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Japan’s Miraculous Massage Chairs

By Asian American in Tokyo | February 18, 2007

Before I lived in Japan, whenever I came to Tokyo on a trip I always set aside a day to visit Akihabara, the electronics super district of the world. You can get anything here, though recently prices aren’t necessarily a bargain. You will definitely see gadgets and gizmos found nowhere else in the world.

One of my required stops in Akihabara is the 4th floor of the Laox Duty-Free Store. This is the hallowed location of the electronic massage chairs. You absolutely cannot believe how amazing these things are until you try one yourself! I’ve brought co-workers, friends and family to this place to “test the merchandise” year after year. Each year, there’s a newer model with more bells and whistles, guaranteed to squeeze the stress right out of you. Pictured below is the top-of-the-line for this year. (Unfortunately, the store doesn’t allow photography so I couldn’t take any real photos of us enjoying the chairs.)

Behold, the National/Panasonic Momi Momi RealPro GII.

Check out the chair’s control panel.

It has computer controlled inflatable air bladders to massage your feet and legs, plus highly articulated arms with rollers to massage your back and neck.

The “massage chair stop” is always great after a day of walking and shopping through Akihabara.

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7 Responses to “Japan’s Miraculous Massage Chairs”

  1. Harri Johansson Says:
    January 5th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Hello!

    I lived in Tokyo 2000-2002 and during that time I bought a massage chair from your store. Now the
    remote control i broken and I need a new one.
    Is it possible for you to send a new one to Finland. The type of massage chair is National EP578.
    IŽll pay every shipping costs etc.
    Thanks in advance!!!

  2. Alex Says:
    August 18th, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Vicki Rizzo Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I was in Japan about 5 years ago & was very interested in the National Momi Momi Real pro GII massage chair when I visited Akihabara. Please let me know if this chair has since been updated & whether or not it is available for purchase anywhere in Australia. If not, I am very interested in purchasing one directly from Japan but am quite concerned about any repair work to the chair if the need arises.
    Urgently awaiting your response.
    Vicki Rizzo

  4. Vicki Rizzo Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I was in Japan about 5 years ago & was very interested in the National Momi Momi Real Pro GII massage chair. Please let me know if this model has since been updated & whether or not it is available for purchase in Australia. I am very interested in purchasing this chair but am quite concerned about any ongoing maintenance issues if the need arises if I DO order it directly from Japan.

  5. Loreto Santillan Says:
    March 17th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    pls send me a copy of operating manual for NATIONAL EP 578 massage chair,we have already a unit but the manual got lost,i dont know if this massage chair malfuntioning or not,due to some button in the wired remote control are not functioning,Is this machine are available in the market?Accept this my request thanks in advance,,,,,

  6. Don Wood Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    We have a wonderfull National Momi-Momi EP560 Message Lounger. Drive pully with rubber torque cusion has seperated. The drive pully is kept in place with an allen screw. Can you find within your archive of parts or parts list so we can purchase. There is also a tension spring that needs replacing. We live in Honolulu, HI.
    Thanks,
    Don & June Wood

  7. Mehreen Says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    For those of you who own this National realpro chair.
    I’ve purchased one & as everyting is in japanese, I don’t know what is the buttons on right hand bottom side of this chair.

    anyone know?
    Thanks.

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