This high-quality folding umbrella exudes high-tech electronic wizardry with its "transistorized" design.
It appears to be a simple black brolly decorated with colorful diodes and amps, but a closer look reveals that all the electronic components are cute, friendly characters.
Even the handle has a smiley face. Japanese customers love this item so much that some of them prefer not to take it out in the rain. (If you do take it out for a spin, it folds and fits easily into a bag or briefcase when not in use.)
From Japanese design group Kuralab. [US$ 29]
It's official: things were better in the old days. When Beat Sonic sought crowd-funding for its new LED lights that look like old-school filament bulbs, the target of 1.5m yen was oversubscribed almost tenfold.
The clear light bulbs have orangey LED filaments that give out a toasty nostalgic glow, completely unlike the cold brightness of neon or fluorescent. With prices ranging from $30 to $55, these babies aren't cheap, but it seems there are plenty of nostalgic fans in Japan who want to illuminate their snugs with filament bulbs while listening to analog records on the gramophone and watching the flames flicker on a gas fire in the hearth.