Pictured below is Let’s Corp. president Masumi Gotoh. But don’t be fooled for one minute into thinking that Gotoh-san is a keen botanist, as what he’s actually demonstrating is his company’s Ka-on. A device that turns the petals and leaves of flowers into audio speakers.
The name means flower sound, and the contraption consists of a donut-shaped magnet and coil that sits at the base of a vase and can be connected to a CD player, stereo, or TV. Then all you need to do is place some flowers in the vase, and the magnet and coil relay the sound vibrations up the stems and through the plant’s water tubes.
Ka-on vases and amplifiers come in various sizes and prices, the most expensive set retailing at 35,000 yen (175 pounds). Which it has to be said is a lot of money to have the sound of your favourite albums destroyed by playing them through a flower.
…I’m sorry that I don’t comment more often…however your blog leaves me speechless more often than not with its wonderfulness (although there are moments I worry that I am falling into some *laughing at foreigners* trap)…
…please keep blogging – I’m loving it (shit, turned into a macdonalds’ advert for a second)…
yah. Sure. LOL
With some of my posts I do worry that I may be treading a dangerous line, and just taking cheap shots at another culture.
But really I’m only covering stuff that I find interesting, amusing, or whatever. It’s something I’d do wherever I was living (I think), but now it just so happens to be Japan.
That’s my defence anyway, and I’m sticking to it!
It’s good to know you like what I’m trying to do. And as far as comments go, don’t worry. With Typepad these days it seems to take forever to leave a message. I know they have to try and stop spam, but…
Despite not being sure how long I’d last when I started this blog, I’ve found that “I’m lovin’ it” too, so I should be around for a while yet.
Spirit Fingers says
I think this blog is incredibly interesting too. Anyway, why must there always be baby’s breath in every floral arrangement.