Somen Slider
Photo: Takara Tomy

This Japanese noodle water slide really lets you play with your food

The Big Stream Somen Slider is a customisable water slide for serving traditional nagashi somen noodles with a modern twist

By Youka Nagase
Advertising

Japan is home to some of the wackiest and weirdest products, including time-saving kitchen gadgets and downright crazy pet accessories. But just when you think you’ve seen it all, another new product hits the shelves that’s somehow both ridiculous and irresistible. Leading toy manufacturer Takara Tomy, mostly known for its figurines, has a noodle water slide that we have to admit looks like fun.

Meet the Big Stream Somen Slider Custom Basic (¥7,678), a nagashi somen slide designed to look like an attraction at the Tokyo Summerland water park. Nagashi somen is a Japanese summer tradition, where you catch somen (thin, wheat flour noodles) while they flow down a cold water slide usually made out of bamboo. Now you can have nagashi somen any time you want with your own personal slide.

Somen Slider
Photo: Takara Tomy

Each box comes with one battery operated water fountain and attachable slide pieces.The latter come in straight and curved shapes, so you can easily customise the path of your slide and make it into a short course to feed one, or a longer course that’s big enough for five people to enjoy. 

Somen Slider
Photo: Takara Tomy

There are even different versions of the Big Stream Somen Slider, including the Mega Las Vegas (¥14,960), which features a fountain with LED lights, as well as a yellow Minion-themed one that’s 3.6 metres long (¥8,250). 

You can find these products at major toy stores nationwide or purchase them from Takara Tomy’s official website.

More from Time Out Tokyo

Take our Time Out Index survey and tell us what life is like in Tokyo

Kochi is offering a free sightseeing tour on Instagram Live using a ninja robot

Tokyo’s vintage video game store Super Potato is now on eBay

JR Hokkaido is offering a one-week unlimited rail pass until January 2022

This suburban cafe in Tokyo recreates the joys of camping indoors

Want to be the first to know what’s cool in Tokyo? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates from Tokyo and Japan.

More on Time In

    Latest news

      Advertising