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Get on the Bus!

Here’s a school of animals ready to jump in your lunch box, feed you, and pick particles out of your teeth. What do you think…they’re toothpicks!

Moms will rejoice that they can finally get kids to eat their brussel sprouts. Just stick in a toothpick and watch them eat it like a piece of candy (well, hopefully). It may seem deceptive, but it’s just like playing choo-choo train with a spoon.

Japan has a way of transforming the mundane into something so awesomely cute. American toothpicks come in cinnamon flavor at best. In Japan, they’re transformed into a barnyard of happy animals, making everything all the more appetizing.

They work best in a kids’ bento box. After getting beaten up by the school bully, it’s always nice to have something that will cheer him up. Well, hopefully, his mom will be there to comfort him, too. v(^o<)

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October 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Keep your Heart on a Bottle!

It’s the little things that make life fun. Take these heart-shaped bottle caps, for example. Replace the tiny white cap on your water bottle with these humongous hearts and you’ll be the life of your yoga class.

Designer Satoshi Sugie got the idea while watching his mom refill empty bottles with mugicha (cold barley tea). He thought to himself, “How could I make these used old bottles a little more stylish?” Thus, the birth of the heart cap!

Though not just a thing of fashion, they’re a great tool for people suffering from arthritis, too. My mom, for example, has a hard time opening bottles with her arthritic hands. It literally pains her to get a drink of water. With these heart-shaped caps, it’d be a breeze to open.

They come in all the colors of the rainbow (along with pink and white) and fit most bottles. Buy a set of them and watch them flutter in your fridge! \(^o^)/

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October 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Stuff it in the Bunny

The Trader Joe’s cashier always flashes me a smile whenever I hand him a Japanese eco-bag to stuff my groceries with. That’s because Japanese bags come in all kinds of off-beat shapes and colors. So imagine handing the cashier this lil fella:

I’ll guarantee, he’ll do a double-take and ask why you gave him a plush doll. Upon which you tell him, “I have a crush on you.” And he’ll say, “Really?!” And then you respond, “No, just kidding. Pack my groceries, please.”

A nylon tote bag – folded into the rabbit called Picnica – spreads over a foot wide, so you can get some medium-sized grocery shopping done while looking animal chic. And when you’re not shopping, Picnica makes for a great travel companion. Though don’t expect him to help you through the carpool lane.

If he’s sitting in the front seat, you’ll never forget to take him to the grocery store. So many times, I’ve forgotten to bring my eco-bag because they were stowed away in the back trunk. Such a waste.

Picnica comes in four different colors: black, brown, gray and orange. With a $45 price tag, he’s pricier than a real Peter Rabbit, but no worries, this one will do you a world of good.

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October 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Where’d it go?

They say that the Japanese don’t come up with new inventions, they simply improve on current ones. Take the Ninja pin, for example:

They might look like a set of sleek-looking pushpins, but they’re better than that. Stick it into a wall or a piece of paper, then pull it out and it’s as if it was never there. Thinly-bent instead of rounded, it pierces victims and leaves without a trace. Stealthy!

Ninja pins ($5) come in handy when you’re sticking corkboards to an apartment wall because when it’s time to move out you won’t need to use toothpaste to cover up the gashes. (^_<)v Inventor Shuji Miyamoto particularly designed it for people who don’t like spraying their favorite photos and posters with tiny bullet holes.

It’s a genius creation that pays attention to detail. The difference from its competitors is a mere millimeter or two, but what a difference it makes. Ninjas rule!

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October 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment


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