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  • What are some good Japanese souvenir ideas?

    Posted by Luka on June 12, 2023 at 5:40 am

    My folks are going to want something when I return home. Where can I buy some good souvenirs and what should I get them?

    Sakura replied 10 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Sakura

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    June 12, 2023 at 6:25 am

    Hi Luka,

    There are a number of unique and thoughtful souvenirs you can bring back from Japan. Traditional arts and crafts like “yukata” (summer kimono), “furoshiki” (wrapping cloth), or “tenugui” (cotton hand towel) are popular choices. Japanese pottery and lacquerware are also beautiful and practical.

    If your family enjoys cooking, you might want to consider “noren” (split curtains used in kitchens and shops) or chopstick sets. Japanese food items like matcha (green tea powder), “sake” (Japanese rice wine), “yatsuhashi” (cinnamon-flavored sweets from Kyoto), or “mochi” (rice cakes) can also make great gifts.

    For more contemporary gifts, stationery from stores like Muji or Loft, character goods from Studio Ghibli or Sanrio, or skincare products from Japanese brands like Shiseido or DHC could be a hit.

    You can find most of these items in department stores, traditional craft stores, or souvenir shops in tourist areas. If you’re in Tokyo, districts like Asakusa, Ginza, and Akihabara are well-known for their shopping options.

    Remember, the best souvenirs are often the ones that you choose with the recipient’s interests in mind. Enjoy your shopping!

    Best,

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