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Cheero Power Plus Danboard

Cheero's Power Plus Danboard Edition may look like an anime robot, but it's actually a 10400mAh power bank, and the number one selling battery charger on Amazon in Japan to boot. When paired with the Danboard Lightning and microUSB cable, you'll know exactly when your gadgets are finished charging, thanks to the clever blinking eyes. We recently got some hands-on time with these two accessories, and they're definitely more functional than you expect, to the point where we charged an iPhone 6 Plus from 0% - 100% battery nearly three times. Company page. Continue reading for our full review and hands-on images.

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Hotel Run by Robots

The Henn-na Hotel in Sasebo, Japan is staffed entirely by humanoid robots. In addition to looking cool, they welcome guests, carry their luggage and clean their rooms. That's right, guests are greeted by a multilingual lady humanoid or a velicoraptor dinosaur upon check-in. There are other robots designed to organize the cloakroom, lift heavy suitcases and moving them around into the appropriate place. To keep things moving, a red wheeled-porter take guests' belongings and guides them to their rooms. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Mutant Daisies

Images, posted by Twitter user @San_kaido from Nasushiobara city, located about 110kms from Fukushima, of mutant daisies are going viral online, 4-years after the deadly Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The white flowers are claimed to be the latest in the long-list of victims, which have experienced deformation over nuclear disasters. San_kaido said: "The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied belt-like. The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 uSv/h at 1m above the ground." Continue reading for more images and information.

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Rabbit Sea Slug

Sea slugs and the internet usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about Jorunna parva, a sea slug that looks like a fluffy bunny. "This tiny sea slug's bunny ears are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs that help them detect chemicals in the water and make their way across the ocean floor. They can be found from the Indian Ocean to the Philippines to Japan, where photos of them have become popular," according to Bored Panda. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Anti-Crime Orange Balls

At first glance, these appear to be giant orange baseballs, but they're actually "anti-crime orange balls". Their bright hue comes from the orange paint that fills them, and in the event of a robbery, store employees are instructed to fling them at the perpetrator. When it makes contact, they immediately, marking him or her with orange paint, making it easy for the police to apprehend them. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Mewgaroo Hoodie

Not just any hoodie, the Mewgaroo, created by Japanese pet supply company Uninhabitat, boasts an integrated cat pouch up front specifically for feline snuggling. If you're worried about the cat hair / balls, the pouch has a washable liner that can be easily removed for washing. Have a tiny dog? They'll also be glad to spend some quality time with their owner in the cozy pouch. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Kendo Lightsaber

First there was the Star Wars Kid, now these Kendo swordsman from Japan take lightsaber battles to the next level. For those unfamiliar with this sport, it's basically a modern Japanese martial art descended from swordsmanship in which combatants use bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bogu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world. Continue reading to see the epic battle that ensued.

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Animal Lollipop Japan

Photo credit: Amezaiku Ameshin

No, these aren't CG images, just Amezaiku, the art of crafting realistic animal lollipops that you can actually eat. This skill has been a Japanese tradition since the 8th century, and 26 year-old Shinri Tezuka is an expert at creating these edible works of art made from sugary syrup and starch, with a touch of organic food coloring. He actually has his own shop, called "Ameshin" that sells his animal confectionery for approximately 1000-2000 yen ($8-$17 USD), and also teaches those interested in learning the craft. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Leaf Skeleton Bowl

Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi specializes in creating contemporary fiber art with challenging materials, such as leaves, hornet's nest paper, grass, shells, and linen constitute. For her latest project: "Sekimachi uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural forms." To give them the solid shape, she added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Ninja House Tokyo

People use ladders to access tree houses all the time, but rarely do we see them inside homes - besides home libraries. This Tokyo couple commissioned Hiroyuka Shinozaki Architects to give their 750 square-foot apartment a modern ninja makeover, one that maximizes interior space, and the result was a series of floating floors accessed by a network of ladders. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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