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7 Insane And Ingenious Japanese Trends Hitting America

Remember Hello Kitty!, Tamagotchi Digital Pets, and Nintendo DS? Well, thank the Japanese for these ingenious products that took America by storm. More recently, even more trends have been hitting America, some of which are quite insane, but quite ingenious as well.

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1. Snuggle Buddies

This one will freak you out if you’re a personal space kind of person, but believe it or not people are paying to snuggle and even co-sleep with perfect strangers. Started in Japan in “Cuddle Cafes,” customers pay hourly rates to simply have someone to spend time with or co-sleep with if they choose. In America, a young woman has recently launched the “Snuggery,” a company that allows clients to cuddle with her for $60 an hour. The health benefits of nonsexual touch have been proven helpful in improving mood and lowering stress, so who knows, maybe they’re onto something.
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This one will freak you out if you’re a personal space kind of person, but believe it or not people are paying to snuggle and even co-sleep with perfect strangers. Started in Japan in “Cuddle Cafes,” customers pay hourly rates to simply have someone to spend time with or co-sleep with if they choose. In America, a young woman has recently launched the “Snuggery,” a company that allows clients to cuddle with her for $60 an hour. The health benefits of nonsexual touch have been proven helpful in improving mood and lowering stress, so who knows, maybe they’re onto something.

2. Self-Cleaning Bidet Toilets

The new term “smart toilets” is emerging in American culture, and it’s all thanks to Japan. The Japanese have been using bidets for decades, a trend that has been slowly emerging in America, but with new technology like a self-cleaning bidet, many companies in America are taking note and bringing the bidet in all its glory to American shores. Inspired by the Japanese, more and more American companies are offering a number of self-cleaning features that include an oscillating cleanse feature, water pulse cleanse, self-cleaning nozzles and nozzle sterilization. Since bidets can be easily attached to the existing porcelain throne, this is a trend that can be easily adapted in American homes.
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The new term “smart toilets” is emerging in American culture, and it’s all thanks to Japan. The Japanese have been using bidets for decades, a trend that has been slowly emerging in America, but with new technology like a self-cleaning bidet, many companies in America are taking note and bringing the bidet in all its glory to American shores. Inspired by the Japanese, more and more American companies are offering a number of self-cleaning features that include an oscillating cleanse feature, water pulse cleanse, self-cleaning nozzles and nozzle sterilization. Since bidets can be easily attached to the existing porcelain throne, this is a trend that can be easily adapted in American homes.

3. Keitai Novels

In Japan, one teenager wrote a three-volume novel all on her cell phone and has gone on to sell 110,000 paperback copies, grossing over $611,000 in sales. As we are spending more and more time on our cell phones, the market for cellphone novelists has emerged with a popular genre called keitai, or cellphone, novels. Americans already have novels on e-readers but the act of publishing straight from a cellphone is definitely new technology. Keitai writers can even get feedback from writers and help other writers with errors or alternate story lines. With such interactive story creation, who knows, maybe the next great American novel will have been written all on a little cell phone.
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In Japan, one teenager wrote a three-volume novel all on her cell phone and has gone on to sell 110,000 paperback copies, grossing over $611,000 in sales. As we are spending more and more time on our cell phones, the market for cellphone novelists has emerged with a popular genre called keitai, or cellphone, novels. Americans already have novels on e-readers but the act of publishing straight from a cellphone is definitely new technology. Keitai writers can even get feedback from writers and help other writers with errors or alternate story lines. With such interactive story creation, who knows, maybe the next great American novel will have been written all on a little cell phone.

4. Harajuku Girl Fashion

Did you know the popularity of camouflage as a fashion statement began in Japan before hitting America? Most Americans don’t realize that many of the trends start in Japan before migrating to Europe, America, and then the rest of the world. Japanese fashion influences more westerner styles these days than you may think. Most recently popular singer Gwen Stefani merged her love for Japanese culture with a European designer to create for her line of Harajuku girls fashion. These fashions include bold colors, knee highs, plaids, short pleated skirts and interesting head gear. The Harajuku culture has been around for a while in Japan, but Americans seem to love it as Stefani has also just recently releases a perfume to accompany her fashion line inspired by her Harajuku girl back-up dancers.
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Did you know the popularity of camouflage as a fashion statement began in Japan before hitting America? Most Americans don’t realize that many of the trends start in Japan before migrating to Europe, America, and then the rest of the world. Japanese fashion influences more westerner styles these days than you may think. Most recently popular singer Gwen Stefani merged her love for Japanese culture with a European designer to create for her line of Harajuku girls fashion. These fashions include bold colors, knee highs, plaids, short pleated skirts and interesting head gear. The Harajuku culture has been around for a while in Japan, but Americans seem to love it as Stefani has also just recently releases a perfume to accompany her fashion line inspired by her Harajuku girl back-up dancers.

5. Miracle Fruit Cafes

Miracle fruit is a berry that comes from West Africa and contains the protein miraculin, consisting of over 191 amino acids. When eaten, the miraculin binds to your tongue and acts like a sweetness inducer when in contact with the acids and the feeling can last for hours but easily washed away with hot liquid. The Japanese have been researching this miracle berry for years as a low-calorie way to get the sweetness we all crave, and Miracle Fruit Cafes could be the replacement for the fro-yo craze currently fizzling out in America. Miracle Fruit Cafes sell the miracle berries at 250 yen per miracle or can be purchased in parfaits or lemonades. Americans have already caught onto this trend using the berry as a low-cal way to lose weight.
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Miracle fruit is a berry that comes from West Africa and contains the protein miraculin, consisting of over 191 amino acids. When eaten, the miraculin binds to your tongue and acts like a sweetness inducer when in contact with the acids and the feeling can last for hours but easily washed away with hot liquid. The Japanese have been researching this miracle berry for years as a low-calorie way to get the sweetness we all crave, and Miracle Fruit Cafes could be the replacement for the fro-yo craze currently fizzling out in America. Miracle Fruit Cafes sell the miracle berries at 250 yen per miracle or can be purchased in parfaits or lemonades. Americans have already caught onto this trend using the berry as a low-cal way to lose weight.

6. Cosplay

The term cosplay is a blend from the words “costume” and “play.” This Tokyo fashion trend is basically a trend where people create very unique costumes and accessories to become specific character from popular Manga, Anima, video games, or fantasy movies, giving people the opportunity to “become” their favorite characters. There are no “rules” really; it can be any character from the real or virtual world, but with a twist. In Japan, there are even events where Cosplay girls and boys show off creative costumes and share ideas and tips. Americans have already adopted this trend and it is especially evident at the annual Comic-Con convention, which this year featured everything from action heroes to video game protagonists.
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The term cosplay is a blend from the words “costume” and “play.” This Tokyo fashion trend is basically a trend where people create very unique costumes and accessories to become specific character from popular Manga, Anima, video games, or fantasy movies, giving people the opportunity to “become” their favorite characters. There are no “rules” really; it can be any character from the real or virtual world, but with a twist. In Japan, there are even events where Cosplay girls and boys show off creative costumes and share ideas and tips. Americans have already adopted this trend and it is especially evident at the annual Comic-Con convention, which this year featured everything from action heroes to video game protagonists.

7. The Minimalist Home

Some Americans may call this design “modern,” but the Japanese have been perfecting minimalist architectural designs for years. While some of their ideas and innovations have yet to hit the American housing market, some have. More modern Japanese homes are using natural light and unique shapes to make homes more eco-friendly and compact. Instead of building out, many homes in Japan are built up, making for the perfect opportunity to create odd-shaped homes that are unique and great at saving energy. Large windows open up the space and also allow for natural lighting, and the unique floor plan makes the home feel much larger than it is with multiple floors and irregular shaped rooms. This trend could be especially useful for homes in big cities where space is limited.
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Some Americans may call this design “modern,” but the Japanese have been perfecting minimalist architectural designs for years. While some of their ideas and innovations have yet to hit the American housing market, some have. More modern Japanese homes are using natural light and unique shapes to make homes more eco-friendly and compact. Instead of building out, many homes in Japan are built up, making for the perfect opportunity to create odd-shaped homes that are unique and great at saving energy. Large windows open up the space and also allow for natural lighting, and the unique floor plan makes the home feel much larger than it is with multiple floors and irregular shaped rooms. This trend could be especially useful for homes in big cities where space is limited.

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