Susan and I have been lax this last month in our morning walks, but when I heard her alarm go off at 5:15 a.m. I was soon up and at ‘em for our local trek that runs about 1.25 miles. On the latter third of that, I found this mystery kitchen utensil just laying on some parkway grass that looked like it had never been used by whoever tossed it out:

After bringing it home, taking it apart and giving it a good cleaning, I googled any variety of “Suzuki/counter-mount/hand/manual/grinder/mill” but came up entirely empty.  And it’s no help that the small green label on its side is entirely in Japanese. As such, I have no clue what its meshed gears are supposed to munch on. Any ideas?

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Additional pics, from above and below.

 

UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): Jeez. So through my amazing powers of deduction, I finally looked at that little green label for a clue and all I could find among all those Japanese language characters was 0427 (59) 5571, which I hoped might be a phone number. So I googled it: nothing. Then I googled it with “Suzuki” and got a match via a directory page that had a link to the product’s webpage. The company name is Ration Suzuki Institute Inc in the city of Sagamihara, bordering Tokyo. What is it? It’s a juicer.

From a bad translation of its webpage:

Suzuki Juice Machine

Completely crushed cells of vegetables and fruits, because without waste to extract the active ingredient in many yield to make a delicious juice, less destruction of the vitamin.

First impression: Pain in the ass. Here’s a video snippet from the five minutes it took me to juice a pear.