Finally, a Japanese Noodle Waterslide

20090423-noodleslide.jpgHow has the planet gone this long without a noodle waterslide? I’ve been eating noodles from plain old bowls for decades quite happily. But now that I’ve seen this noodle waterslide by the Japanese toymaker Bandai, I can’t imagine a world without one.

The contraption is designed for thin, delicate wheat noodles called somen. During the summer in Japan, many restaurants actually serve nagashi somen, or “flowing noodles.” They set up a long bamboo chute running across the dining room; noodles flow through that channel in an icy water bath for hungry diners to fish out and enjoy.

So Bandai asked the obvious question—what if that stream were a waterslide?—and gave us the answer. Here, the noodles emerge from a little house at the top, float down a long, winding slide, and land in a strainer at the bottom. You can just imagine the six-year-old kid of the toy exec who came up with this one. And how happy he is now. The Noodle Waterslide sells in Japan for 8400 yen, around $85.