“Chindogu” is the Japanese art of inventing very silly and useless gadgets to solve everyday problems. When translated, “chindogu” literally means valuable or priceless tools. Yes, these inventions are basically genius, but you would probably look pretty silly using them out in public.
1. UMBRELLA TIE
Carrying around an umbrella is one of the most inconvenient thing in the world. In fact, you also kinda look like an asshole toting one around when it’s not raining. So, in case it’s one of those days where you’re not sure if it’s going to rain or not but you have to suit up, strap on this handsome navy umbrella/tie with polka dots to stay stylish and dry. One of the most overused concepts in knowing about style is combining form and function, but come on! This is exactly that!
2. SQUARE WATERMELON
It’s actually pretty simple (relatively speaking) to grow a square watermelon. While the watermelon is still small on the vine, a square, tempered glass box is placed around it. When the watermelon gets bigger, it assumes the shape of the box!
Why are square watermelons grown? First, the square watermelons are easier to stack, which makes them simple to ship. Second, and perhaps most ingeniously, with space being an issue in many areas of Japan, the square watermelon is designed to fit perfectly inside smaller Japanese refrigerators.
3. CHOPSTICK FAN
You are ready to chew down on some Ramen noodles but you don’t want to burn your mouth and tongue but you are too lazy and tired to blow on your noodles to cool them off. Don’t worry you can attach a specially designed chopstick fan to your chopsticks to help cool the noodles before you eat them! Also an added bonus if you are getting too hot while eating the Ramen Soup just turn the fan up towards your face and enjoy a cool breeze on your face too!
4. EYEDROP FUNNELS
The only exhausting task that’s harder than finding a perfect pair of glasses to fit your face shape is putting in eye drops in your eyes. Who would’ve thought that combining the two(glasses + eyedrop) would result in great looking glasses that are also super helpful in administrating drops of medicine/Visine to your cracked out peepers. Never again will your hangover be exposed with bloodshot eyes in front of your boss. Gone are the times when you can’t get your Pinkeye medication in your eyes and end up wasting hundreds of rupees. It is also available in sunglass styles.
5. RAIN-PROOF UMBRELLA
In the thick of a torrential downpour, it’s almost impossible to stay dry. Winds thrashing from all the sides, clinging to a flimsy fold-up can seem pointless. But rather than you opting for an impractical poncho, a few Japanese designers found a solution – Meet the rain-proof umbrella.
6. SILENT KARAOKE
If your neighbours get upset with you bringing out your best karaoke singing voice into the early hours. You might want to invest in the silent karaoke Mute-Mic which allows you to sing as loud as you like without upsetting your neighbours. The Mute-Mic does the opposite of a normal microphone as it creates a cone of silence around the microphone itself, so all you hear on your headphones is only your voice.
7. BOOK-SHAPED PILLOW
Cozy up and nap on your favorite literature book. These pillows are specially made in the shape of books and of comfy polyester and polyurethane foam. Perfect gift for a bookworm! You can currently choose to rest your head and nap on three pillow shaped books of either Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, or Treasure Island.
8. SHOE UMBRELLA
Have you ever been showing off your newest suede kicks, feeling crispy as all hell as you stomp down the sidewalk, and then terrible rain storm rolls through and ruins your shoes and consequently your day? That’ll never be a problem again in future with these mini-umbrellas for your shoes. Just attach them to the toes of your footwear and bravo! You’re set to step on streets with no worries about destroying your kicks.
9. BUBBLE WRAP KEYCHAIN
You have keys and you love popping the bubble wrap, but you don’t want to let everyone know about your hoarding/OCD habits. What solves your problem? Years and years of therapy. NO! You know what’s cheaper than therapy, right? This keychain!
10. BANANA CASE
A banana case saves your banana from getting bruised in your bag. So clever right, no one would have thought of it. What I really like about this one is that it’s just the right size. Some banana cases I’ve seen were so big that I think your banana might get lost in there. Also it bends in just the right place – Outer Curvature Length 30cm and Inner Curvature Length 20cm.