Chindogu is the Japanese art of inventing silly and useless gadgets to solve everyday problems. Translated literally, ‘Chindogu‘ means valuable or priceless tool. Yes, these inventions are genius, but you would probably look pretty silly using them out in public.
(Actually, there are a few inventions here that we would actually use. No shame!)
Here are 17 hilariously crazy and brilliant inventions only Japan could have thought up:
Tired of hard butter destroying your toast? This butter grater will fix that.
For those days where you’re not sure if it’s going to rain or not.
For those times you want to belt out a tune, but don’t want anyone to hear you.
Sound Catcher Pillow
Now you can still hear the TV when you lay down.
Square Watermelons are both easier to pack and ship. They are gown in a case to get them into the shape.
If hearing aids are too discrete for you, try one of these hearing enhancers.
We know you’re busy and don’t want to wait for your noodles to cool on their own. This is for you.
When a regular umbrella isn’t enough.
Simple Ear Explorer
Explore the far away land of your own ears… We wouldn’t recommend this one.
Bubble Wrap Keychain
Instant stress relief that’s always ready to pop.
DIY 360 Degree Camera
When you spend your days studying in the library, this book-shaped pillow is the perfect night-time companion.
Only in Japan. Keep your shoes from getting splashed.
Yep, the banana case that we all know and love was actually invented in Japan.
Now, this is genius. When you have an itch you can’t scratch, direct your friend to the right spot on your back.