Chindogu are inventions that defy concise explanation. They aren't useful. But they aren't completely useless either. Their creator, Kenji Kawakami, describes them as "un-useless.

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A collection of the author's most imaginative Chindohgu, otherwise known as unuseless ideas, includes the bath body suit and the walk 'n' wash ankle-attachable laundry tank. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by W. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unuseless Japanese Inventions , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Unuseless Japanese Inventions.

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Unuseless Japanese Inventions. Jan 19, Valerie rated it liked it Shelves: cypresslibrary. I bought this on a trip to Seattle with Debbie and Steve. We had quite the laugh. Another one I keep in the school library to trick students into opening books for pleasure.

Aug 10, Stacia rated it liked it Shelves: , asia. View 1 comment. Jan 14, Caitlin rated it it was amazing. I haven't laughed so hard at a book in a long, long time.

Mar 11, Melinda rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction , japan. Recently rediscovered and reread this ridiculous, unforgettable book, which I must have first come across in eighth grade.

Seems so out-of-date! Although I suppose the mids hair and clothes stood out even then. But over a decade later, I would still wear the vertically-attached glasses — they'd forever solve the dilemma reading in bed — and I remain convinced that a number of these inventions would be are?

I also love the image of the poor cat in duster slippers. My en Recently rediscovered and reread this ridiculous, unforgettable book, which I must have first come across in eighth grade.

My enthusiasm began to waver by the second half of the book. For all the talk in the intro of chindogu being "without prejudice," a disheartening number of these inventions rely on tired tropes of housewives cooking and cleaning at home, while their husbands run off to play golf instead of helping around the house, thus disrupting "matrimonial harmony. I was especially horrified by the "training high heels," which "smooth the transition to adult female footwear" i.

Oh well. Read it for the undignified cat pictures, I guess? And the absurd suggestions for surviving the subway, which I'm now reminded of every time I take the train during rush hour. Feb 04, Spazfungus rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't decide what is my favorite UNuseless invention. Dust slippers for cats "for feline assistance with tedious housework", Fish Face Cover "helps get the fish cut with minimum emotional trama" or The Sweethearts Training Arm "a PDA confidence developer" It's a mannequins arm that your sweetheart can hold on to so you don't have to worry if your hands are sweaty The pictures are hilarious.

All inventions are so zany I'm temped to make a few umbrella tripod! Jan 29, Maximilian rated it it was amazing. On first glance one might think this book is a just silly anthology created mostly for the purpose of selling it and profiting from it. But it turns out the authors have a serious investment in this thing.

They call it "Chindogu," and there is an organization, the Chindogu Society, dedicated to it, which you can join for free if you can think of something to contribute. One notable tenet of the Society is that you cannot profit from it, which I thought was cool.

The book contains some funny inven On first glance one might think this book is a just silly anthology created mostly for the purpose of selling it and profiting from it. The book contains some funny inventions and would be a good read for anyone interested in creativity and ingenuity.

May 14, Karen Jean Martinson rated it it was amazing. My favorite? Umbrellas for your shoes. Jul 30, Lafcadio rated it it was ok Recommended to Lafcadio by: Colin. Shelves: foyer , upper-arm. All I have to say is Oct 12, Roger rated it it was amazing Shelves: makes-a-good-bathroom-reader , what-jared-left-behind , move-nov , november-move Jan 03, Mara rated it really liked it. Apr 10, Valerie added it. I have to say that I've not so much read as skimmed these books--which is what they were designed for, after all.

I really care more about the concept than the individual examples, anyway. Aug 15, Michael rated it it was amazing. So very very funny -- and some are close enough to "unuseless" that you wish they were real. Apr 11, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: age-high-school , nonfiction , humor , gift-books. Possibly one of the funniest books ever written.

Would be a great gift book, bathroom book, or reluctant reader hook. My favorite invention is when the toilet paper is on the head and you pull it down. Mar 20, FasterKillFastPussycat rated it really liked it. John rated it liked it Jul 31, Brent Davie rated it liked it Feb 15, Peter Wise rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Jennifer rated it really liked it Jan 28, Casey Gilman rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Bryon rated it really liked it Jul 06, Sep 12, Emily rated it it was amazing.

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101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions

The term was coined by Kenji Kawakami. Kenji was a former editor and contributor to the Japanese home-shopping magazine "Mail Order Life. The special category of inventions then be familiarized by Japanese people. Dan Papia then introduced it to the English-speaking world and popularized it as a monthly feature in his magazine, Tokyo Journal , encouraging readers to send in ideas. Most classic chindogu products are collected in the book. Many examples got a sense of humor in the way they have been used.


101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu.

Chindogu is the Japanese word coined for the art of the unuseless idea -- weirdly logical designs for living that have taken an unsuspecting world by storm. Meant to solve the niggling problems of modern life, these bizarre and logic-defying gadgets and gizmos have a tendency to fail completely -- but also heroically, magnificently, and hilariously. Addicts of the unuseless will love this collection of brand-new Chindogu, including the Eat 'n' Exercise no one cares about calories when you exercise as you eat , the Drymobile your laundry dries as you drive , the Solar-Powered Torch, and many, many more Funny but subversive. Ordinary but surreal.

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