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    Cool Japanese Products

    I love finding those products from Japan that make me pleasantly shake my head and think, "only the Japanese would do this" and then secretly want to buy it.

    Here are a few of my favorites.

    Sushi Game. They also have a bizarre train version where you pluck sushi off of a toy train with chop sticks. Instructions are in Japanese though.



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    Ice Ball Maker. For those who don't care to learn how to turn an ice ball by hand. Just warm the cylinder and let gravity make the ice sphere.



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    Makki Maker for Kids. I'm sure American kids might have a tougher time with this.



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    And just because my wife's a radiologist, this wooden toy MRI makes me laugh. They have a wooden toy for almost every medical imaging device it seems.



    k.
    "In Japan they don't call it Japanese food, they just call it food." -- Children's Hospital Quote

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    Really? $1500.00 for an iceball maker? Guess if I really wanted it I would learn to do it by hand.

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    Feel like an idiot here, but what the hell is an iceball? You mean for drinks? I got a plastic mold from Maker's Mark as part of some advertising thing. Think it cost them about $0.50 to produce.

    Wait a second, I've got an idea... Anybody wants the plastic mold it's $150 shipping included! 1/10th the price and you can do 4x as many in a go! Effectively 1/40th the price!!! Heck of a deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by bprescot View Post
    Feel like an idiot here, but what the hell is an iceball? You mean for drinks? I got a plastic mold from Maker's Mark as part of some advertising thing. Think it cost them about $0.50 to produce.

    Wait a second, I've got an idea... Anybody wants the plastic mold it's $150 shipping included! 1/10th the price and you can do 4x as many in a go! Effectively 1/40th the price!!! Heck of a deal
    if only you accepted paypal (sigh)
    Tom Gray, Seagrove, NC

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    Yeah, I know the sphere thing is spendy. The ice spheres melt slower so there is less water diluting the drinks. As for myself, I just bought the plastic trays too, but I have seen that bars have used the sphere thing for high-end cocktails.

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    The mini ones are more reasonable at around US$200.

    I've spent more on sillier things but still can't pull the trigger.

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    Ice ball is pretty big over here.
    Though I could not caution all I still might warn a few; Don't raise your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools. - Robert Hunter

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    I was at the MOMA store in NYC and bought a japanese plastic mould for ice balls. Left it at an old work place though...I think it was like $10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9mmbhp View Post
    The mini ones are more reasonable at around US$200.

    I've spent more on sillier things but still can't pull the trigger.

    Just ordered them. I'm guessing they'll work for shaping sorbet and ice cream as well.

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    Not quite food related. Sort of.
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