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booklover3258 | outras 3 resenhas | Jan 20, 2020 |
Recently rediscovered and reread this ridiculous, unforgettable book, which I must have first come across in eighth grade. Seems so out-of-date! Although I suppose the mid-90s hair and clothes stood out even then. But over a decade later, I would still wear the vertically-attached glasses — they'd forever solve the dilemma reading in bed — and I remain convinced that a number of these inventions would be (are?) completely marketable. I also love the image of the poor cat in duster slippers.



My enthusiasm began to waver by the second half of the book. For all the talk in the intro of chindogu being "without prejudice," a disheartening number of these inventions rely on tired tropes of housewives cooking and cleaning at home, while their husbands run off to play golf instead of helping around the house, thus disrupting "matrimonial harmony." Gag. I was especially horrified by the "training high heels," which "smooth the transition to adult female footwear" (i.e., spine-deforming high heels). Great.

Oh well. Read it for the undignified cat pictures, I guess? And the absurd suggestions for surviving the subway, which I'm now reminded of every time I take the train during rush hour.
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csoki637 | outras 3 resenhas | Nov 27, 2016 |
A suprise birthday gift that really delighted me. There is a charming naivete about these inventions, almost entireley but not completely useless. Some seem like things I would actually like to have. Thanks, Leslie!
 
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amyem58 | outras 3 resenhas | Jul 15, 2014 |
Very funny, quick read. There were actually a couple of items I found related to things we use today.
Three out of five.
 
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veranaz22 | outras 3 resenhas | Nov 17, 2010 |
Leave it to the Japanese to make an artform of uselessness. Amazing amount of frivolous fun in this wacky book.
 
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kurvanas | outras 3 resenhas | Oct 7, 2009 |
Bento, or I think Kawamari, is the Japanese art of creating a product that is very useful and useless at the same time. To say more will detain you from the pleasures of this book. A strange classic?
 
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stipe168 | outras 3 resenhas | Jan 10, 2007 |
I've seen a few of these before, but can't recall where. Thye make you laugh the first time around, but after that they kind of fall flat. Sent off to SandDanz.
 
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Jebbie74 | Dec 21, 2006 |
How can I rate this book? It contains inventions that are incredibly silly, wacky and clever. It is a very quick read, it can be done as a flip, yet it will be guanrenteed to make you smile at least once, and probably laugh out loud. This is a great coffee table book and a great gift as well!
 
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WittyreaderLI | outras 3 resenhas | Oct 17, 2006 |
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