Improving the everyday
Japanese gadgets for home and personal use are primarily about convenience, cleanliness, and engineering a solution to common problems, but they’re often imbued with a spirit of fun. While outsiders might see items such as Thanko’s full-face Pollen Blocker 2 visor-hood as “wacky,” the Japanese prefer to describe them as “Galapagos” products. These unusual, homegrown technologies often struggle to thrive overseas, making them as unique to Japan as the species that evolved on the Galapagos are to that Pacific archipelago.
Appliance manufacturers in Japan are always chasing the cutting edge while dealing with intense domestic competition. From the humble ...