Chindōgu and Creativity

Lately, I’ve been raving on about the creative power of combination. Earlier this week I stumbled upon a fantastic Japanse ‘art’ called Chindōgu. Chindōgu is a process of invention which solves problems, however in doing so, creates a bigger problem than that which you set out to fix. Often, Chindōgu uses the combination of two completely disparate elements – to hilarious and highly creative results.

I really love this Wikipedia description of Chindōgu: “Chindōgu are sometimes described as “unuseless” – that is, they cannot be regarded as “useless” in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called “useful”. 

Chindōgu values creativity above all else, even utility. There’s something fascinating about Chindōgu. You’ve probably seen a lot of it before, without knowing exactly what it was. I’d seen a few, and thought they where legitimate inventions from the wacky land of Japan. Anyway, here are a few of my favourites.

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(The baby cleans the floor as it crawls)

(The baby cleans the floor as it crawls)

 

My absolute favourite. Rock, paper, scissors dice.

My absolute favourite. Rock, paper, scissors dice.