cake like this is quick and simple【Photos】

When you want to create dessert art, you just need a chocolate pen.

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The cool way to peel a mandarin, according to a Japanese grandma

Become a mikan master with this neat hack, endorsed by the Japanese government.

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With entrance exams looming, “ads that only students can see” appear in Tokyo train stations

To the naked eye, these ads look like gibberish, but students cramming for entrance exams can see through the mystery.

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Japan has a special foil for roasting sweet potatoes at home, and it’s like having a time machine

Kuro Foil is exactly the kind of culinary black magic we want at this time of year.

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Japan’s purring cat cuddle cushions evolve into an even higher form of virtual pet life【Photos】

Premium MeowEver gives you the warmth, softness, shape, and even weight of cuddling the pet cat you can’t own.

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Japanese designers create pants to wear without underwear, recommend for convenience store trips

Logo is a subtle sign to those in the know that you’re going commando.

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EarthBound retold in Rube Goldberg machine style by amazing CG artist【Video】

Creator of classic SNES RPG offers praise to talented fan.

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Japan created bedsheets that feel like petting a cat, and they sold out immediately

Cat lovers without a cat of their own to pet are really feeling Neko Feel.

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The Chirori is a compact traditional Japanese cooking hearth for your modern home

A very cool way to add some old-school Japanese warmth to a modern meal.

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The Kyoto way: Sidewalk sign with a window is actually a manners warning

City government is tired of an inconsiderate problem happening in downtown Kyoto.

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Japan develops special sushi for pregnant women

Expectant mothers in Japan usually can’t expect to eat sushi, but this could change that.

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Google Japan creates the Key Bou, an insane and logical straight-bar keyboard【Video】

Unless you’re a cat, there’s actually lot to like, as long as you’re OK with puns and craziness.

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