Sometimes we're in awe of Japanese products because they're crazy cute, but this looks just a bit...well, crazy. We've never heard of "nagashimen" - trying to catch somen noodles with chopsticks as they fly down a bamboo pipe at a restaurant, but if you're intrigued you can buy the home version.
This is an actual product for sale through Japan Trend Shop ($118). It seems like quite a production just for noodles, but we suppose kids could find more uses and perhaps incorporate it into an elaborate water table set-up or, better yet, a Six Flags water park for G.I. Joe.
Please, someone out there tell us they've eaten somen noodles nagashimen style?
(Via Ooh Shiny!)