JD wrote in with a fun request for an academic…
There’s one thing I really wanted to bring home from Japan but didn’t: the Homestar Aqua Planetarium.
You see, in Japan, there’s a whole category of gadgets designed around relaxation. From glowing humidifiers to floating fountains for the tub – it’s serious business. I fell in love with the idea of this little planetarium for the bath but didn’t want to carry it around in my luggage when I found it at the very start of the trip. Luckily, you can find them online here for just a little bit more. It’s at the top of my Christmas wish list!
The video for the planetarium is perfectly Japanese, especially with the ubiquitous soothing samba playing in the background.