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Potato Chip Grabber

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Japanese Potato Chip Grabber

The potato chip grabber was something I saw on the Internet before one our trips to Japan. It was something I said I just have to buy it. It seemed like such a crazy thing and so Japanese. So while in Japan we found it at Tokyu Hands and it did not cost too much, so I bought it.

The idea

why_so_japan_chips_grabber_03The idea of the potato chip grabber is that instead of using your fingers to pick a chip up, you use the potato chip grabber.

With the help of this you can pick the potato chip up and enjoy it with out getting greasy fingers from the potato chip. It can be annoying sometimes can be annoying, like lets say if you are sitting at your computer and you don’t want to get grease on the keys on the keyboard. it also bosts 3 functions that can been seen on the picture.

Now it is a fun idea, but it seems like this product was a bit of an over think. It takes a lot more time to use and its not that much of a major problem using your fingers to pick the potato chip up. If you don’t mind a bit of grease, its not a big problem really.

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The company behind it is Takmara Tomy who also makes lots of toys and gadgets. Its just one them ideas that is more thinking outside the box, maybe a bit far but then maybe not, since this product is now on sale in mosts parts of the world. I think most people, like me, buy it because its fun.

You may have seen this product on the show An Idiot Abroad 2. Karl Pilkington came across it when he was travelling in Japan.

Link to Takmara Tomy: http://www.takaratomy.co.jp

So what do you think of the Potato chip grabber? Would it make your life easier?





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Japan and umbrellas

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When it rains  – cheap umbrellas for sale

During our latest trip to Japan in November 2012 we had a couple of rainy days. But since most of the days were nice, we did what most people in Tokyo do, and that is to buy a cheap umbrella from somewhere when we needed to.

Finding and buying an umbrella isn’t hard. Once it starts to rain, a lot of shops seem to bring them out from the stock room and either have them outside the store on the sidewalk or just inside in the front of the store.

Shops that I’ve seen them in  are the discount stores, like Don Quijote. Some of the big electrical stores in Akihabara seem to have them in the front of the store as well. But once its starts to rain you will see them on sale in a lot of shops.

The most popular umbrella you will see is a cheap seethrough plastic umbrella in different sizes. The umbrellas are very cheap with the reason being you might use it for one day or so and the bin it.

Wet umbrella covering gadget

why so japan umbrellas plastic coverOn rainy days a lot of the shops and shopping malls provide a way to keep your umbrella dry while walking around in the the shop or shopping mall. This is great because it means you don’t have to walk around with a wet umbrella with you when you are in the shop.

The shopping malls and some of the bigger department shops have facilities to shake of the water umbrella into a big sort of sink. Normally next to it you find a gadget that you push your umbrella down into, which covers the umbrella with a plastic bag. Thath solves the problems of carrying around a wet umbrella with you in the store. Check out the short video, that I filmed when we went to DiverCity shopping mall in Tokyo, at the bottom of the post.

Some places just have a rack at the shop entrance where you find the plastic bags that you can manual place over the wet umbrella while youre in the store. Ive seen there are racks in some of the archade halls and smaller shops. This is something I had never seen before here in Europe.

Have you seen this gadget before?





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