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I always thought my iPhone was beautiful. The precision…. The curves… The materials… Room for improvement on the iPhone4? Pshh, I think not. That’s when Erin showed me these Japanese food based iPhone covers on StrapyaWorld. I hope Steve Jobs is taking notes for the iPhone5’s design.

Stuff On My iPhone

Apples and other companies like to go minimalist with their cases. Cover as little as possible! Add as little bulge as possible! Re-add some receptions!

Pshh. Who needs to be able to fit their iPhone in their pockets? I’m all about carrying my iPhone around in a bento box everywhere I go.

A company called iMeshi makes iPhone covers that resemble Japanese food. Not only do they look good… but they make me want to eat them. Japan really does have a fetish with fake plastic display food (and they’re really good at it).

I suppose it’s only natural (wait, no it’s not) to want to move this fake, tasty looking food to your iPhone as well. “Moshi moshi?” “Oh hi, this is your accountant. You should stop spending so much money on iPhone covers.”

1. Unagi iPhone Cover

Unagi are freshwater eel, and a common sight in Japanese restaurants. They go on sushi, they go on donburi, and they go good plain, too. If you’re new to sushi and afraid of raw things, unagi is the way to go. It’s incredibly tasty.

This, surprisingly, is one of the better covers in terms of actually being able to fit your iPhone in your pocket (don’t wear tight-jeans). It probably only doubles the size of your iPhone. Also brings a new meaning to “is that an eel in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

If you’re in Japan and ever get a chance, pop into a place that makes unagi-don. You will feel good afterwards.

2. Nikujaga iPhone Cover

Nikujaga is one of my favorite comfort foods. The main parts of it are meat (niku) and potatoes (jaga). It’s a kind of shoyu (soy saucce) based stew, and you can add other things as well. Easy to make and super tasty. Look up some recipes if you don’t eat your iPhone cover first.

Excuse me while I get up and make some nikujagga.

3. Sushi iPhone Covers

This, by far, has to be the most ridiculous iPhone cover of them all (and most awesome). There are two sushi covers, and both of them take up a ridiculous amount of space (it’s like having a cell phone in the early 90’s again!). You could probably stack 3-4 iPhones on top of each other before they equaled the width of this cover.

I’d go with this second one, for sure. Ikura? Hells yes. Give me two of those.

4. Hiyashi Chuuka iPhone Cover

Hiyashi chuuka is a cold ramen dish usually served in the summer. It’s ramen noodles served with various other refreshing things. Maybe this would be a good summer iPhone case for you.

Makes me sad there’s no regular ramen iPhone cover. I guess that would get messy and void your warranty, though.

5. Tonkatsu iPhone Cover

Tonkatsu is a staple of Japanese comfort food. Chicken or pork (or many other things, actually) covered in panko (bread crumbs), egg, and flour. Then you fry it. Everything is better fried… especially iPhones.

6. Eggs And Bacon

I’ve never been a fan of Japanese bacon (too rubbery and thin), but I could be a fan of a Bacon & Egg iPhone. Somehow iPhones make everything better…

7. Rice iPhone Cover

When you think of Japanese food, you have to automatically think about rice (or at least pair it with a lot of the other foods you think of!). This iPhone cover goes all out though. There’s rice, sesame seeds, and even an umeboshi (my favorite!). Umeboshi is a pickled plum. It’s super salty, and it’s one of the best foods in the world. My mouth is literally hurting just thinking about it right now.

8. Dango iPhone Cover

I’m not a fan of non-salty in general, but a lot of people like these traditional Japanese sweets. These balls are made from mochiko (rice flower) and can have different flavors. They go well with green tea, sitting somewhere relaxing. Hopefully nobody is talking on their dango-covered iPhone while you’re trying to enjoy the peacefulness of it all, though.

I’m glad the sharp side of the skewers don’t stick out the other side. That could be dangerous in your pocket.

9. Dessert iPhone Covers (Christmas Cake & Chocolate)

Christmas Cake is something you eat in Japan to celebrate Christmas (and often times Santa’s Birthday). Between Christmas Cake and KFC, perhaps there’s room to give your loved one this iPhone cover?

If Christmas Cake isn’t your thing, then maybe chocolate is. Seriously. How do you get these in your pocket?

10. Chirashi Zushi

Chirashi zushi is a “scattered sushi” dish which has sushi rice as well as other toppings normally found on sushi. It’s not all packed together in bite-able pieces like regular sushi.

Okay, now I’m starting to get hungry. I shouldn’t work on this article around lunch time…

What Is Your Favorite?

I think my favorite is nikujaga one… I’m not sure why – I think it’s just because it makes me nostalgic of when I was younger when my mom would make it (now I have to make it on my own, and I’m no cook). Then again, if I was going for usability, I’d probably get the unagi one. Seems like it would fit in my pocket better.

Anyways, once again, you can find these over at StrapyaWorld (I don’t get any referral bonus or anything like that, I only wrote this article because I thought it was interesting). They run about $50 per iPhone cover, so they definitely aren’t cheap. They’re hand made, though, so the price makes sense to me. You’ll just want to make sure you really want it. Oh, and a lot of these don’t have holes for a camera (too much food!) so you’ll have to take the case off to take pictures.

Now imagine if any other country did these. I don’t imagine they’d look as good (I’m totally biased when it comes to pumping up Japan’s fake-food making industries). Hot dog iPhone cover? Ugly. Hamburger? Ok… maybe I’d go for that, as long as it covers both sides. If I’m going to put a food cover on my iPhone, might as well render it totally unusable in the process. :P

P.S. If you got hungry reading this, you should follow Tofugu on Twitter.

P.P.S. Going to stick with the boring old regular phone cases? I guess you might be more of a Tofugu Facebook kind of person.

  • ampmjuku

    If I was looking at these from above, I’d attempt to eat one… just  say’n… (except for #5 and 6 because those are pretty obvious) 

  • ampmjuku

    If I was looking at these from above, I’d attempt to eat one… just  say’n… (except for #5 and 6 because those are pretty obvious) 

  • LorettaScott

    I just can’t help wondering how silly it would look to hold up eggs and bacon! ….

  • Lildreamertina

    Those all look wonderful! I have to say though… no cold soba! I love the color of buckwheat soba! soo good anytime. :)

  • Gus

    I got really hungry after seeng this covers xD

  • Tawlar98

    I would definitely say the Christmas one. It looks extremely tasty, and it has a cute design. ^-^

  • http://twitter.com/writingnut Jocy Ariel

    Hey, Koichi. Just thought I’d point out the few typos I spotted. Should be “Dessert iPhone Covers” instead of “Desert.” And the last mention of iPhone just kind of failed. XD But seriously, you made me really hungry with all these amazing covers. I think my mouth is watering….

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Thanks Jocy! What would I do without people like you? (Probably just spell everything wrong, haha)

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Thanks Jocy! What would I do without people like you? (Probably just spell everything wrong, haha)

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Thanks Jocy! What would I do without people like you? (Probably just spell everything wrong, haha)

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Haha, I actually thought that was the most normal-looking one of the bunch!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Haha, I actually thought that was the most normal-looking one of the bunch!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Me too :(

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Me too :(

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Haha, I actually thought that was the most normal-looking one of the bunch!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    That would be good, wouldn’t it!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Me too :(

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    That would be good, wouldn’t it!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    That would be good, wouldn’t it!

  • http://analogsoulphoto.wordpress.com/ Kathy

    Oh, I think my favorite would be the unagi…or the ikira…or the ikira and shrimp chirashi…ugh!  Typical, I can’t make up my mind because I love so many different Japanese foods  ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bianca-Porter/100000530727677 Bianca Porter

    I am so hungry now, i would definitely go for some unagi right now though. I loved how i read this article and learn new japanese dishes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bianca-Porter/100000530727677 Bianca Porter

    I am so hungry now, i would definitely go for some unagi right now though. I loved how i read this article and learn new japanese dishes.

  • Ming Er

    very nice for Iphone cover

  • Pepperhead

    I missed breakfast and have been studying Japanese all day..hungry, came on here for a break still hungry and ‘Im greeted with the most delicious looking phone I cant afford…scuse me while I go cook up some teriyaki.

  • Jen

    I wonder how many people actually almost eat their phones because of this.

  • http://twitter.com/Folkmiza Izatt Folkman

    I like the chocolate bars ones, even though they weren’t shown here.

  • Michael

    LOL i want an iPhone just to get one of these covers xD

  • Mac @ JLPT Boot Camp

    The other day I saw someone with an iPhone cover that was like a little park.  It had trees and bushes and a few park benches, then as a keitai strap he had a giant stuffed cartoon character about the size of a basketball.  It makes me wonder what he looks like talking on the phone and where in the world he stores that thing.

    If I had to choose out of these though, I’d have to say I’m a sucker for dango.  I love fresh dango at a festival, mmm…

  • http://twitter.com/Rioter_nemorock Inma Condeco

    Haha extra sized pockets for some of the covers. Nikujaga looks yummy.. And you say it a few times… And it doesn’t seem too complicated… I think I’m going to attempt to cook it :D (I think it’ll go all wrong xD..)

  • Kafka

    My host mum used to make great Chirashi Zushi so I’d have to go for that. The Dango just make it too bulky to put in your pocket. :/

  • Geniste Williams

    Redefining the phrase “Moshi moshi umeboshi”!

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  • MsMora

    Effin’ A! These are even better than some of the ones I saw at Bic Camera in Kyoto last November. The only thing that stopped me from buying was the cost…3990Y. Ouch. Versions I love include the dango, tonkatsu, and chirashi sushi.

  • Anonymous

    If I had an iPhone and one of these covers, when I wake up and look at my phone, I’d either wonder why there’s food charging or I’d try to eat it.

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  • Ananixnk

    LOL! This is the weirdest thing i’ve ever seen! Is this for real? People just might start eating there phones all over!

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  • MM

    Rice flower?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaza-Norman/100000272574961 Shaza Norman

    cho kawai!!! either sushi or dango onegaishimasu (for fear i might eat the unagi ;)

  • Scott

    I’ve seen some crazy iPhone covers in Akihabara, but these ones take the cake ~literally

  • Kleinehexe

    oh my god, tasty

  • Kiseki

    I think the rice one is just too cute! <3 Though if I were to buy one (since that's all I can afford considering each costs about $52 USD on the iMeshi website!) I'd buy the mochi cover. I love, love, LOVE mochi and I think the colors of mochi are just amazingly adorable and make me feel like an innocent little girl… It's weird, yes. XD Thank you for posting this article, I definitely know what to be buying my otaku friends for Christmas!

  • Kiseki

    I think the rice one is just too cute! <3 Though if I were to buy one (since that's all I can afford considering each costs about $52 USD on the iMeshi website!) I'd buy the mochi cover. I love, love, LOVE mochi and I think the colors of mochi are just amazingly adorable and make me feel like an innocent little girl… It's weird, yes. XD Thank you for posting this article, I definitely know what to be buying my otaku friends for Christmas!