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Japanese company creates noise-canceling spoon to drown slurping sounds

The spoon sends signals to an app that plays an artificial flushing noise to cover up slurping noodles

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Japanese company creates noise-canceling spoon to drown slurping sounds

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Japanese instant noodle producer, Nissin, has come up with a solution to cover up noodle slurping noises, which are typically made to show appreciation for the traditional dish. But some people (especially foreigners) have become bothered by the noise and have called their disdain for the slurping sound “noodle harassment” on social media.


On Monday (October 23) Nissin announced the sale of Otohiko, a revolutionary fork that plays artificial flushing sounds from a smartphone when it detects the bothersome slurps through its sensitive microphone.

The fork’s promotional video shows a group of foreigners who become visibly bothered by their Japanese counterparts’ slurping while eating Nissin’s instant noodles.

“Noodles still taste nice without slurping,” says a foreign man.

“I’m not going to stop eating noodles that way,” says a Japanese woman.

“The fork is a solution to the ‘noodle harassment’ issue, particularly as the number tourists visiting Japan increases,” said the company.

The fork was inspired by Otohime, the Japanese toilets that mask other noises when someone uses the toilet.

Nissin will only sell the gadget if it receives 5,000 pre-orders by mid-December at a price of 14,800 yen (112 euros) said Yahoo News.