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Yamanote Alarm Clock

This alarm clock is perfect for waking out of that nightmare where you're running to catch your train and you realise you forgot to put your pants on. You know that one.

The stations are arrayed around the dial in approximate distance/time between stations (as we know, the loop isn't exactly an hour, but it's close enough) and the second hand is a spinning Series E231-500. The alarm rings your choice of six station melodies - Tokyo, Yurakucho, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku & Ikebukuro) - or a really shrill 'doors closing' bell from Ueno/Shin-Okubo. The clock sets itself (if you're in Japan) via radio time signal.

Details & online ordering (in Japanese): http://www.nissha-yumekobo.jp/ITMP/L169.html

Contributed by Kristen
July 14, 2006

Posted on 2006年07月14日 17:50