Nuke Your Own Potato Chips!

If you’re anything like me, you weren’t aware of a burning desire on the part of the Japanese populace to buy a device that makes potato chips in a microwave. Fortunately, the Tokyu Hands store exists to show us just how clueless we are. This charming plastic rack allows you to make 40 potato (or squash!) chips at a time, and in case you still have a craving for additional salt and carbs, you can whip up a bowl of popcorn in it too.

If you’d like to visit a Tokyu Hands store the next time you’re in Tokyo, maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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