Japan are quite often the first to introduce the rather more eccentric trends, like vending machines that are deeply, deeply perverted, or teddy bears that look at you like they want to eat your soul.
Their latest innovation is rather more quirky than even either of those though, and as ridiculous as it may look and sound, it’s hard to say that we’re surprised. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Japanese cube dog (full gallery at the bottom).
We can’t stop laughing:
To be fair, the cube dogs almost seem like a natural next step for the country, given that they’ve already made waves around the world with these square watermelons, which in themselves are pretty damn mindblowing.
…And since the first thing we think of when we hear the word ‘Japan’ is endless powder and insane shredding, it seems fitting as well. See the link? It’s there if you stare hard enough.
All in all though, it’s tough to ever be surprised by a country which literally has vending machines claiming to sell used women’s underwear (WHY IS THIS A THING):
…Which also uses vending machines as possibly the worst anti-rape device ever invented. Amongst other problems with this idea, yes, we can see your feet:
…And which has public transport helmets installed and “chin-sticks” on the metro for when you need a bit of a kip.
Still, there are far more captivating things out there in Japan which also get a hold of our short attention span. Like this rather strange take on snowboarding for example…
…Or this slightly more standard – we say standard, it’s absolutely stunning – footage from Jake Blauvelt, Eric Jackson, Kazu Kokubo, Helen Schettini, Keegan Valaika, Forest Bailey, and Louif Paradis…
Or, y’know… This Salomon entry for all you skiers out there:
F*ck square-headed dogs. Get your board and your skis loaded up. We’re going to Japan. But if you do absolutely need to see some more…