101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu

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Strangely practical and utterly eccentric inventions for a life of ease-and hilarity. In Japan, inventor and visionary Kenji Kawakami is famous for his creation and tireless promotion of chindogu-the art of "the unuseless idea." This book features the best of his inventions: inspired devices designed to solve all the nagging problems of domestic life, including ones you may not have realized you have. Enter the realm of the almost useful, where you will find Duster Slippers for Cats (for feline assistance with ...
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Overview

Strangely practical and utterly eccentric inventions for a life of ease-and hilarity. In Japan, inventor and visionary Kenji Kawakami is famous for his creation and tireless promotion of chindogu-the art of "the unuseless idea." This book features the best of his inventions: inspired devices designed to solve all the nagging problems of domestic life, including ones you may not have realized you have. Enter the realm of the almost useful, where you will find Duster Slippers for Cats (for feline assistance with tedious housework), the Full Body Umbrella (for day-long all-over dryness), the Fish Face Cover (helps get the fish cut up with minimum emotional trauma), and the Temporary Ladies' Room Converter (stake your claim to the facilities). Every item has been fabricated to the highest standards, fully tested by pioneering members of the Japanese public, and tastefully photographed. It is only a matter of time before Americans succumb to their charm, logic, and utility.

From the land of the rising sun come strangely practical and utterly eccentric inventions for a life of ease--and hilarity. These thought-provoking inventions have taken Japan by storm. From the Bath Body Suit, in which one can bathe without having to dry off, to the Backscratching tee shirt with grid, every item has actually been manufactured to the highest standards and fully tested. Over 100 color photos.

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Have you ever been tempted to go for a walk when you really needed to do the laundry? Well, now you can wash your clothes and get your daily exercise at the same time with "Walk `n' Wash" ankle-attachable laundry tanks. Too busy to breastfeed the baby? The "Daddy Nurser" will let your husband or significant other share in the joys of motherhood. From Japan, land of the bullet-train and the Walkman, come chindogu (literally an odd or distorted tool), witty and whimsical inventions that are almost useful but not quite. Kawakami, founder of the International Chindogu Society, outlines the basic ten tenets of chindogu; among them: they cannot be for real use; they must exist; and they are without prejudice. His book is much like the 101 objects it displays, an "unuseless" purchase but a delight in itself.-Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313697
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Hilarious! Great Ideas!

    This book has some of the neatest ideas I've ever seen. If you need a good laugh or you are into wierd things, this would be a great book for you to buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    One of the funniest books you'll ever want to read!

    This book is filled with ideas you will just die laughing about. I myself could not believe why these inventions were ever made. This book is filled with color photos and hilariouse inventions from the time you open the book, to the time it is closed.

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