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Potato Chip Grabber


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.

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:

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

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YouTube Japan Music Week

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YouTube Japan Music Week

YouTube Japan has announced that theywill be hosting a week of music streams under the name YouTtube Music Week from the 27th of April to the 5th of May. With some of the most famous Japanese music artists there will be streams of concerts that will be available via the YouTube channel for each artist.

The info

A separate YouTube page with all the information can be found on the YouTube Japan channel here:
Here you will also be able to be kept up to date with any schedule changes. One thing to remember is that they will most probably follow Japan time, so make sure to check it with your own local time so you dont miss your favourite artist or band.

The video below shows you who are playing and what date and there are also links to each artist’s or group’s official YouTube page.

The schedule

The schedule looks like this:

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100 yen shops in Japan

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Home good and more at discount prices

100 yen shops can be found all over Japan. Its a type of discount shop that sell lots of small household goods, stationery, healt and beauty, snacks and more. You won’t always find the best products quality wise, but if you after something cheap that will do the job then this should be your first stop.

The 100 yen shops can be perfect for someone that has just moved to Japan and needs to buy some stuff for the home. To just get them started, this shop is ideal.

Everything cost 100 yen

Everything in a 100 yen shop costs 100 yen per product (plus the shopping tax, which is 5 yen, so the real price ends up at 105 yen per item) so you will still normally get a good deal for the things you can buy.

100 yen is about $1 (US), 70p (UK) or €0,77 (EU). You will find the equivalent to the 100yen in the UK and the US, where theyre known as pound shop and dollar stores. There type of shops are very common to find in most shopping districts.

The reason why items are so cheap is because the companies buy so much stock that they get a greater discount from suppliers, meaning they can keep the price down to 100 yen.


There a few diffrent companies that run 100yen shops in Japan, but they all normally stock the same sort of products. One of the more known 100 yen shops is called Daiso. They are the market leader with over 2000 shops over Japan. One of the stores we visited is the shop located on Takeshita Dori, the main shopping street of Harajuku. This shop is very easy to find. Check the map below for how to get there from the station. This shop is two floors of stuff where you can always find something. It can be a bit busy in this shop because of the location.

Some of the other shops that you can find are Can Do, Seria and Watts. You will find links to each shop at the bottom of this post.

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Links to 100 yen shops

Can Do:

How to find Daiso in Harajuku

This map shows how to walk from the Harajuku station to Daiso on Takeshita Dori.

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Image credit: gilgongo and Rudy Herman

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Electric and gadgets while in Japan

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Charging electrical appliances in Japan

Nowadays most people that travel almost always have some sort of electrical appliance with them while abroad. Some of the more common things that most people have with them while travelling are smart phones, iPads, video cameras, laptops and battery chargers.

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Now most of these gadgets will need to be charged while you are in Japan if you are staying for more than a day. I know that we had to charge our iPhone every night after using Google Maps in Tokyo all day on them.

electric Apple power supply why so japanOne thing to think about is that most modern gadgets can be charged on the voltage that Japan uses (100v), so for most of your gadgets you will need to buy an inexpensive adapter plug that converts the plug on the gadget to the 2 pin plug that is used in Japan.

Its important to check that your gadget will work at a low voltage of 100v beforehand. Either check if its printed on the power supply of your gadget, or find the information in the user manual. For example, in Sweden or the UK where we are from, we have 220/240v as our main power coming out of the wall sockets, but most things that use chargers can normally handle 100v-240v and would be alright in Japan. Stuff like hairdryers might only work on 110 volts or 220/240v meaning it probably won’t work in Japan. You can solve this problem by using a power down converter, but they cost a lot more than a normal plug converter.

Buying electrical goods while in Japan

electric Plug converter 4 why so japanIf you do buy anything that needs power from the mains, check that it will run of your main voltage that you have in your country, since buying something that works on 100v only will not work if you plug it into 220/240v and it could cause damage. Of course you can buy a power converter for that too, which will lower your voltage output too.

What are your electrical tips?

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Gundam Robot in real life

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Gundam Robot

We found the Gundam Robot when we were out shopping on the Odaiba island. It was situated behind Tokyo DiverCity, which is one of the many shopping malls you will find on this island. It was a surprise to us to see this massive robot standing there. Is huge!

It was pure luck really that we decided to go out the back of the shopping mall and there it was standing in its scale of 1:1. This seems to the thing with Tokyo and Japan – you can plan everthing you want to see and do, but soon as you take a detour you find the most unexpected thing, like a robot in its full size. Its well worth to take a quick look around the back of DiverCity shopping mall if you are visiting the island.

Gundam Front Tokyo exhibition

The Gundam robot is part of an exhibition that is all about Gundam, a popular anime series. The exhibition is called Gundam Front Tokyo and its just next to the robot. It does cost to go in and you can find the current prices if you click the link at the end of this post. To see the robot only is free, its the exhibition part that has an entry fee.

Gundam TV series

Gundam is part of the popular amime scene where this TV series has become popular. Its franchise is vast and with the giant Gundam robot and the exhibition Im sure its going to become bigger. Even if youre not an amime or Gundam robot fan its still worth a visit.

How to get there

There are a few different transport ways to get out on to the Odaiba island. The public transport stop which is closest to the Tokyo DiverCity shopping mall is the Tokyo Teleport underground station. Its a few minutes walk from the underground station.

In up and coming posts we will talk more about shopping and entertainment centres that you can visit on the Odaiba island.

Heres the link to the site for Gundam front Tokyo:

Here is also a short video that I shot while we were there:

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