Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

28 Ridiculous Japanese Inventions That Are Actually (Sort Of) Useful.

Think of an artform -- any artform. Now, wrap your brain around the fact that if it exists, Japan probably had something to do with it. After all, in a country with tens of thousands of years of culture and creation, it only makes sense that they've dabbled in just about every artistic invention there is: Even if that invention doesn't actually work. In fact, there's a Japanese artform for exactly that, and it's called chindōgu.

Allow us to explain: Chindōgu is the Japanese art of creating everyday gadgets that seem like a really, really great idea. However, these inventions have one distinctive feature: They don't actually work, or would solve one problem by creating several others. Chindōgu are often described as "unuseless," as they serve a certain purpose but don't help you accomplish anything. See some examples below.

#1. Hello Kitty dog pants seem cute, but the real question is: How quickly can you get them off?

#2. These earrings don't exactly seem comfortable.

#3. This donut camera is cute, but that's probably about it?

#4. Ouch.

Ouch.

#5. These shower shoes wash your feet and your feet alone. For use while standing in...the shower?

#6. This voice trainer somehow claims to make your voice more beautiful.

#7. We get the idea of this lipstick stencil, but can already imagine how it will work out.

We get the idea of this lipstick stencil, but can already imagine how it will work out.

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#8. A hand massager...for your breasts.

#9. A face expander, for some reason.

#10. When your own arm just won't do.

#11. Fake hand covers your mouth when you use a toothpick, because being spotted using a toothpick would be terrible.

Fake hand covers your mouth when you use a toothpick, because being spotted using a toothpick would be terrible.

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#12. The Hana Tsun Nose Straightener does not look comfortable.

#13. Comfortable, but not exactly productive.

#14. For all the times you felt compelled to make something out of cat hair.

For all the times you felt compelled to make something out of cat hair.

#15. Bubble wrap that never stops.

Bubble wrap that never stops.

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#16. A marriage countdown bra. Yikes.

A marriage countdown bra. Yikes.

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#17. To clip all your nails at once. Surely this couldn't go wrong.

To clip all your nails at once. Surely this couldn't go wrong.

#18. Dry your clothes on the go.

Dry your clothes on the go.

#19. Wash your clothes while you walk.

Wash your clothes while you walk.

#20. This earphone alarm will definitely wake you up.

#21. Never leave home without them.

Never leave home without them.

#22. These don't look hard to walk in at all.

These don't look hard to walk in at all.

#23. To keep the insects away from your shoes, for some reason.

To keep the insects away from your shoes, for some reason.

#24. A totally blissed out zen litter box.

#25. Shred while you shred.

Shred while you shred.

#26. In case you ever wanted to know how much you chew.

In case you ever wanted to know how much you chew.

#27. This lie detector headset won't make anyone uncomfortable.

#28. And finally, a remote control cleaning brush. Honestly, this seems like way more fun than doing it yourself.

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