Your Head In Chocolate, Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

The Japanese always are pushing the envelope on novel uses of technology.  Now they’ve broken new ground in the crucial edible chocolate head category.

The face chocolatizing process is straightforward.  You go to a cafe in Tokyo and stand in a scanning device that takes a three-dimensional image of your face and head.  The 3D image is then used to create a mold of your face.  Pour chocolate into the mold, let it set, and voila! — you’ve got a chocolate version of your face that you can mount on a stick, lollipop-style, or pop into your mouth like a bon bon.  This BBC video story shows the process, and reports that participants believe it results in very accurate likenesses.

It’s gratifying to see modern technology used to make the world a better place, and any advances in chocolate candy preparation will be welcomed by the billions of chocoholics found world-wide.  Still, I think there’s something both narcissistic and creepy about candy representations of an actual human face.  If you were dating someone, would you want them to give you a box full of their face in chocolate?  Wouldn’t it feel kind of grotesque to be eating their face — or, if the roles were reversed, to know that they were eating your face?

There’s a fine line between romance and weirdness, and I think this advance crosses it.  If someone gave me a box of their chocolate faces for Valentine’s Day, I’d worry that stalking is probably right around the corner.

Weird Hotels

The BBC has a slide show of some weird hotels in the world.  You can find it here.

Check out the Capsule Inn Akihabara, in Tokyo.  You sleep in one tube-like space that is one of a bank of identical units.  According to the Inn’s website, each tube is 1 meter x 1 meter x 2 meters, so the rooms really aren’t designed for your average oversized American.  (For the metrically challenged like me, a meter is 3.28 feet.)  Once you are inside the capsule, you use a control bank to watch TV, listen to the radio, and set the alarm.  The Inn’s website assures that each room “has blinds to be drawn for complete privacy.”  Well, that’s reassuring!

The advantage of the Capsule Inn is that it is cheap.  A room goes for 4,000 yen per night, which comes out to less than $50 at current exchange rates — and that’s in Tokyo, one of the world’s most expensive cities.  You get what you pay for, however.  Even if I could comfortably squeeze my ever-expanding girth into Room 504, I’m not sure I’d want to stay in a place that looks like the local kennel.