While pets are an unlikely companion on the open seas the problem of their fur getting wet is still something plenty of dog owners have to deal with on a regular basis.
With the doggy bag you can easily dry your wet companion within seconds, simply lay the bag out flat and get them to sit on it then zip it up so that that everything other than their neck is covered, finally dry as if you were using a towel but with the added benefit of not getting your hands wet.
The bag is made of a special material that absorbs anything your dog throws at it from muddy water all the way to sand and all you have to do is tumble dry it every few months as if it were wool then shake it outside and watch all the dirt fall off leaving it good as new.
After you’ve spent a small (or perhaps large) fortune on a boat as well as the constant maintenance work that comes with it you want to relax on the open seas and what better way to do that with a bean bag? No seriously.
The creatively named Outdoor Bean Bag is exactly what it sounds with just two exceptions the first being that it’s highly water resistant. Of course no matter how well your stitching skills are no textile product can ever be 100% waterproof but the Outdoor Bean Bag comes pretty close, not only does it use a premium water resistant fabric but the beans themselves are contained within a polyurethane bag so that even if you throw it overboard and don’t fish it out for a few hours all you need to do is leave it out in the sun and it will be as good as new.
The second and arguably more innovative feature has to do with the design of the beans themselves, when force is applied to the surface the beans spread out and maintain their shape as well as a solid structure, this means that whether you use it as a chair, sofa or even an oversized pillow it will always adapt to suit your level of comfort. Unlike memory foam, once a person gets off of the Outdoor Bean Bag it reverts back to its regular shape allowing you and multiple other people to each have a customised seating experience.
The America’s cup is the pinnacle event for sailing where teams around the world come together to push the boundaries of design and technology to win the oldest sports trophy in history. Despite the cup’s origins in the Isle of Wight the UK team has yet to win it although all that is set to change with the recent partnership between Land Rover and Ben Ainslie Racing.
With the Emirates New Zealand team currently in the lead, the bar is still set pretty high although the combination of Land Rover’s lead designers/engineers and a team lead by four-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie means the UK now more than ever has what it takes to #bringthecuphome to its rightful place.
If you’re going to an event like Hyper Japan you pretty much have to try the Japanese food despite how expensive it is. One of the most interesting taste experiences I tried this year was eating mackerel that has been dipped in to a glass of warm sake I don’t know how or why it tastes so good but it does, it tastes almost as if the mackerel was marinated in champagne and in every bite you get such a rich flavour on top the meatyness of the fish. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone whenever the opportunity arises.
I for one have never really been a fan of macarons but for those of you who are you are spoiled for choice not just with the sheer number of flavours but also the attention to detail with some of these aesthetically, who wouldn’t want a macaron shaped like a cute bear’s face? I tried the sakura (cherry blossom flower), rose and lavender which were all very nice, I as tempted to buy a box of assorted macarons but as a rule of thumb any food at a convention will always costs a lot more than outside of it.
The final food I tried for the first time was something I have seen before but always been cautious of, i’m talking about green tea flavoured ice cream. At £2 per cone it’s not too much more than a traditional ice cream but it’s so much nicer, of course being inside a stuffy convention hall means you have to eat it quickly or else it will melt.
Of course I had to have the usual street food favourites takoyaki, karaage, gyoza and a dragon tail. The dragon tail (above) is the simplest and cheapest of all the options and makes for a nice snack but flavour wise it’s not much more exciting than you would expect it to be it’s just rice, shrimp and nori.
There were other foods and drinks I wanted to try including instant miso soup dispensers, ramen and everyone’s favourite drink Ramune but one can only eat so much over 3 days and it’s good to have something new for next time.
Due to the ever rising popularity of Hyper Japan for the first time there have been 2 events this year, the usual one during the Summer and now a Christmas Market which was held at Olympia. Last time I mentioned how disappointing Hyper Japan was as it was a medium sized event trying to expand in to a large sized venue which resulted in lots of leftover space and wide walkways, this year they corrected that problem by using a smaller venue and spreading the event over 2 floors.
If you’re going to an event like Hyper Japan you pretty much have to try the Japanese food despite how expensive it is, this time there were more food stands than ever including instant miso soup dispensers, green tea flavoured ice cream macarons and of course the usual street food favourites takoyaki, karaage, gyoza.
After eating your fill there were plenty of video games to play including Mario Kart 64, Street Fighter with the arcade stick and Dance Dance Revolution. While I may not be a good dancer there were plenty of other games (primarily retro) to play and even if you come alone you will definitely find someone who’ll be your player 2.
There were plenty of stalls selling Japanese products from replica swords and pocket fans to pokemon cards and kimonos. While the quantity was not as large as any previous Hyper Japan it catered to the vast majority of people at the show. When you’re not attempting to succeed at Kendama (Japanese ball and cup game) or almost being fooled by the hyper-realistic Japanese food there are constant performances on stage from musicians, chefs and artists showing their craft for the public to see.
Even the Sake Experience makes a small return with a grand total of 3 stands where you can taste a variety of sakes. As expected the Hyper Japan Christmas Market was nowhere near the scale of the usual events in the summer but for what it is it’s enough to satisfy people.That being said I don’t think the Hyper Japan Christmas Market should charge the same amount to get in as its predecessor (£12). Not everyone wants a huge venue where it would take a huge amount of time and energy to see everything instead Hyper Japan condensed everything that makes its events in to a more bite sized experience.