The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Art - 303 pages
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In Japan, Kenji Kawakami is famous for his tireless promotion of Chindogu: the art of the unuseless idea. Kawakami has developed an entire philosophy around these bizarre and logic-defying gadgets and gizmos, which must work but are actually entirely impractical. Created in the spirit of anarchy, unuseless inventions are not allowed to be patented or sold.

Fans of the unuseless will love this completely absorbing collection of 200 Chindogu, including:

  • the Drymobile (your laundry dries as you drive)
  • the Solar-Powered Torch (never runs low on batteries)
  • Duster Slippers for Cats (now the most boring job around the house becomes hours of fun--for your cat!)
  • Walk 'n' Wash Ankle-Attachable Laundry Tanks (a perfect solution for the problems of inadequate exercise and hygiene)
  • and many, many more.

These hilarious inventions have taken Japan by storm. Every one of the 200 items in The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions has actually been manufactured to the highest standards, fully tested by pioneering members of the Japanese public, and documented in their unuselessness with photographs.

 

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User Review  - stipe168 - LibraryThing

Bento, or I think Kawamari, is the Japanese art of creating a product that is very useful and useless at the same time. To say more will detain you from the pleasures of this book. A strange classic? Read full review

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User Review  - WittyreaderLI - LibraryThing

How can I rate this book? It contains inventions that are incredibly silly, wacky and clever. It is a very quick read, it can be done as a flip, yet it will be guanrenteed to make you smile at least once, and probably laugh out loud. This is a great coffee table book and a great gift as well! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
8
Section 3
12
Section 4
25
Section 5
26
Section 6
31
Section 7
35
Section 8
46
Section 19
134
Section 20
135
Section 21
136
Section 22
141
Section 23
161
Section 24
168
Section 25
173
Section 26
187

Section 9
51
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
60
Section 13
72
Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
127
Section 18
131
Section 27
188
Section 28
193
Section 29
197
Section 30
203
Section 31
228
Section 32
239
Section 33
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Section 34
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About the author (2005)

Kenji Kawakami is the inventor of the concept of Chindogu and the founder of the 10,000-member International Chindogu Society.

Dan Papia is a translator. He also heads the chapter of the International Chindogu Society based in Los Angeles.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a celebrity chef, television personality, journalist, food writer, and "real food" campaigner. He promotes a back-to-basics philosophy with regards to cooking.

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