Argument on a Roll

Here’s a great present for couples wanting settle arguments in a jiffy — a “couple dice.”

The way it works is that you roll the die to see what words pop up. One says either “I am sorry” or “You are sorry.” Another says, “I clean,” “You clean” or “Together.” It’s a brilliant invention made for conflicting opinions that really don’t stand to be settled in an hour-long battle of the sexes.

There’s also “I pay,” “You pay,” and “Dutch” when you’re tired of playing a game of “get the bill.” Personally, I’m not one to argue — If you really want to pay the bill, be my guest.

And then there’s “I wash,” “You wash” and “Together,” in which all sorts of fun can ensue…washing the dog.

Couples can rejoice in letting petty arguments be settled by an unbiased arbitrator, and at a fraction of the cost of a good divorce lawyer. The only thing that’s missing with this dice is a magnetic device that can roll the words to my favor. That way you’ll get a free dinner every time!

Himawari

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June 23, 2011 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Missing Keys No More

Have you ever come home after a long day, throw your keys onto the messy, clothes-piled floor only to go searching for them the next day? It happens to me a lot and I almost feel like surgically attaching a keyring to my hand. WHERE ARE MY KEYS!?

Well, stress no more with this birdie key chain:

It comes in six adorable colors — grey, orange, red, pink, black and green — and also serves as a safety whistle for when you’re walking down dark alleyways in the middle of the night.

The best part is that the bird comes with a house, so when you come home you put birdie back into its cage and everyone is happy. The next day there won’t be any question as to where your keys are.

Form vs. function? Why not have both? It’s a brilliant idea. I just wish I could’ve thought of it first!

Himawari

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June 16, 2011 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Shirts That Rise to the Occasion

Japanizmo has a new online store called “RiseUp Japan,” where we’ll feature cool products created by amazing Japanese artists. Sale proceeds will be donated to Japanese charity organizations to help survivors of the Northern Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Our featured artist is Ichiro Kumiji, whose calligraphy has been seen on Namco Bandai video games, Hollywood event merchandise for Sho Kosugi, and gallery exhibits throughout Japan.

Kumiji’s brush strokes are a thing of beauty. For anyone who has ever tried maneuvering a Japanese calligraphy brush, you’ll know it takes focus and a deft hand to pour raw feelings onto the paper. With a single stroke, Kumiji can convey both joy and heartache, sadness and love.

riseup japan t-shirt
The Hiroshima native has teamed up with Japanizmo to create this special T-shirt line, “RiseUp Japan.” Shirts comes in several sizes and in an array of 16 colors. There’s also organic T’s and women’s T’s specially tailored for slimmer curves. To buy your shirt, click here. ($25.99-$28.99)

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June 7, 2011 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Don’t Touch Me, I’m Electrified!

I’ve been practicing the Running Man lately, that dance move from the 80s. It’s a great cardio workout, plus, I can show off my “total rad” moves at the club. But I realize the more I dance on my shaggy carpet, the more my body accumulates a lot of static electricity. So when I hug a friend, they’re jolted with a lightning bolt of pain. (Sorry, Sachiko!) I really need one of these:

Static Electricity Eliminator

It’s a neat tool that releases any excessive electricity in your body. What you do is press the end of it to whatever you’re about to touch. The LCD screen flashes a happy face when it’s done discharging.

Static electricity (“seidenki”) especially runs wild in the wintertime when the air gets dry. I always also seem to get it in Vegas because so much of that town is carpeted. It gets to the point where everything I touch hurts me. It’s like an evil curse! I’d rather have everything turn to gold than electricity. ( ; _ ; )

Luckily, this tool was invented. Maybe it can discharge the extra fat around my hips, too!

Himawari

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May 31, 2011 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

Wake up and Dance!

Some people need five alarms just to get up in the morning. They hit the snooze button on each, sleep for five minutes, then hit each button again until they eventually wake up. So how’s this for innovation… an all-in-one button-pressing alarm clock:

Dance Dance Revolution Alarm Clock

It’s modeled after those Dance Dance Revolution games where you move your feet like a madman, only with this it’s your fingers doing the work. And if you can’t mimic the pattern, the alarm clock will keep on ringing. And ringing…

Once your alarm goes off, it’ll play one of three songs at random. Then dance pad lights up, cueing you to tap the buttons as promptly as possible. The hardest part is that you have to successfully tap 15 times to get the darn thing to shut off. And with the snooze function, you’ll need to do it all over after 8 minutes.

I can see myself getting either really pumped in the morning or having very sore fingers. Thank god for the OFF button. =P

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May 25, 2011 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Emergency Chic

This might be the year of natural disasters but it’s not the year of bad fashion sense. And only in Japan would they make a an emergency kit so cute and chic:

teiden set

It contains is a mesh pouch, a solar-powered flashlight, a pink LCD clock/keychain, a shampoo/conditioner set and a pair of flats that look like they were made of newspaper!

As the website explains, this kit is geared toward those inevitable post-nuclear accident blackouts which Tokyo has been experiencing a lot of this year. =( The flashlight is water-resistant and stands on its own, so it’s especially useful when you’re in the rain trying to find where you dropped your keys. And if you can’t find your keys, you can keep a spare set on the digital keychain clock.

Okay, this may not be the most practical emergency kit ever, but you could always pack water bottles and rations on your own. This kit is more about the girly-girl embracing her inner MacGyver and getting through the apocalypse in style. Heck, I’d get it just for the shoes. What better way to say, “Save the planet!” (/^o^)/

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May 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

Your New Study Buddy

I never had a pet when I was a kid. My parents promised me a bunny rabbit for Christmas one year, but when I opened my presents there was no bunny to be found. Argh~! I never let them forget my disappointment.

These days, I live in a tiny apartment with barely enough room for my bed, so even if I wanted a pet it’d have to sleep under the covers with me. That’s why I love the idea of this winged critter:

USB owl gadget pet

It’s robotic owl that sits on your laptop, blinks its eyes and looks around as you type away. He’ll be your study buddy, keeping you company until the late hours of the night. He comes in four different colors — white, pink, brown and grey — and unlike most mechanical pets he’s pretty quiet when he moves his little body, so you can keep him in the office without anyone taking notice.

The best thing is that he doesn’t need to be walked or fed. So even if you go on vacation, he’ll be happily awaiting your return. Just remember to unplug him or else you might find him hot under the collar!

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May 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Three’s Company

kokeshi bento

Separate your meat and vegetables with this three-tiered bento box. It’s created in the image of a kokeshi, a traditional wooden doll from Miyagi Prefecture. Its head doubles as a soup bowl and the rest of its body can hold cream stew, rice, broccoli or whatever else your heart desires.

This is one of my favorite bento boxes because it’s microwavable and cute as a button. Few people will notice just how much food you’re scarfing down because they’ll be too enamored by the little girl you’re eating with.

Story has it, kokeshi dolls were originally created as a good luck charm for bearing healthy babies. Though if you really want healthy babies, eat plenty of cooked liver. Just throw it into one of these kokeshi containers and eat discreetly in the office. The bento box is held snug with an elastic band and fits neatly your bag. It also comes with air-tight lids to keep everything in place. Three bowls, no spills! \(@^_^@)/

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May 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Coded FYI

I’ve been seeing QR codes more often in the U.S. They pop up on concert posters and websites, though mostly as things of novelty. To Americans, they probably resemble some sort of alien language turned abstract art.

In Japan, QR codes have been in the mainstream for years as an alternate link to marathon-long web addresses. Whenever you see a QR code — let’s say, on a cereal box — snap it on your camera phone and you’ll be taken to the company’s site filled with information and maybe even a coupon or two.

Especially if you’re a small businesses, QR codes are great for promoting your products. Here’s all you need:

QR Code Stamp

It’s a cute stamp embedded with your own personalized QR code. Suppose you just opened a crepe shop in the neighborhood. Instead of spending money on billboards and newspaper ads, you can go around the block stamping your QR code onto any white space you see. You can even be sneaky and stamp it on the competitor’s napkins.

The little toy comes with a self-contained inkpad so that your stamp never dries out. And they’re made to look like animated people and animals; the ultimate stealthy facade when trying to beat out the competition!

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April 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm 2 comments

Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes

Despite common belief, not everything in Japan is cute. Some things are just plain odd. Take for example this anatomical sleeping bag.

anatomical sleeping bag

It serves two purposes: to insulate and educate. Strangely enough, you can take off the top portion to stick out your head. Imagine what the wolves will think as you’re camping out. Either they’ll see you as a T-bone steak or run away in terror. Let’s hope the latter.

The sack is about 7 feet long, so you’ll have plenty of room to roll around, scratch your back or curl up in the fetal position. You can also tack it on a post and demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver.

Who knows why someone thought the human anatomy and a sleeping bag could go together. One thing for sure, it gives new meaning to the term “body bag.”=P

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April 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

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