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Instructions for the Uchiage Hanabi Fireworks Projector

Learn how to use this Japanese product, which is available only on Curiosite.


  Ayumi Nakay, our expert in Japanese culture, has translated the use instructions for Uchiage Hanabi, the fireworks projector from Sega Toys, for all the curious people in the world to see.

This product is imported directly from Japan, and it’s only available in Europe through Curiosite. And, just so you understand the steps you have to follow to get it working, here is the instruction manual in English.

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 on 23 Apr 2010 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Create rubber stamps with Crafty Caps

Fill a bottle with water-soluble paint, screw on a Crafty Caps paintbrush tip, and you'll have a cool rubber stamp to draw with. All thanks to a web site: Quirky.com

Fill a bottle with paint and screw on the paintbrush tip
Fill a bottle with paint and screw on the paintbrush tip
  You have a great idea for an invention. It's something you've always dreamed of but have never been able to find. And you also think it would sell well and that a lot of people would like it and find it useful. The problem is that you don't know how to make it, or how to design it, let alone market it.

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 on 23 Apr 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Robo Vacum, Desktop Robot Vacuum

This desktop robot is actually a miniature vacuum cleaner that whisks away the heaps of filth piled up on your desk. You may not realize it yet, but you want this.

Robot Vacum loves having breakfast with you
Robot Vacum loves having breakfast with you
  A desktop robot that sweeps up crumbs is the type of gadget you never thought needed... But, once you try it, you won't be able to imagine your life without it. Check it out, once you get your hands on it and see what it can do, you'll start wondering how you ever cleaned up after breakfast or how you could possibly have lived with such a grimy keyboard.

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 on 20 Apr 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments ( 1 ) Send this to a friend

My Clicker: novelty bottle opener

This new invention combines two gadgets that are vital for 21st Century bachelors: a universal remote control and a bottle opener. It's sure to be hit.

The perfect gift for your bachelor friend
The perfect gift for your bachelor friend
  The key to many a successful gift lies in its multiple uses. Who doesn't appreciate getting a gift that solves two problems at once? A travel pillow with built-in speakers, a keychain that's also a picture frame, a calculator / watch, a headphone beanie...

There's an endless array of gifts that make life a little less complicated by combining several gadgets into one.

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 on 16 Apr 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

ChocoBanacho: A kit you use to make chocolate-covered banana, a favorite Japanese dessert

Did you ever think to combine chocolate and banana? It’s delicious!


  'Choco-banana' is a popular dessert in Japan. It's chocolate-covered banana decorated with chocolate sprinkles. At parties and other celebrations in Japan, there's usually some sort of food stand and, quite often, they'll serve choco-banana.

This dessert is delicious, but it's a little complicated to prepare at home since you have to melt the chocolate, dip the banana in it, etc. Takara Tomy has launched a kit to make it easier to make choco-banana at home.

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 on 16 Apr 2010 by Curiosite.com in Comments Send this to a friend

Goodbyn, a really cool lunch box

Goodbyn is a lunch box that comes with stickers and labels so you can customize it. It looks like a character out of a comic book! It's an original gift for both kids and adults.

Each lunch box has 6 compartments in different sizes
Each lunch box has 6 compartments in different sizes
  Just a few years ago, when most moms still made lunch for their kids to take to school, children used to carry their lunches in these heavy, totally impractical metal boxes... until, one fine day, Mr. Earl Tupper invented an hermetic bowl made out of polyethylene that would forever change the way lunches are packed. What we're talking about is, of course,Tupperware.

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 on 14 Apr 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments ( 3 ) Send this to a friend

Best Gifts for Mother’s Day 2010

She gives you a Tupperware full of food each time you visit. You're over 30, but you're still her baby. And, of course, she's always right. You know your mother deserves the best. Choose one of our gifts for Mother's Day 2010

Best Gifts for Mother’s Day 2010
Best Gifts for Mother’s Day 2010
  1. Heart Mouse Pad and Optical Mouse Set
Even if she's never gone near a computer in her life, she may even sign up for classes once she sees this dainty little track pad. And if she actually emails her friends and even has a Facebook account, then it's definitely the perfect gift for her.

2. 'Hanappa' Robot Flowers
A sensitive little plant that listens to you and answers your questions.

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 on 08 Apr 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Retro-Geek USB Calculator

This calculator is designed to look like the old-fashioned computer keyboards. But, don't let the retro look fool you, the calculator is USB-powered.

Red, white or black, which do you prefer?
Red, white or black, which do you prefer?
  It's called Ten Key and it's a calculator with big, bulging, square keys that look like someone extracted them from an old computer keyboard. It's especially designed for people who love all-things retro. It works like a battery-powered calculator and also like a USB gadget you can connect to your computer. You'll finally be able to quickly type numbers in on your laptop!

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 on 07 Apr 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

STÉNOFLEX, a pinhole camera made of cardboard

This cardboard box is both a pinhole camera and dark room. It comes with all the tools you'll need in order to learn about the photographic process from start to finish.

This cardboard box is a pinhole camera and a dark room
This cardboard box is a pinhole camera and a dark room
  Remember when photos had to be developed? That was just a few years back, but, somehow, it seems like it was decades ago. Digital cameras have made life a lot easier for us and nowadays anyone can take a decent photograph. However, there was a time when you had to have considerable technical knowledge in order to obtain a perfect photo.

The Sténoflex is a cardboard box that's basically a simplified version of the photographic process, from the first stage to the very last (capturing the photo, storing it and developing it).

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 on 01 Apr 2010 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Photo Zakka: The Japanese Art of Turning Photographs into Gift Objects

Photo Zakka is a new hobby in Japanese culture that consists of turning photos into objects.

Photo Zakka by Ayumi Nakai
Photo Zakka by Ayumi Nakai
  You really enjoy taking photos and you have a huge collection, but it’s all on your hard-drive and you never so much as look at it... Photo Zakka is a new hobby in Japanese culture that consists of turning photos into objects. That way your best photos will have an added value: they’ll become souvenirs. Plus, it’s just as wonderful to give someone a Photo Zakka you’ve made yourself, as it is to receive one.

Zakka is a Japanese word that may be translated as 'Japanese Craft'.

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 on 31 Mar 2010 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend
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