It was hard to find an affordable record player in 1960s Japan. So the Japanese companies built their own cheaper, portable vinyl versions. Each design was fantastically unique.
The devices were cheap, mass-produced players that were made, not only by electronics companies, but also toy companies and even industrial companies. Looking back on all the unique designs that came out, each was more groovier than the next.
Not surprisingly, the Japanese followed up with the world’s subsequent music players: the Walkman and Mini Disc until the iPod and the smartphones became the dominant playback device.
In related news, Japanese companies announced that they will officially stop making VCRs this month.