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Cat's Forehead Fragrance

These days, there are companies that specialize in selling empty gag product boxes, but "Mohu Mohu Odeko no Kaori" (Fluffy Forehead Fragrance) Fabric Water from Japan-based retailer Felissimo isn't one of them. Available a 3.4-ounce bottle, priced at $10.60, this product is described as sweet and aromatic, designed to freshen up fabrics like cushions. You could also pick up a $25 kitten head plush toy to spray it on. Continue reading for more pictures and information. click here to see cats as 1960s scientists and pilots.

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Giant Salamander

A high school student "Yu" from Kyoto, Japan has discovered a giant Salamander casually walking down a footpath on his journey to class. He called the police to watch on, so he was not late for school, as the amphibious creature made its way back to the river. The Japanese giant salamander, is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List as a near threatened species. They can grow up to 150cm most found in the wild are between 60-70cm long according to Japanese environment agency data. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view more pictures of giant slamanders.

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Sliced Chocolate

H/T: Bored Panda

Love chocolate and grilled cheese sandwiches? It may be time to rejoice, as Japan-based Bourbon has released sliced chocolate that looks exactly like the American cheese slices you're used to seeing in supermarkets. You get five two-millimeter (0.08-inch) thick slices per package, but unfortunately, they will set you back a cool $27USD. Continue reading for more pictures and information. click here to view some bizarre chip flavors from around the world.

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Mewgaroo Hoodie

Unihabitat, a Japan-based pet supply company, has unveiled their latest product, the Mewgaroo Jumpsuit. Think of it as a onesie (pajamas) for adults that boasts an built-in feline pouch in front. There's also wedge-shaped pouch that includes a removable liner for cat hair and such, paw print-clad long cuffs, cat ears on the hood, as well as a swinging tail in case Halloween is just around the corner. Continue reading for a video of the Mewgaroo Hoodie.

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Hand Rest Gadget Japan

Another day, another bizarre gadget from Japan, and this time, it's Thanko's Agonose Arm. It functions exactly as it sounds: an arm with a tilting flat hand on one end, while the bottom clamps to your desk. The adjustable wrist (height included) can be angled to support either your chin or cheek, depending on how you feel. Click here to view more strange gadgets from Japan. Continue reading for more pictures and information about the Agonose Arm.

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Space Glass

H/T: Bored Panda

Satoshi Tomizu is a skilled glass artist from Japan that puts the universe in tiny eyeball-sized glass marbles for his "Space Glass" series. He adds air bubbles, opals, flakes of gold as well as other decorative pieces to transform simple glass into a scene that's out of this world. As you can probably guess by just looking at the pieces, his work has won several international awards. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Selfie Arm

H/T: Kotaku / Mansooon

Selfie sticks are one thing, but a man who goes by "Mansooon" online decided that they were a bit too awkward to use. So, he decided to create a selfie arm, complete with a super long-sleeved shirt. The contraption basically consists of two selfie stick that have been glued to plastic hands. It looks somewhat amusing to use during special occasions, like Halloween, but on a day-to-day basis, we'd far prefer the normal version. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Steel Like Glass

Scientists in Japan have created glass that is nearly as strong as steel, and this new material, that is so resistant to shattering, has thousands of applications, such as smartphones. Alumina, an oxide of aluminum, is the substance used in creating the durable glass, mixed with silicon dioxide, resulting in a much stronger pane of glass. The research team expressed the chemical components into the air, where they synthesized and created a transparent pane of nearly unbreakable glass. Continue reading for an image of the material and more information.

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Pokemon Gym Japan

Photo credit: Kotaku

In the Pokemon games, the Gym is where players go to train their Pocket Monsters, and the Pokemon Expo Gym is where you can shop and interact with Pokemon. Now, there's a real-life Pokemon Expo Gym in Osaka, Japan, which is similar to Pokemon Center stores in that it offers a whole host of things to buy, along with real exhibits in which you can interact and talk with monsters. Interactive areas include: Charzard's Battle Colosuem, Zoroark's Somewhat Sinister Dojo, Machamp's First Aid Center, Pokemon Battle Bowling, and more. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a nightmare fuel father and daughter costume duo.

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Kotatsu Bed Japanese

Photo credit: Bored Panda

A kotatsu is basically a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, often built into the table itself. They are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere. The modern style of kotatsu consists of a table with an electric heater attached to the underside of the table. This evolved from a clay pot with hot coals placed under a table. The kotatsu usually is set on a thin futon, like a throw rug. A second, thicker futon is placed over the kotatsu table, above which the tabletop is placed. The electric heater attached to the underside of the table heats the space under the comforter. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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