Thursday, September 11, 2014

(636) Useless inventions


A characteristic example of what the Japanese call “chindogu” (珍道具), that is, an essentially useless gadget with a life cycle of just a few months: when washing rice before boiling it, you must stir it with your hand. But what happens if you have long nails? You buy one of these rice-stirrers –apparently using, say, a fork isn’t exciting enough. 

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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