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Giant engraved sword is also a Japanese nameplate (plus most awesome home fixture ever)

If your home truly is your castle, you’ll want this at the entrance to your realm.

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Japan finally bottles “the scent of a cat’s forehead”—now available to spray on your belongings!

After four months of development, Japanese online retailer Felissimo has finally captured the scent of a cat’s forehead in a bottle. 

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Why squash bugs when you can trap them in this cool vacuum gun?

Humidity-loving bugs are just as much a part of a Japanese summer as fireworks festivals and barley tea. Dealing with the creepy crawly intruders in your home isn’t always easy, though, especially if you’ve got an aversion to touching them. Sure, you can use bug spray instead of doing the dirty work of squashing them yourself, but you’ll still have to use your hands to pick up the carcass and dispose of it after the poison takes effect.

Luckily, though, your options aren’t entirely limited to sharing your living space with bugs or touching them, in the form of this bug-sucking vacuum gun.

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Deodorizing toilet paper hits the Japanese hat trick of cute animals, cleanliness, and puns

Isn’t it infuriating when you run into one of those completely pompous people who strut around like their poo doesn’t stink? Seriously, there’s just no excuse for that sort of behavior, because everyone’s poo stinks. Even in Japan, all that delicious food doesn’t make anyone’s toilet deposits smell any better.

Thankfully, that doesn’t mean your bathroom has to smell bad, too, especially with these two new types of deodorizing toilet paper, which come in adorable packages decorated like cats and dogs.

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Photos of retired Japanese guide dogs evoke emotional response from Chinese viewers

In many countries, guide dogs, also known as seeing-eye dogs, lead blind or visually impaired people safely around their surroundings. They are intensely trained from a young age to serve as their partner’s functional ‘eyes’ and to ensure that both of them stay safe while going about daily life.

In return for their endless devotion and sacrifice, guide dogs getting on in their years are often allowed to “retire” and live out their final years comfortably in pampered peace. There are even special homes for these post-retirement dogs in certain countries. When one Chinese citizen posted photos of such an establishment in Japan on social media site Weibo, the online response was swift and emotional, showing that animals truly have the power to transcend national and cultural borders. Keep reading to see what some of their reactions were.

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Man buys and remodels trashed home, astounds us with before and after pictures

There was a point in time when you could turn on the TV at any time of day and find at least three home remodeling shows playing. I personally had no idea why they were so freaking popular…but I think I’m finally starting to get it after seeing these photos.

One ambitious Japanese man, named Makoto, bought an old, junked-out house with rotten floorboards, clogged pipes, and filled with trash for 1,950,000 yen–about US$19,500–and over the course of six months turned into one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Japanese Internet users were amazed by the transformation–and you will be too!

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This Rilakkuma-themed sofa is soft on your bottom, hard on your wallet

Rilakkuma, whose name is a combination of the words “relax” and “kuma” (meaning bear in Japanese), is one of Japan’s more deserving popular characters. Created back in 2003, the lazy little bear with a zip on his back became an instant hit with a series of picture books and cuddly toys, and continues to be adored almost 10 years on–a feat that few cute-for-the-sake-of-it mascots besides Hello Kitty could ever boast.

Now, a furniture maker in Japan is offering Rilakkuma fans the chance to purchase an original order-made sofa based on their favourite po-faced bear. But with a price tag of almost US$2,000, their bank balances will have to be just as healthy as their love of all things cute and cuddly to afford it.

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Control Your House and Destiny with Future Home Controller!

Turning on lights, air conditioners, and other things only using your voice has long been a thing of movies and dreams. Now a Japanese company has made that possible, and only for a few hundred dollars! (Youtube video of the action included!)
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