When my kids were little, they each had a 「たまごっち」(“Tamagochi”)… the Japanese electronic “pet” toy.
I hadn’t thought about those toys in years.
But I was talking to my kids today. I asked them if they remembered their old Tamagochi toys (they do).
So I told them about some of the “pet fads” that were popular in America when I was young (these never caught on in Japan though).
When I was little, there was always an ad in the back of comic books for “Sea Monkeys”.
I convinced my parents to buy these for me once.
What a disappointment!
They were nothing like the picture!
Another big fad of the 70s was the “Pet Rock”.
I was never interested in having a pet rock. The name wasn’t a joke or ironic … it was simply a stone in a cardboard box!
It was popular for a short time though … so I guess many people had one.
Another pet fad that didn’t interest me was the “Invisible Dog”.
It was simply a stiff dog leash with no animal.
I don’t know if they’re “fads” or not, but I also had a Venus Flytrap (ハエトリグサ) once and an antfarm (蟻の農場) another time.