Tag Archives: Japan

  • Zenroast Ceramic Coffee Roaster (Video)

    Zenroast Ceramic Coffee Roaster (Video)

    In Japan, they’ve been roasting tea leaves for myriad generations using a primitive tool called a “horoku.” Somebody out there had the inspired idea to try this process with coffee beans, and the result is a ceramic coffee roaster known as Zenroast. Zenroast is made to roast whatever fancy coffee beans you have on hand over an […]

  • McChocolate Potatoes: Chocolate-Covered Fries Coming to Japan

    McChocolate Potatoes: Chocolate-Covered Fries Coming to Japan

    I’ve long heard about customers at Wendy’s dipping their fries in a chocolate Frosty, but over in Japan another fast food giant is capitalizing on human beings’ latent love of mixing sweet and salty flavors. And since this particular delicacy is called McChocolate Potatoes, I probably don’t have to tell you which restaurant it is. […]

  • DIGNO Rafre Smartphone From Kyocera is Waterproof Enough to Wash (Video)

    DIGNO Rafre Smartphone From Kyocera is Waterproof Enough to Wash (Video)

    Like any other object you carry around with you everywhere, smartphones can get pretty dirty. But even most waterproof phones aren’t built to withstand the serious water pressure necessary to satisfyingly wash away mush and gunk, which is why Kyocera’s DIGNO Rafre smartphone is such an enviable product. The DIGNO Rafre is a smartphone now […]

  • Minim+Aid Emergency Preparedness Kit From Nendo

    Minim+Aid Emergency Preparedness Kit From Nendo

    Invented in the wake of the devastating 2011 Great East Japan earthquake, Minim+Aid is an emergency preparedness kit that was developed with an eye toward versatility in a wide variety of emergency situations. Its main objective in those situations is for its features to include “the bare minimum necessary for a city-dweller to make it […]

  • Vibram Furoshiki: A Shoe That Wraps Around the Foot

    Vibram Furoshiki: A Shoe That Wraps Around the Foot

    Remember those weird toe shoes that started popping up a while back? Now, the company that made those Five Fingers shoes, Vibram, is back with another radical approach to footwear. It’s the Vibram Furoshiki, so-named for a traditional Japanese cloth-wrap technique that inspired the shoe’s unusual (to say the least) construction. The Vibram Furoshiki is […]

  • Narita International Airport Terminal 3 by Nikken Sekkei (Photos)

    Narita International Airport Terminal 3 by Nikken Sekkei (Photos)

    Airports all over the world tend to be monuments to bustling humanity and over-stimulation, but Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei came up with a better approach to airport terminal design.  And the Narita International Airport actually let them implement their ideas for their Terminal 3 project. Narita’s Terminal 3 is the airport‘s home to smaller […]

  • Pepper the $1600 Emotional Robot Sells Out in One Minute (Video)

    Pepper the $1600 Emotional Robot Sells Out in One Minute (Video)

    Do you want a robot friend with emotions? If not, you might be in a minority, at least if the crackerjack sales performance of Pepper is any indication. Pepper is an interactive robotic humanoid that can recognize human facial expressions, as well as engage with its own internal system of artificial “emotions.” And after the […]

  • Sony LED Speaker Bulb Hits Japan

    Sony LED Speaker Bulb Hits Japan

    In case you weren’t already jealous of people who live in Japan, they now have access to light bulbs that are also speakers, thanks to Sony. It’s the Sony LED Speaker Bulb, which could also be described as a speaker that’s also a light bulb, if you prefer. The Sony LED Speaker Bulb isn’t the […]

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Announced

    Sony Xperia Z4 Announced

    Sony’s line of waterproof, dustproof, and lifeproof smartphones isn’t showing any signs of stopping. The brand recently announced the upcoming next entry in the line, the Sony Xperia Z4, now slated only to come out in Japan but with information on a wider release probably coming soon. The wheel isn’t being reinvented in the Sony Xperia […]