06. 15. 2005
Docomo cell phone charms
Cell phones keep getting smaller and smaller, but did you know that in Japan the mobile phones are already fingertip-sized? When your finger buzzes, you just put the entire thing in your ear to listen and talk into a speaker which looks like a beautiful and stylish lip ring.
Okay, I'm kidding, these are actually just cell phone charms from Docomo that look like, uh, cell phones. They obviously don't work, but they are very meticulously designed mini replicas, available in many popular phone models.
You can't choose which charm you get, the boxes are not marked, but if you're lucky you can get the model of the phone you carry.
Sliders slide, and flip phones actually flip up so you can pretend you're answering calls with the mini one when the real one rings.
I'm not sure if this miniature collecting is just an adolescent thing in Japan, but it's so reminiscent of the allure of toy machines when I was little that I actually have a miniature food collection, kept in the mini-fridge I picked up at Kid Robot.
It accurately reflects my real-life minimum food requirements of cheesecake, vodka, and martinis. And gigantic Pringles.
Cell phone charms are available online from the very cool Japanese shop Strapya.