The Big Bento Box Of Unuseless Japanese Inventions
Product Review (submitted on December 17, 2011):
This book is amazing in both concept and visuals. Kawakami is a promoter of something known as Chindogo which is the art of an invention that is impractical but possible. The idea is to create something that people could use but would never actually go to the trouble of making. The book is considered humor and while the inventions are funny I saw it more as art that's inspired and interesting.
Some notable inventions: A business tool belt which resembles a conventional one but is filled with things like a phone, calculator and bank slips, portable armrests that you wear over your shoulders, and my favorite, a turf covered toilet seat to bring the great outdoors to your bathroom.