Chindogu: Japan’s Art Of Useless Inventions

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Literally meaning “unusual tool” or “weird tool”, the concept of Chindogu was created by Kenji Kawakami as a protest against materialism; it is “the Japanese art of inventing useless things”. However, not every “useless” invention can be considered Chindogu. Its fundamental tenets determine whether an item qualifies; for example, the most explicit rule is that something Chindogu cannot be patented or sold commercially. “Don’t think too much about it, because Chindogu begs you not to take it too seriously.” Read full article here

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