Japanese Kitchen Gadgets: 17 Weird Yet Practical Tools & Appliances

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By Nathan Jude | Updated:  03/19/2021

Want the best? Head straight to the top 6 Japanese kitchen gadgets we’re geeking out over!

Did you know that Japan has the third-largest economy in the world? [source]

With a technology and production focused mentality, it’s no wonder they create some of the most amazing (and sometimes crazy) gadgets.

Japanese kitchen gadgets are no different.

Whether you prefer gadgets that are more on the wacky side or more on the practical side, there is a Japanese kitchen gadget for you on our list!

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The Coolest Japanese Kitchen Gadgets For Your Home In 2021

1. Mitsubishi Electric Toaster (As Seen On Unbox Therapy)

If you want the absolute best toast you’ve ever had, you need to invest in the Mitsubishi Electric Toaster.

“Bread oven” is a better description than “toaster,” since it’s more accurately baking your bread rather than toasting it. Whatever you call it, your slice of bread will come out evenly browned and crispy on both sides while remaining soft and moist in the middle.

Keep in mind that you will need to buy a transformer to use this anywhere outside of Japan.

Is this item really worth the price tag? If you have the money to spare, the guys at Unbox Therapy think it’s worth the “dough”!

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2. The Sushi Bazooka

Do your sushi rolls tend to come out understuffed, overstuffed, or lumpy? Maybe it just takes you a really long time to make rolls using a bamboo mat.

Either way, The Sushi Bazooka will make your sushi rolls look better while also saving you time. Just pack both sides of the bazooka with rice, add your fillers, close the bazooka, and push out a perfectly shaped tube onto your seaweed to roll it up.

Cleanup is a breeze, too, since you can stick the BPA-free plastic pieces in your dishwasher.

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3. KORIN Japanese Can Opener

Tired of replacing your can opener every few years? The KORIN Japanese Can Opener doesn’t have any moving parts and is made of two solid pieces of metal, so it should last just about forever.

This style of can opener is also easier to keep clean than other models because there are no crevices for food to get stuck. Once your cans are open, it’s easy to wipe down the blade or even pop it into your dishwasher.

Baffled about how to use it? There are plenty of YouTube videos explaining how – it’s easier than you might think just based on the picture.

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4. Kirin Frozen Beer Slushy Maker

Do you like root beer floats but prefer regular beer? Do you adore ice-cold beer? Are you looking for a unique way to enjoy your next drink on a hot day?

With the Kirin Frozen Beer Slushy Maker, you can create whipped frozen foam that is the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, which you can use to top off your favorite beer.

You can only use it about twice before needing to refreeze it, so it probably won’t work for a party, but it’ll keep your beer cold an extra long time when you’re just hanging out on your patio in the sun.

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5. Zojirushi Micom Water Boiler

Electric kettles are a vast upgrade from using a regular kettle on the stovetop, but even they have limitations. Do more with the Zojirushi Micom Water Boiler.

With a massive 4 liter capacity, you don’t have to worry about constantly refilling it, even if your whole family enjoys tea or instant noodles all day long.

In addition to its large size, this water boiler has many features that allow you to set it and forget it:

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This is great for having hot water, ready to go for pour over coffee. Love a daily dose of caffeine? Check out our article on the best gadgets for coffee connoisseurs.

6. Zojirushi 10-Cup Rice Cooker

Cook perfect rice, every time, regardless of what type of rice you use, with the Zojirushi 10-Cup Rice Cooker.

This smart rice cooker has 10 different presets to perfectly cook white rice, sushi rice, brown rice, porridge, and more. It automatically adjusts the cooking time and temperature for the best result for each rice type.

The Keep Warm feature keeps your rice warm for up to 12 hours, while the Extended Keep Warm feature keeps it slightly less warm for as long as 18 hours. When you’re ready to eat, Reheat Mode will bring the rice back up to the perfect temperature.

Want fresh rice for breakfast? There’s even a timer, so you can set it to have a fresh batch of rice ready when you wake up.

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7. Presto Bento Electric Ramen Cooker

Not only is the Presto Bento Electric Ramen Cooker the best way to heat up ramen, but it simultaneously steams veggies or soft-boils eggs, too, so you can make an entire filling meal in one appliance.

In addition to perfectly cooking ramen, you can also heat up soup, oatmeal, small batches of instant rice, scrambled eggs, Asian dumplings, and more. The vented cover releases the right amount of steam for perfect cooking.

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8. Yamazen Takoyaki Hot Plate

If you love takoyaki, you’ll need a special grill like the Yamazen Takoyaki Hot Plate to cook it.

Having a party? This hot plate can make 24 balls of takoyaki at once, which is a higher capacity than similar models.

Cleanup is a breeze with the removable plate.

Note that you may need an adaptor to safely use it in the United States. Information about the plug type is mixed.

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9. Dezin Electric Hot Pot

A hot pot that can also be used as a saute pan when you don’t have access to a stove? You get exactly that with the Dezin Electric Hot Pot!

Whether you live in a dorm, spend a lot of time in hotels, or just want the perfect small hot pot, you’ll get it with this gadget.

With temperature control from 150 W to 600 W, you can cook a stew low and slow or easily heat up ramen noodles. An included egg rack even helps you boil eggs.

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10. Zojirushi America Fish Roaster

Reduce the smoke and smell of cooking fish and make the process easier with the Zojirushi America Fish Roaster.

Thanks to the platinum catalytic filter that never needs to be replaced, smoke and odors are reduced by up to 90% with this fish roaster.

Top and bottom heating elements and reflectors ensure your fish (or other meat) is roasted evenly on both sides without needing to flip halfway through.

For ease of cleaning, this roaster comes apart into many different pieces, so you can clean every nook and cranny.

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Love to catch your own fish? Check out our article on the best fishing gadgets for salt & fresh water anglers.

11. DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit

DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit

While mochi has been around for more than a millennium, mochi ice cream is one of the hottest – or coolest – food trends on social media right now.

Why buy prepackaged mochi ice cream when you make it yourself with this DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit?

This kit includes most of what you need to make mochi ice cream, including some ingredients plus a dough cutter, 4 molds that make 8 balls each, and instructions.

Note that you will need to have your own sugar and ice cream. The included ingredients are potato starch, sweet rice flour, matcha green tea powder, and cocoa powder.

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12. Training Chopsticks For Beginners

Whether you’re struggling with arthritis or are just starting to try foods you didn’t grow up with, you‘ll appreciate these Training Chopsticks For Beginners.

Now you can avoid embarrassment, because most training chopsticks are designed for kids and come in bright colors, often with cartoon characters on them.

With this product, the BPA-free chopstick holder is a neutral tan and includes large wooden chopsticks that can be removed for cleaning or replaced with another similar size (0.27” in diameter).

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13. DOSHISHA Electric Authentic Fluffy Shaved Ice Machine

Create your own snow-like shaved ice in style with the DOSHISHA Electric Authentic Fluffy Shaved Ice Machine.

Included are two cups that you fill with water and let freeze overnight. It may not work with regular ice cubes, so this probably won’t work for a party.

You can remove the blades to wash them, although if you’re using plain ice, they might not need regular cleaning.

Note that while the plug will fit into your socket, you should really use a step-down transformer to reduce the voltage from 120V (the American standard) to 100V (the Japanese standard).

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14. Inomata Onigiri Mold

Make onigiri faster and prettier with this Inomata Onigiri Mold.

Using the triangular mold is easy – simply pack in the cooked sushi rice and any other ingredients you want to use, put on the cover and press firmly, then push on the bottom of the mold to remove the formed onigiri.

The BPA-free nonstick plastic is easy to wash.

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15. Japanese Gyoza Press Dumpling Mold

Don’t have the time – or skills – to form handmade dumplings? Check out this Japanese Gyoza Press Dumpling Mold.

Simply place the dumpling dough and filler into the mold and fold it in half for professional-looking dumplings in no time.

It’s perfect for making big batches of dumplings all at once, and it’s easy to clean.

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16. Corkcicle Decapitator Bottle Cap Opener

Whether you struggle with regular bottle cap openers or are just looking for a really nifty gadget, you’re sure to appreciate the Corkcicle Decapitator Bottle Cap Opener.

You just place the device over the bottle and press down. The cap pops off, and a magnet on the end of the gadget finishes removing the cap from your drink.

Made of stainless steel, this should last a lot longer than the plastic knockoffs you can find.

While this isn’t a Japanese brand, this style of bottle cap opener was originally developed by the Japanese and was commonly known as a Sentol Bottle Opener.

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17. Temperature Sensitive Cup Noodle Lid Holder

Trying to find the right object to hold down the lid of your cup noodles while they cook can be frustrating. Now, you can always have the perfect thing ready with the Temperature Sensitive Cup Noodle Lid Holder.

In addition to being the ideal shape to hold the lid down, the man’s arms change color when your food is hot enough to eat, making it even more practical and fun.

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The Top 6 Japanese Kitchen Gadgets We’re Geeking Out Over

Mitsubishi Electric Toaster

Makes the best toast ever. Period!

Buy on Amazon

The Sushi Bazooka

Make perfect sushi rolls faster than ever.

Buy on Amazon

Kirin Frozen Beer Slushy Maker

Who said slushies are only for kids?!

Buy on Amazon

Corkcicle Decapitator Bottle Cap Opener

The coolest bottle cap opener ever!

Buy on Amazon

Training Chopsticks For Beginners

Easy to use training chopsticks that just work.

Buy on Amazon

Zojirushi Micom Water Boiler

Keep up to 4 liters of tea water hot all day long.

Buy on Amazon

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Hey! I'm Nathan Jude, also known as the HPGE (Human Powered Gadget Engine) and I freaking love all things gadgets. I started 6gadgets.com to share my passion and geek out with other like minded 'tech heads'! If I'm not searching the globe for new gizmos, you'll find me on the golf course or spending time with my beautiful family.

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