Odd Japanese Products: Animal Hot Pad - Japan has long been one step ahead of the rest of the world technologically. Most people, however, don’t recognize Japan for its innovations or creativity, let alone its knack for all out fantasy. Some inventions are clever, a few are even brilliant ideas, while others are absurd but in an interesting way. It has become such a “thing” that there is even a word for it: chindogu. Mr Kenji Kawakami, an inventor and founder of tofugu.com. Kawakami describes the products as un-useless, which is to say almost useful but at the same time, so outlandish that people would not want to be seen using them. He also has a few rules for chindogu: products may not only be funny but sort of useful and products must represent freedom, never taboo and not patented. Finally, the products must not be for sale. Well, a few of them have slipped through the cracks. Anything to make a buck! Even 100 Yen shop chain Daiso now has inflatable tits. Another gold mine for shopping for un-useless products is Don Quijote or “donki” as it is known in Japan. A few popular items: Lipstick guide stencils for klutses who can’t apply makeup without smudges; karaoke mufffled microphone so you can belt out that song without anyone hearing it; nose enhancers, and even inflatable swan-shaped penis extenders!