In this post, we continue our search for the weirdest innovation Japanese had came up with. If it is nothing new to you, do pardon my ignorance!
See, Listen, Eat (and Repeat until the cake is gone)
This is the modern day (probably becoming more and more common) story of the power of the masses. Following a successful crowd funding campaign, a gift which your recipient can enjoy from admiring, listening and eating it, became a reality with Augmented reality (no pun intended). Combining baumkuchen, a popular snack and dessert in Japan, with Augmented Reality technology, this treat is both yummy to the ears and tummy. Resembling both a baumkuchen cake (or kueh lapis, in South East Asian context) and vinyl record, you can customise the jacket in which it comes in from their website. You can also choose the music to be attached (currently only from a list of 3), and whether to make your own message card. For urgent orders, they even provide ready made ones (again choose from a list of 3) that can be delivered in 1-2 days time. At a price of ¥1,800 or ¥2,200 (depending there was customisation) + ¥500 delivery fee, I personally think that it’s worth giving the novelty a try. After all, getting one that comes with a box from the famous brand, Juchheim, at Takashimaya already costs SGD14.90.
Cake SLT, anyone?
Grounded First Class Cabins
Since most of us do not have the fortune to travel First Class, why not settle for accommodation that’s First Class in style. The concept First Cabin has is, in every way, a replica of how airlines business models are based on. Their First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Premium Class Cabins are distinguished by the size of the rooms. Just as how First Class has wider space than Business and Premium Economy Class onboard, so are the rooms in First Cabin. With 15 facilities in major cities all over Japan at a cost of less than ¥10,000 a night, it’s most suited for lone travellers who do not mind the hostel concept where toilets have to shared. (After all, bathrooms onboard flight are to be shared by everyone anyway, right?) And although rooms at the singles floor cannot be locked, you would be pleased to know that everyone on the same floor are of the same sex, and that the twins room are lockable, in case there’s any action going on (*wink*)