Do you have trouble looking for souvenirs and gifts to give your friends who live overseas? Though you think of choosing a very “Japanese-thing”, sometimes it doesn’t come as clear, does it?
Top 10 popular gifts from Japan
Let’s look at the Top 10 gifts that your friend who came from overseas may like.
1 Kanji T-shirt and Tattoo Stickers
Even if your friends cannot read Japanese, the style and forms of Kanji can still be as fascinating, which is also shown a lot of appreciation from overseas. Some people even have Kanji tattoos such as “love” and “power” engraved on their bodies. Some may seem strange from the eyes of a Japanese, but T-shirts and tattoo stickers written in kanji are appreciated by many people.
It may not be as well-known, but Japanese umbrellas are excellent in function and are also popular abroad. Especially, folding umbrellas is something that has evolved in Japan very well, and can be housed quite compactly, so it has received high praises. It will be a gift to those who live in rainy countries.
News that of people who choke on rice cakes traditionally eaten in the New Years have also made it to overseas. It may seem to be something risky to eat, but there are many who become addicted to the distinct texture of these rice cakes. For those who have a bit of a fear toward mochi may enjoy and ease their fear by actually cooking dishes using these or you may also teach them how to cook and eat it for maximum enjoyment.
4 Wrapping Cloth (Furoshiki)
Furoshiki, which is very compact to take with you around, can be said to be one of the standard souvenirs in Japan. Originally, it has been used when wrapping things, but recently it has also been used as a purse or even as a display item for rooms. Especially, those which have distinct Japanese designs and kanji on them have good quality in design and it is something you can recommend with confidently.
5 Japanese Confectionery
Japanese sweets is only known for its good taste, but it is also known to have prestige quality being delicately handmade. Because Mitarashi dumplings and buns with crushed soybeans can only be eaten in Japan, it is perfect for souvenirs. Also, we also recommend strawberry Daifuku which uses Japanese strawberries which has delicate sweetness to it.
When I go abroad, I realize how amazing the quality of Japanese stationery is. Even your standard ballpoint pens can be used for a long time. Many of them have exquisite design and are also relatively inexpensive, so it is perfect for buying in bulk and when you want to distribute it to many people.
7 Folding Fan
Although, also widely used in Spain and China, the skill of craftsmen lives in Japanese folding fans from its delicate framework to the quality of cloth and paper materials. Even some luxury fans are scented. As well as being used on a daily basis, you can open it up and decorate it in the living room. With no mistake, your friends overseas will enjoy these souvenirs.
8 Washcloth (Tenugui)
Next to Furoshiki, Tenugui wrapping cloths are also popular as souvenirs in Japan. Recently, there are also exhibition panels dedicated to Tenugui and it is also attracts attention as being room accessories. Aside from traditional patterns, the number of modern and fashionable patterns have also been increasing. It is a recommended gift for women.
Yukata are more accessible in price compared to kimono, making it perfect for souvenirs. Since you can not wear a yukata on its own, we recommend that you send a band, a string, and sandals as a set. Since children’s yukata sets are also very cheap, it will be a good gift to give to parents and children.
10 Food sample
Food samples are unique to Japan and is rarely seen abroad. Both of them are elaborately made, and those who like rare things will definitely be pleased. Recently there are food samples that are miniaturized to be key holders, so it may be interesting to buy a few and have your friends choose one.
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