The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions

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From the land of the rising sun, strangely practical and utterly eccentric inventions for a life of ease—and hilarity.
In Japan, Kenji Kawakami is famous for his tireless promotion of Chindogu: the art of the unuseless idea. Kawakami has developed an entire philosophy around these bizarre and logic-defying gadgets and gizmos, which must work but are actually entirely impractical. Created in the spirit of anarchy, unuseless inventions are not allowed to be patented or sold. Fans ...
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Overview

From the land of the rising sun, strangely practical and utterly eccentric inventions for a life of ease—and hilarity.
In Japan, Kenji Kawakami is famous for his tireless promotion of Chindogu: the art of the unuseless idea. Kawakami has developed an entire philosophy around these bizarre and logic-defying gadgets and gizmos, which must work but are actually entirely impractical. Created in the spirit of anarchy, unuseless inventions are not allowed to be patented or sold. Fans of the unuseless will love this completely absorbing collection of 200 Chindogu, including the Drymobile (your laundry dries as you drive), the Solar-Powered Torch (never runs low on batteries), Duster Slippers for Cats (now the most boring job around the house becomes hours of fun...for your cat!), Walk 'n' Wash Ankle-Attachable Laundry Tanks (a perfect solution for the problems of inadequate exercise and hygiene), and many, many more... These hilarious inventions have taken Japan by storm. Every one of the 200 items in The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions has actually been manufactured to the highest standards, fully tested by pioneering members of the Japanese public, and documented in their unuselessness with photographs.
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In Japan, Kenji Kawakami is famous for his tireless promotion of Chindogu, the art of the unuseless idea. Meant to solve problems of modern life, these bizarre and logic-defying gadgets and gizmos are actually entirely impractical. Okay, these inventions are probably a send-up of the truly useless and unnecessary new consumables in modern society -- but the sending-up is hilarious. So, what about an SACD player for the shower?
John Strausbaugh
While there is a working prototype of each device featured in the book, one of Mr. Kawakami's Ten Tenets of Chindogu stipulates that none of them may be patented or sold. Clearly Mr. Kawakami understands that there is no gadget so unuseless that somebody out there would not buy it if offered, and that the world is already cluttered with enough chindogu as it is.
— The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393326765
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/17/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 634,475
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenji Kawakami is the inventor of the concept of Chindogu and the founder of the 10,000-member International Chindogu Society.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a celebrity chef, television personality, journalist, food writer, and "real food" campaigner. He promotes a back-to-basics philosophy with regards to cooking.

Dan Papia is a translator. He also heads the chapter of the International Chindogu Society based in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Hilarious and Brilliant

    Although a few of these inventions might actually be useful, most qualify as truly useless inventions. The more useless they are the funnier. Great for sitting around with friends and family and laughing out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

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    Okay, I was standing in line for starbucks after getting a book for school and I happened to lean over and look at the rack of books and seen this, it looked cute and while standing in line I was going through it and was laughing to myself, its soo funny and crazy! You think what a great idea but this design isn't! lol I couldn't put it down and just had to buy it, after I re-read it multiple times I misplaced it, I re-bought it atleast 3 times, its that good. It was alot of funny inventions. I remeber there were boots for your cat, there were mops on the bottom so it would sweep as it walked lol, a pillow in the shape of a women's knees, a full body umbrella etc.. Its so funny and entertaining, you'll love reading this over and over and over...These inventions are useful, but at the same time too outrageous to be used, making them useless! Haha!DEF. go into b&n, get yourself a starbucks drink and sit down and read this, you won't be able to put it down, you will want to take it home!

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