Seashells are beautiful and also are surrounded by a common myth that if one holds it to one’s ear, sound of the ocean can be heard. However, it is the noise of the surrounding environment which gets reflected from many hard curved surfaces of a seashell. Well, this popular myth has given inspiration to BayFM78, a Japanese radio station based in Chiba City, Japan. BayFM has created a limited edition radio that’s built into an actual seashell. As insane it might sound, these seashell radios will give people a genuine reason to hold them next to their ears.
Dubbed Sazae Radio, these shell-shaped radios are crafted with hand and look nothing less than a decorative piece for a coffee table. BayFM staff went out to the prefecture’s waters in Chiba to gather SAZAE shells (which refers to “horned turban” in English) for the radio. With features just like a standard portable radio, Sazae Radio comes with a micro USB port for charging, a volume dial, a main switch for power and tuning, a speaker and an antenna.
Well, for now BayFM has decided to create 100 Sazae Radios only, each of which will cost 3,980 yen (about US$35). However, for that you’ll have to register for their lottery and if lucky you’ll get a chance to buy one.