From iPhone cases to base stations, USB keys, and handguns, Tokyo's woodcraft specialty shops astound with their intricate creations.
Japanese wooden gadget maker Hacoa had lots of tree tech on display at its recently opened Tokyo shop near electronics mecca Akihabara. Its Full Ki-Board connects to your Windows 7, Vista, or XP system via USB. Available in maple or walnut, it's priced at a whopping 89,250 yen (about $1,140).
Based in Japan's Fukui Prefecture, Hacoa takes its name from "hako" (box). It has a history of unusual wooden creations, such as jackets for NTT DoCoMo phones, and a full-scale replica of the title robot from the sci-fi series Gundam. Its products were also used at an APEC leaders' summit in 2010.
Hacoa's Play Mouse, available in maple and walnut, has prominent buttons and a scroll wheel.
Not far from Hacoa's Tokyo shop is Nocra, a newly opened woodcraft specialty store with products from the northern island of Hokkaido. Among its unusual products are these meticulously crafted wooden handguns including a Smith & Wesson Model 29, Dirty Harry's firearm of choice.
It may be known as "the most powerful handgun in the world," but this gun only shoots rubber bands (visible just above the barrel). Would Clint approve?