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Hello Kitty! Here’s the ‘demon cat’ that’s captivated (and terrified) Japan

A black cat with long ear-fur resembling horns has caused quite a stir in Japan’s cyberspace. Photos of the feline fiend have spread across the internet, prompting a surge of comments, shares and likes from users of the website etoday.net. Cats are well-known for their cold, somewhat devilish traits, and Japan has a history of popular moggy mythology including the …

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Sadie HaleHello Kitty! Here’s the ‘demon cat’ that’s captivated (and terrified) Japan

Married by a robot – Japanese couple do it a bit differently

So perhaps fewer people in the UK are religious these days, but while people might choose to get married in a registrar's office rather than a church, not many would want their nuptials presided over by a robot. In…

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Anna LeachMarried by a robot – Japanese couple do it a bit differently

A Wrist-Watch that looks like broken glass and charges by USB

A watch that looks like broken glass and can be recharged by USB? If that sounds like some crazy Japanese invention, well that's because it is, but it's also commercially available and looks kinda cool. Released by Tokyoflash Japan,…

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Anna LeachA Wrist-Watch that looks like broken glass and charges by USB

The Kuma phone is basically an overpriced teddy bear


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Where else in the world could this wacky Kuma phone originate from but Japan? I’m not saying the Japanese are wacky, I’m just acknowledging that a lot of ‘out there’ gadgets and design concepts often originate from this tech savvy country. Willcom could have made a bit more effort though and used a stuffed bear that doesn’t look like it’s been dragged through a bush, the washing machine ten times, and then picked up from a charity shop. Its matted fur doesn’t look very inviting, so it’s safe to say you probably wouldn’t want to hold it up to your face and talk into its crotch to make a phone call would you? Thank heavens it’s only a concept phone at the moment then.

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Lucy HedgesThe Kuma phone is basically an overpriced teddy bear

Sega Dream Hamster: like a hamster but with a warranty

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Hamsters – don’t like ‘em, don’t get ‘em, don’t want ‘em. I had one as a child, and it lasted about 18 months longer than my interest in it. It even survived a house fire, even though it was in the same room as the fire started – seriously, this thing was indestructible.

But I accept that there’s a market both for the rodents themselves, and apparently, little robotic versions of them.

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Susi WeaserSega Dream Hamster: like a hamster but with a warranty

Have a baby, slap his/her face on a bag of rice


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Ahhh the weird and wonderful world of the Japanese. Yes we are fully aware this isn’t a gadget, but it’s toooooo kooky for us not to bring your attention to it (we just couldn’t resist). We’re all aware that Japan is a bit different (and that’s me being polite), so it’s no surprise then that it’s a tradition of theirs to hand out cigars when celebrating the birth of a new baby.

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Lucy HedgesHave a baby, slap his/her face on a bag of rice

This is what happens when Gameboys and platforms collide

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Some things should just NEVER be allowed to merge together. In this instance, it’s Gameboys and ridiculously clumpy, ugly and cheap-looking shoes. OMG where do I start with these eyesores, these monstrosities, this absolutely hideous piece of, dare I say it, fashion. No surprises there.

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Lucy HedgesThis is what happens when Gameboys and platforms collide

Tech savvy women have started a gadget revolution (we could have told you that)


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As the world gets increasingly tech-orientated, women are apparently at the forefront of what’s hot in the world of tech. Gone are the days where we’re associated with cutesy/pink/sparkly/basic gadgets. According to Sony Ericsson, we spend more on gadgets than we do on shoes – on average, £391 a year. That’s a total of £17 billion. Not only that, we’re also driving the uptake of online video and web TV (high-five ladies).

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Lucy HedgesTech savvy women have started a gadget revolution (we could have told you that)

The Robot massager gets rid of muscle ache: Claustrophobics need not apply

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You have to love Japan, and not just for their crazy addiction to Hello Kitty, but for all the other weird and wacky gadgets they produce. They’ve just given us details of their new massager, the Auto Healther Reiz DZ-270, which sounds ever so pleasant. You lie in its murky womb like confines, and lower the head

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Zara RabinowiczThe Robot massager gets rid of muscle ache: Claustrophobics need not apply

Tighten that booty with the Japanese butt pillow

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Now this isn’t the first wacky fitness gadget we’ve seen, ( anyone remember the oh so great Safetox?) but it is one of the funniest. Entitled the Easy Beautiful Butt Cushion (I’m sure that sounded a lot more lyrical in Japanese) it says it will turn your arse from flabby into fit. Quite how it aims to do this is unclear, as all you have to

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Zara RabinowiczTighten that booty with the Japanese butt pillow

You don't need an explanation…it's a Hello Kitty washing machine!

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How much do you love Hello Kitty? Enough to purchase a washing machine emblazoned with Japan’s favourite feline? I thought not. Is it me or is this pushing it just a tad? I can only imagine this slightly hideous contraption would find itself a home in a really pink and frilly house somewhere to match all the Hello Kitty cups/plates/wallpaper etc (You know the general stuff owned by Hello Kitty obsessives)

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Lucy HedgesYou don't need an explanation…it's a Hello Kitty washing machine!

The world's first 3D TV (only available in Japan, of course)


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Like most innovative and must-have pieces of technology, the world’s first 3D television has been released in Japan. So all those people over there with half a million yen lying about (that’s £2,500 to us) and an urge to watch everything in third dimensional form will be among the first to experience television 3D style.

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Lucy HedgesThe world's first 3D TV (only available in Japan, of course)