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In the West, we have eBay. But here in Japan, it’s all about Yahoo! Auctions. By far the most popular auction site in the the country, it’s the one-stop shop for picking up a great deal on anything and everything under the sun. We took a look at some of the items up for bids and came away dizzy from the weird and wonderful possibilities in store. We bring you 40 of the stand-out auction items for you to enjoy.

▼ A stop-switch for the total solar eclipse – a switch to control the movements of the universe! It’s authentic if it comes with a handwritten note, right?

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 An unwashed ball of cat fur – interestingly enough, not the strangest item on the list.

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▼ Bronze statue of a founding President – look like anyone you know? If so, you’ve just found the perfect gift.

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Marble Chocolate Telephone – who needs a hamburger phone when you can use a Japanese chocolate phone?

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Louis Vuitton soccer ball – specially designed for the 1998 World Cup in France.

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A traditional Japanese Kokeshi Doll – with a creepy facelift

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A cardboard cockpit – why put all those construction hours to waste when you can recycle your cardboard creation at auction?

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 A kewpie water pistol – once upon a time, kewpies were cute baby logos for a mayonnaise company. Now they’re terrifying us in all shapes and forms.

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A check car – the Suzuki Alto Lapin, with its bunny logo, is popular with the ladies of Japan. This unique design will have your friends dropping their handbags in excitement!

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Ball Cart VC75 – it might look like a shopping cart but its actually used to carry balls. Baseball pitching practice balls.

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Jinsei - literally meaning a life, what’s on offer here is the chance to listen to someone’s life story. Despite the fact that people usually pay not to listen to such things…

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 Dajare – literally meaning pun, these jokes that play on words are a big part of Japanese humour. This auction is for 100 cold-related puns. Hot-related puns sold separately.

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Tegami for you – continuing with the appeals to the lonely, this auctioneer promises to write you a tegami, a handwritten, personal letter.

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“My four-frame comic that I put my sweat and tears into” – the seller admits his work isn’t good but says that’s part of the charm.

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“My carefully hand-drawn picture” – The mysterious closing bid of 1.3 billion yen suggests that maybe the owner eventually got too attached to his Mickey Mouse.

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A dead monster – beauty is in the eye of the bidder.

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Hot spring footbath – this one’s designed for business use but that doesn’t mean you can’t set it up in your backyard. Soaking your cold toes in winter is always a treat!

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Set of 100 Chocoball Gold Angel tabs – half the fun of buying Chocoballs is in looking at the box tab to see if there’s a gold angel printed inside. Find one and you can exchange it for a prize from the Morinaga Company. That’s right, 100 tabs means 100 prizes.

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A drawing by an elephant – own an original piece from a unique breed of artists.

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▼ A bushman’s cosplay outfit – when you want to cosplay in the woods and camouflage yourself from prying eyes at the same time.

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Thank you stickers – show your thanks and your inherent laziness with this enormous supply of stickers.

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A bird’s nest – if you were after a CD-sized nest then this is your lucky day.

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A tobacco shop stand – perfect for the adult who wants to play shop at home. Hopefully not with the kids.

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Gundam – this auction for charity offered the chance to sit on the shoulder of a full-size Gundam and have a photo taken. The winning bid was 2.6 million yen.

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 A Steve McQueen figure – surprisingly this is the least nightmare-inducing figure in the dolls-to-kill-you-in-your-sleep-collection.

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Makoto-chan doll – here’s a totally unscary doll to invite into your home. Who needs a Tickle Me Elmo when you can purchase something like this?

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▼ A Sumo Hades overlord – another guy you don’t want watching over you while you sleep.

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Three traditional Japanese dolls – who said bad things happen in threes? An armless decapitated doll awaits the answer.

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▼ A Portable Toilet – why renovate your house when you can just plant one of these in your backyard?

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▼ Limited Edition Yoshino rice bowls – beef bowl fast food chain restaurant, Yoshinoya, helped celebrate Yahoo!’s 10-year anniversary with these special rice bowls, not available at retail.

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10,000 yen note golf balls – combine your love of money and golf with a set of balls you’ll never want to lose.

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Ultraman hanger – finally you can see what Ultraman looks like dressed in your favourite business suit!

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Lottery stand – selling for a 10,000 yen (US$100.00) minimum this is a bargain. Lottery tickets not included.

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Original US armed forces D 1-A cold weather face mask – used by the U.S. army, this mask can withstand -30 degree Celsius temperatures. And puzzled looks from neighbours.

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Kamen rider cyclone bike – own the bike used by the masked rider from the manga and TV series.

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▼ A handmade Lamborghini – cutting up your car to feel the wind in your hair probably seemed like a good idea at the time. No word as to whether or not the pink crucifix will be included in delivery.

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Nintendo DS with hand-carved lid – what price can you put on hours of painstaking work like this?

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Democratic Party Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa ‘s wedding memento – obviously one guest at the wedding didn’t care too much for spoons.

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 Illustrations of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac – drawn by six girls of different ages, with particularly interesting takes on the snake and dog designs.

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▼ Personal Computer – The seller decked out an ordinary PC and called it the Ferrari of all computers. Runs as fast and looks as cool as the sportscar.

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Love them or hate them, one thing’s for sure: a journey through Yahoo auctions is never boring!

Sources: Naver Matome