In my April 15 column in the Japan Times, I wrote about “tetrapods,” the four-legged wave-breaking concrete structures you see all up and down the coast of Japan. In the column, I explained that these huge structures are made on-site by pouring concrete into leased molds, like the ones in the photo below.
For a nice series of photos showing the making of tetrapods in more detail, take a look at this blog.
Meanwhile, a company called Maniapparel offers a humorous series of tetrapod clothing….
…and grey felt stuffed tetrapods for the home.
Unfortunately, the company doesn’t sell through online vendors that are relatively easy to navigate with limited Japanese. If you can manage in Japanese, drop an email to Maniapparel at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also order the stuffed toys from Village Vanguard.
Finally, a well-deserved toast to the clever blogger who used the same mold concept to make tetrapod ice cubes. I want this person on my team.