A Japanese charm redesigned to keep you healthy by syncing with the earth!

Omamori (お守り) are traditional good luck charms in Japanese culture that protect the wearer of the charm. The Japanese word “mamori” (守り) means protection, while prefix “o” gives the word an external movent connotation, transforming it to “your protection” and there are Omamoris for every area of life: love, health, luck, trips, success, protection. The concept of Kenkō is a futuristic take on the traditional Omamori, it does not cure illnesses or ward off evil spirits but it helps you stay healthy by being in sync with the earth’s electromagnetic frequencies. It is ergonomic, travel-friendly and minimal while still being a powerful force.

The earth is constantly emitting 7,83 Hz (also known as the earth’s breath, who knew that?!) along its surface which is believed to allow living beings to regulate their physiological functions. Scientific studies show that the earth’s natural magnetic fields have a positive influence on our brains. With the rapid development of electronic communication technologies, our bodies are getting confused between the natural and artificial frequencies which are dwindling our inherent ability to be in sync with nature. This concept device is aimed at increasing focus, coordinated neural activities, improve sleep and circadian rhythms, stabilize blood pressure and stimulate osteoblasts. Kenkō will be created to produce a 7,83Hz signal, reproducing the natural frequency using technology which will help human bodies re-establish their intrinsic relationship with being healthy naturally. It will have an LED light strip that glows when you switch on the device. Electrosmog caused by Wi-Fi and smartphone frequencies can no longer disturb the sync between the natural rhythm and your brain with Kenkō’s 1.5m protection radius around you. It is also designed to be pocket-sized so you can carry it everywhere like the traditional Omamori is meant to be but with a sleek touch of tech!

Designer: Daniele Peruzzo

Make authentic Japanese matcha like the ancient masters with just one button!

Gone are the days when you just picked between tea and coffee; now it is about matcha, kombucha, spirulina, and activated charcoal drinks! Yes, everything in my previous sentence is real – it is enough to fluster anyone going to a cafe and trying to order healthy. My mother rightfully said “Why to pay for it outside when you can make it at home?” which brings me to another CES 2020 innovation award honoree – the matcha tea maker for home.

This matcha maker is compact and sleek, making it perfect for homes, offices, any space with an outlet because it is portable. This matcha maker stays true to its Japanese roots and lets you enjoy an authentic cup every time by using freshly ground leaves from its ceramic mill for individual uses, just like the masters do. The movements of the traditional bamboo whisk are replicated by the magnetic whisker that mixes cold water with the tea for a frothy matcha-presso!

Matcha tea has been challenging coffee by providing lasting energy without jitters or caffeine crashes making it the hero for non-coffee drinkers. The all-in-one tea maker also comes with an aluminum canister to keep your leaves fresh and supports sustainable tea farming with eco-friendly packaging, they really mean green business in every sense. My personal tip on enjoying matcha is with steamed almond milk (oat milk if you have a nut allergy) for chilly days or with lemon sparkling water for summer – you will love it as matcha I do!

Designer: Cuzan Matcha

‘World of Horror’ brings MS Paint terror to Steam on February 20th

World of Horror, the "unsettling cosmic horror retro RPG" created by a dentist using MS Paint arrives on Steam Early Access February 20th. A full launch date for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Steam for PC and Mac OS X will be announced in late 2...

Add a touch of Japanese innovation to your life with these product designs!

The land of sushi, sake, and ramen has slowly and steadily created an impact on our daily lives. With minimalism becoming a huge hit, we have always been inspired and enchanted by what makes the Japanese style of design and architecture so unique, in a way that it can be easily identified, yet carry all the functionalities we ever needed and then some! The Japanese design style has evolved and the products curated here today aim to bring a small slice of that wonderful culture into your everyday life with these innovative designs.

Japanese studio Nendo presents a collection of black wire furniture with Phillips de Pury & Company  

Japanese minimalism gets a geometric spin with German-influenced Bauhaus design in this timeless unisex shoes by THEY New York. Japanese Sneakers 

Gerardo Osio created a series of transportable objects that were inspired by Japanese culture and traditional crafts designed to be taken from place to place, as a way of always having something familiar with you

Arc coffee table designed by Ditte Vad and Julie Begtrup for Woud Design 

The SAND clock’s hand creates ripples in the sand as it moves along in the first 12 hours of the day, and then erases them over the next 12 hours, by Studio Ayaskan 

Kuroi Hana is the fusion of London design with premium Japanese AUS-10 steel with a dark floral pattern that is unique to each blade by Edge of Belgravia

The Babu Chair comes inspired by the traditional floor-sitting arrangement by TORU

Miniature Cat Furniture produced by Okawa city hopes to promote the area in Fukuoka, a hub for professional craftsmen specializing in traditional crafts such as woodworking, hardware, glass, and cutlery 

The Omotenasino Otomo are disposable paper plates employ an Origami-esque pattern, and their innovation lies in the treatment of the paper, which makes it washable and reusable by Otomoshikki 

The Magemono tumbler comes made with a Hasamiyaki porcelain inner vessel, and a Magemono Japanese cedar wood sleeve around the outside, in signature fashion by Tomoya Nasuda 

The Wabi lounge by Guilherme Torres

The Sushi Shopper by Ben Liu of The Daydreamer Studio 

A bike that demonstrates how Japanese culture can influence automotive design

Artem and Vladimir believe Japan’s design ethos lies heavily on their culture and history, pulling inspiration from minimalism, origami, and traditions like the samurai spirit, but a heavy European influence has resulted in Japan’s large automobile industry following cues that aren’t originally Japanese. Setting out to design a motorbike that is indicative of Japan’s culture, spirit, and aesthetic, Artem and Vladimir designed the Motorbike for Great Japan.

The motorbike’s design makes use of planar surfaces, reminiscent of samurai uniforms, and a body with an origami-inspired form. It even goes the distance to integrate a Samurai-sword-style woven handle for the handlebar grips! The bike comes with a styled carbon-fiber body, which not only makes the bike lighter and faster, but allows it to achieve its origami-style design rather seamlessly. The bike even sports dual-suspension on the front and the back, along with an adjustable seat for comfort, and what looks like a push-to-accelerate footrest. That’s innovative, even by Japanese standards!

Designers: Artem Smirnov & Vladimir Panchenko

This Contraption Makes Cold Brew Coffee, Not Frankenstein’s Monster

A quick glance at this unique device over at Hammacher Schlemmer, and you most certainly wouldn’t think this is a coffee maker. It looks more like something you would use to infuse embalming fluid into Frankenstein’s monster. But it is, in fact a Japanese slow-drip coffee maker. It’s made of fancy wood and brass with a glass sphere and cylinders to hold your brew.

You put 100 ounces of ice water in the glass sphere up top and the spigots over the glass cylinders allow you to adjust the strength of the brew by controlling how slowly the water drips out. Coffee grounds are placed in the top of each cylinder with a filter as the cold water passes through Chinese water torture style.

The drip speed can be controlled from eight to 16-hours, which is a long time to wait for coffee if you need it in the morning. Word is that the cold brew concoction can be stored in the fridge for up to a week to maintain the rich and bitterness-free flavor cold brew coffee is known for. This thing stands 41″ (h) x 11 3/4″ (w) x 11 3/4″ (d), and weighs in at 20.5 pounds, and will set you back the princely sum of $1,950.