Japan Trend Shop

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Last week we shined our light on one of our favourite online gift resources for the geek-chic set, and in similar fashion, online retailer Japan Trend Shop offers a hodgepodge of rare tech oriented items intended for the Japanese market, miscellaneous gadgets, and some head-scratchers. A good portion of the selection is what we'd call tchotchke-quality, but there's a notable amount of products from the likes of PlusMinusZero and Elecom to balance your online window shopping experience and keep your design sensibilities happy.
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Some of our personal favourites from their selection include: the Hono Electric Candle, the silly-but-amusing USB Air Conditioned Shirt by Kuchofuku, and the Etiquette Checker bad breath and alcohol test. There's even a section titled, Good Design where items like the coveted (but overpriced) Plus Minus Zero LCD Television is listed. Many of the items seem to have prices that reveal their duty-taxed premium, especially some of the real tech-oriented items. But Japan Trend Shop is worth a peek when you've got to hunt down something of more rare and Japanese origin, if only for a chuckle of sending your friend one of these.

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