Charge your mobile phone while you camp! Only in Japan!

Kooky gadgets are pretty common in Japan. You can find tons of books that show strange and unusual products that Japanese inventors have created.  Like the one I found on Amazon, The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions.

Mobile Phone Necktie Holder

Who needs to worry about strapping your phone to your belt loop when you can use a necktie!  I have a Japanese friend who reconfigured his necktie to hold his cell phone in the back. He used duck tape and a plastic bag and stuffed it in the back of the tie. I wish I had a picture, but I was a little surprised at all of the effort. He said it was quite a strain on his neck, but at least his pants pocket didn’t have an unsightly bulge.

At Design O’Blog, the author has added a collection of quirky images that Japanese inventors have created over the years. Here are a few of my personal faves:

Training Wheels for your High Heels

Cat Duster

Grass Toilet Seat

I personally hate the the toilet seat coverings in Japan. They are usually made of terry cloth and I just find it a bit disgusting to know that you can sit on a towel that someone else used.

But, alas, we are here to talk about the latest in camping gear!

Straight from Japan! Only $300!

You can charge your mobile phone and boil water! This time saving gadget works perfectly for any campfire. The creators at TES NewEnergy Co. have been working since 2000, “on an oxide compound we have since developed into a material capable of converting heat-waste into electrical energy at unprecedentedly high temperatures.” (TES NewEnergyCo.)  I don’t know about you, but the price and the functionality seem hard to resist!  This simple brochure explains it all! The Pan Charger is perfect for emergencies! All you need is a USB!

If you decide to purchase one of this handy dandy items, please let me know.


About Michaela Chatman

Michaela Chatman is the founder of Camp Roadless Summer Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp based in the Tokyo area. She has taught in Chicago, New York City, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. She has worked with children from ages 5-16. She is a dedicated fan and supporter of the arts. She performs locally in Tokyo with Kaguratei, a blues band. She is an active member in TELL:Exceptional Parents Group, Japan Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (JASCD), Tokyo Investment Group, and Pink Cow Connections Networking Group. For fun she organizes The Tokyo Lovers Pizza Meetup Group.
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