- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st American Ed edition (November 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393313697
- ISBN-13: 978-0393313697
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu Paperback – November 1, 1995
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The author, Kenji Kawakami is well-known in Japan for his creation and tireless promotion of "chingdogu" -- the art of the "unuseless idea." This book features the best of his inventions, inspired devices designed to solve all the nagging problems of domestic life, including ones you may not have realized you have. Reading this book is like exploring an alternate universe in which the 19th century inventors who shaped our lives had far too much time on their hands, and far too many plastic molds in their factories. Hilarious!
From Library Journal
Have you ever been tempted to go for a walk when you really needed to do the laundry? Well, now you can wash your clothes and get your daily exercise at the same time with "Walk 'n' Wash" ankle-attachable laundry tanks. Too busy to breastfeed the baby? The "Daddy Nurser" will let your husband or significant other share in the joys of motherhood. From Japan, land of the bullet-train and the Walkman, come chindogu (literally an odd or distorted tool), witty and whimsical inventions that are almost useful but not quite. Kawakami, founder of the International Chindogu Society, outlines the basic ten tenets of chindogu; among them: they cannot be for real use; they must exist; and they are without prejudice. His book is much like the 101 objects it displays, an "unuseless" purchase but a delight in itself.
Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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