Friday, January 25, 2008

Chinese ice bar and Japanese mint insoles

At an ice bar in Harbin, China, everything is made out of ice—right down to the chairs, glasses, and tables.







An entrepreneur in Japan hopes that a new type of odor-eating insole laced with natural mint will boost patronage at traditional Japanese restaurants, where diners often take off their shoes before stepping into a tatami room. Research showed that more and more people were avoiding such restaurants because of a reluctance to unshoe their less-than-pleasant-smelling feet.





—Mellow Monk


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