You gotta love the online Japan Trend Shop with its overflowing abundance of gadgets ranging from funny to odd, surprising, hair raising, embarrassing, pornographic, useful, stupid and laughable. They list 860 different products under categories like lifestyle, feel good, Tokyo culturart, good design and unique Japan. There is even a partner shop called Kanojo Toys featuring 732 erotic adult toys from Japan. (Kanojo means ‘she’ in Japanese.) It’s a sure bet you will find something at Japan Trend Shop that you’ll never see anywhere else. For a couple of examples look at an earlier feature on a few of their products. Always fun to browse their online shelves and a recent visit turned up a couple of interesting items. No attempt on my part to rewrite their original and droll copy. Take a stroll down aisle four…
THE PEE WITHOUT NOISE STOOL
We’ve all been there—It’s 2 a.m. in the sleeping house, your mother-in-law is right behind you in line for the potty, or you don’t want to broadcast the fact that you downed six glasses of beer over the course of your date. As great as it is to be able to pee standing up, there are some situations where you just want to do your business discreetly, and having the outlet several feet above the bowl makes it hard to keep the volume down. The Pee Without Noise Stool is one of those ideas we’re embarrassed we didn’t think of before.
You could sit, but not only is that unbecoming a man, you also risk splashing the rim. Enter the Pee Without Noise Stool! Kneeling on its soft cushions positions you at the exact right height to land your stream in the bowl at a much-reduced velocity and volume level. This simple, elegant [!] tool could save your dignity, your relationship, or even your life if there’s a robber in the house but you just have to go!
• A choice of the polyurethane DX or wood Eco models
• Size: 15 x 31 x 23cm (DX), or 51 x 22 x 14cm (Eco)
• Weight: DX model 900g (2 lbs), Eco model 1350g (3 lbs)
• Both models built to hold 120kg (265 lbs) of weight
• Manual [for those needing instructions?]: Japanese language only
THE SHOUTING VASE
Turn your loudest, most urgent frustrations into mere whispers with the Shouting Vase. The plastic jug is designed to fit over the contours of your mouth and absorb your screams and shouts, “storing” them in the vase and emitting a softer version of your angry cries through the tiny hole at the base.
The Shouting Vase was first featured on NHK’s Good Morning Japan and has since appeared on several other television shows, making this terracotta pottery-inspired item a hit product. Ideal for when you feel like shouting, but know that speaking softly is more likely to do the trick. Or it could be the perfect gift for that loud one in your life.
• Size: 12.5cm x 12.5cm x 18.5cm (5in x 7.5in)
• Weight: 210g (7.5oz)
• Material: ABS resin
• Instructions: Japanese language only