Japanese Company Nyara Geta has released a new line of cat-inspired sandals that are purrfect for the summer weather. Paws what you’re doing because your toes have never and will never look cuter than when they’re in these. Warning: excessive cat puns ahead.
Check out this adorable footwear and dive into the weird world of the cutest novelty items that Japanese companies are currently offering. Do you need these products? Absolutely not. But are you going to get them because they’re adorable? Of course.
These Kitties Make Your Feet Pretty
Nyara Geta took the traditional Japanese Geta sandal and revamped it with a modern and adorable twist. Normally Geta have wooden bases – but this time it’s a cute kitty you’re stepping on. Don’t think too hard about the moral implications of that.
Instead of wood, the shoes are made of an EVA base. EVA is the plastic vinyl material that is often found on the bottoms of flip flops. Looks like this cat really can learn new tricks. Was it a cat?
This Cat Thinks You’re Stealing His Look
This cat is glaring up at the Nyara Geta purchaser with a look of pure confusion. He’s asking his owner why they dared to steal his look without consulting them first. Now they can’t be seen out in public together.
These sandals cost 3,7850 yen online – that adds up to about $35 USD. So if you’re looking for a cheap throwaway pair of flops to bring to camp or the beach, these aren’t it. This expensive novelty item should be treated with the utmost respect and care. Fur-real.
Purrfect For Cats And Kittens
Not only is the design of the shoes clever, but their company name ‘Nyara Geta’ is too. ‘Nyara’ is a combination of the Japanese word ‘nya’ meaning meow and ‘Nara’ the city the shoes are manufactured in. How hiss-terical.
Currently, the shoes are only being sold in Japan. But who knows, they may make the trip across the Pacific if they become the cat’s meow over here. Please, please make that happen. These are so cute and there are so many cat puns to be used.
Japan Also Makes These Cute ‘Tea’ Creatures
There’s truly so much cool stuff coming out of Japan that we all have to have now. Seriously, right now. These gorgeous teabags are made by Japanese company Ocean Teabag. They make ‘tea’ creatures that float like the sea friends they’re named after in your brew.
Currently, the small company of 10 people has expanded its tea catalog to include creatures from both land and sea. They offer mammals like tanuki and pandas to more obscure mollusks and anthropods you may have never heard of. Get caffeinated and get educated.
It All Started With A Dolphin Tea-Bag
3 years ago when Ocean Teabag first started crafting and selling its adorable creations they began with a simple dolphin teabag. Since then they’ve expanded, and they’ve begun selling their teabags for 1,820 yen. 1,820 is around $16 USD per package.
Wouldn’t it be such a nice treat to look down expecting to see a boring old square teabag floating around and see a fox reaching out its arms trying to hug you? Just make sure you don’t try and hug him. He’s in hot water.
This Toilet Brush Is The Cat’s Meow
Seems like the Japanese designers that came up with this one weren’t thinking about the why’s of their design. They were only concerned with one question – why not put Fluffy on a toilet bowl cleaner?
This product is adorable but also a good motivator for kids who hate cleaning. If you were to give your children this when they were growing up I’m sure they’d love to clean the toilet. Though, you’d run into the problem of them playing with it all over the house and sword-fighting with it in the living room. Oh God, stop.
This Eevee Tamagotchi Is The Collab We’ve All Been Waiting For
Whether you watched Pokémon or played with your Tamagotchi or not, you have to agree this collaboration truly packs some adorable power. Imagine being able to finally be able to take care of a magical creature you’ve seen so many times on TV? With power comes great responsibility.
This collaboration was probably introduced to make Tamagotchi more appealing to the next generation. Hopefully, they stopped your Tamagotchi from dying if you don’t feed it for 20 minutes. Your favorite Pokémon character dying would be too sad.
This Baby Newspaper Candy Helps Even Babies Stay Current
Your child copies everything you do – so why not give them a newspaper while you read yours so they can stay up-to-date on current issues as well? Maybe they won’t absorb everything this candy has written on it, but at least it’ll give them something to talk about around the milk-cooler at work.
This candy is also great if you want to be informed about the latest gossip in the baby world. Creamed carrots are more popular this year than pureed spinach? Interesting, very interesting.
I Can’t Believe It’s A Butter Grater!
I can’t believe how badly I want this product. This thing just Land-ed o Lakes itself straight into my heart. This is Japanese ingenuity at its finest. Just imagine how satisfying it would be to twist this thing and turn butter into play-doh.
The only thing that would be a major drawback is the clean time on this. You would have to dig right in there and hand scrub it, you can forget about the dishwasher. Hopefully, the twist works off some of the trans-fat.
This Cardboard Desk Robot Just Made Your Cubicle Cool
Sometimes you run into a wall when decorating an office or workspace. You don’t want any decoration that’s going to be upsetting to others or distracting, but you also want something that will take your mind off all the beige and grey surrounding you.
This loveable little cardboard man can stand, sit, perch, and lay down. He can’t, however, do your work for you. He can only be the passive receiver of your fond stares as you procrastinate. He’s great as long as you can eventually get back to work.
These Ersatz Edible Erasers
Are they erasers or are they food? Are they miniature or have you grown Alice-In-Wonderland large? These are the philosophical questions that haunt any purchaser of these Japanese novelty erasers. Don’t worry, the only existential concern you should have is if they’re cute or not.
These are great if you never want to make a mistake again. Just like every novelty eraser, the best part of good-looking mistake correctors is that they’re so neat and you’ve spent so much money on them that you feel bad using them. Perfect encouragement for never making a spelling mistake again.
These Cupmen Are A Major Mood
These Cupmen made by Japanese company hconcept are the funniest and most relatable guys you’ll ever put on top of ramen noodles. They’re lazy, don’t want to get up until the ramen is ready to eat, and are sensitive to heat – they’re basically us.
These guys change color when the cup of noodles gets up to temperature and let you know that the noodles are done. This design offers a great quiet alternative to the annoying sound of a 4-minute alarm that goes off when the noodles are ready. Ahhh, carbohydrates.
Hello Kitty Jenga Makes Your Competitiveness Kinda Cute
With this pink, sparkly, and Hello Kitty-themed Jenga you can crush your opponents while seeming fun and carefree. Carefree Jenga? That’s an oxymoron. Jenga is only for the strong-willed and those with the passion for winning in their eyes.
This product would be perfect for kids who are new to the game and by making it seem like Jenga is this light-hearted cat-themed game. Draw them in, train them mercilessly, and see them grow into Jenga warriors. Godspeed pink anthropomorphic cat.
Rob A Bank And Moisturize Your Skin With These
These Japanese animal face masks are super cute, healthy skin inducing, and excellent for a quick disguise. If you can do the deed in under 15 minutes that’s perfect – that’s how long the recommended wear time is for these.
This company offers these in a multitude of animal styles from bears, tigers, and pandas to Iron Man and Captain America. All of your favorite animals from the Marvel universe are featured in these packs – just don’t ask the tiger if he’s coming back for another movie. It’s a sensitive subject.
Chopstick Trainers For Kids That You Might Need
We can all need a refresher when it comes to chopstick usage, especially if you didn’t grow up using them. This cute chopstick trainer may just be for kids, but aren’t we all just big kids at heart anyway? That smiling pig doesn’t judge you.
This is the gentle motivator that we all need to stay on top of our chopstick game. Like Thomas Edison said, ‘the origin of genius is 1 % inspiration and 99 % perspiration.’ He was definitely quoted as saying that when he visited Japan and was struggling with his chopsticks at a sushi restaurant.
Tree Tea Holders Not Tea Tree Holders
These cute and earthy tee holders bring the essence of nature into your kitchen and into your brew. Minus the twigs, animal excrement, and missing shoes of course. But otherwise, all the goodness of nature is right in your home.
With these, you can also show off how great your spices and teas look on your countertop. Your guests can come over and admire your stylish array of herbage. That is of course if your herbs are of the variety that you want to display on your kitchen counter.
Kitty Teapot And Matching Milk With Cattitude
These purr-fect creations from Japanese dollar-store Daiso are really the best matching set that you could ever own in your house. What better way to serve your guests tea than in a couple smug looking cats? You just know it’s going to be a paw-some brew.
In this photo, it looks like there are only a few of the teapots left, but a multitude of the milk holders. Better act now and get your own before they completely run out. Or you can take your chances and wait for the cat to come back the very next day.
Bread Stationery Will Get A Rise Out Of You
Only the greatest kids show up with bakery-themed stationery on their first day of school. It takes a kid passionate about their love for yeasted dough to tote these items around, and that’s an amazing thing.
These would be great for an office that handles a baked goods store’s numbers. There’s no better way to stay on brand and keep work at the forefront of your mind than to create thematic stationery based on your office. Sanitation plant workers probably wouldn’t want their office-themed stationery though.
Potted Plants Never Looked So Friendly
This is a surefire way to prevent your plants from dying. If you have a non-existent green thumb and it takes way too much brainpower to remember to water your plants every day, then an obnoxious plant potter will help you take care of your plant children.
It’s also a fun game to try and match the plant’s personality to the personality of the potter. That strawberry is holding the aloe because they’re both fickle, well-loved, and they flit in and out of your life. The pig holds a cactus because pigs are prickly and temperamental to everyone. Just saying.
Long Post-Its That Are Bear-y Cute
Bear with yourself when you use these because these long-bodied Post-It bears may seem cumbersome at first, but are actually a good way to add a little whimsy to your organizational tactics.
Make folder-finding and paper stacking fun by adding these adorable buddies to your routine. Maybe every time you find an important IRS document you can add one of these guys to the corner. They fit perfectly on tax forms because while they seem innocuous right now, they actually symbolize a looming threat. Better add two for visibility.