5 More Extravagant Gifts

I am officially DONE with 2020, so what better than browsing through my favourite online Japanese store?

Lotte High Blood Pressure Gum
Everyday use blood pressure control chewing gum


Expecting from a chewing gum to help lower your blood pressure might sound like a lot but the Lotte High Blood Pressure Gum promises to help fight this health condition. Through the use of an ingredient called monoglucosyl hesperidin, which is glucose added to fruit polyphenols, this gum can help build up a defense mechanism against hypertension and the problems that go with it.

I mean, what could go wrong? Being bloated, getting the runs and general stomach issues all the name of lowering your high blood pressure!


Ice Cream Cone Fan
Portable, USB cooling device


Portable fans are one more of those things that help the Japanese fight the humid, sticky weather that descends on the country between mid-July and late August. The usual problem with these gadgets, though, is that they look too awkward or techie, especially for the more fashion-conscious user. If you would like the benefits of a portable fan that can be charged through a USB port, works for hours, and doesn’t look like, well, a portable fan, then take a gander at the chic, cute, and convenient combo that is the Ice Cream Cone Fan.

This is cute!…but in what way do regular fans look awkward or too techie? Issa fan. What is it supposed to look like? As long as it’s blowing some much needed cool air, who is that bothered by the appearance of a fan?

All-White Rubik’s Cube
Tactile version of the popular puzzle



You’d have thought that after being around for 45 years, the Rubik’s Cube would have been saturated as an idea. But Japan says “no” and reinvents the now legendary puzzle, giving it a whole new, well, spin: touch. The All-White Rubik’s Cube has the same color on every side – namely, white – but each has a different texture, meaning you must solve the puzzle without the aid of visuals!



Loading Circle Online Meeting Emergency Escape Machine
Gadget for faking a frozen screen


We all know the feeling of being trapped in a Zoom meeting or online drinking party where you want to escape or disappear for a while. Perhaps you need to go answer a call of nature? Perhaps you are just bored and need a break? From the inventive mind of designer Marina Fujiwara, the Loading Circle Online Meeting Emergency Escape Machine is the solution to our woes that nonetheless has its tongue firmly in its cheek. At the flip of a switch, it throws up a physical replica of the loading circle icon, allowing you to pretend your screen is frozen. Meanwhile, you can click to log off and escape being on camera. Just remember to hold your facial expression steady or you risk giving the game away. All right, so this is what they call in Japan a chindogu – a useless gadget.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I need one of these for real life! Like, someone will be talking to me and I’ll just hold it up, slowly back and away and then run. 

Noodles Towel
Face towel in Japanese noodles bowl design

Ramen noodles have become a hit pretty much all over the world but anyone who delves deeper into Japanese cuisine knows that soba buckwheat noodles and udon wheat noodles are other two parts of Japan’s Holy Noodle Trinity. Regardless of where your loyalties lie, the Noodles Towel lets you have your favorite dish of noodles hanging in your bathroom or, on a hot day, around your neck for the whole world to see!

I am confused, but I’m going to be nice. I own donut shaped earrings, so…I guess I can’t talk. If I saw a donut scarf, I’d probably buy it.


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