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Where to buy Japanese-style souvenirs! 【Holiday Season and New Year’s selection】

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When traveling in Japan, the perfect “souvenir” is always at the very end of the journey. What kind of gifts are right for family and friends? What would you like to buy for yourself? What is typical Japanese? In this article, I would like to present my recommended articles and shops, with which you will make your loved ones happy at the end of this year and during winter!

If you are looking for a nice Japanese souvenir in Tokyo, the Tokyo Midtown shopping mall is a good choice. There are many shops of exclusive, international brands. But on the other hand, there are also many beautiful souvenir shops with products that you can only buy here in Japan.

The taste of Japan at home!

Kayanoya

Kayanoya

“Kayanoya” is a shop that sells Japanese food. Particularly popular is “Dashi”, the foundation of Japanese cuisine. If you come to the shop, you will always see a long queue. That’s because Dashi soup is offered for free tasting at the entrance of the store. The specialty of Kayanoya’s dashi soup is that it is “without any chemical additives and preservatives”. If you try the soup, you’ll love how smooth and pleasant it tastes.

"Dash" tasting

“Dashi” tasting

The preparation of Japanese dishes is quite difficult for beginners and you need a lot of courage. But since the soup of this store is sold in a kind of tea bag, delicious soups can be easily made by simply adding hot water.

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The “dashi” comes in practical teabags

perfect souvenir

The perfect souvenir from Japan: a hot pot set!!

In addition to the soup broth, there are also sauces and condiments. My personal recommendation is the many seasonal products, such as the “Hot Pot Set”. After returning to your home country, you can throw a hot pot party for family and friends and certainly have a lot of fun!

 

Small and cute: Gifts for everyone!

favorite shop

This is actually one of my most favorite shops in Japan

On the same floor as Kayanoya is the “Nakagawa Masashichi Shotengai”, which was founded in Nara. Accessories such as Japanese everyday items and seasonal decorations are sold here. Fuji-shaped glasses and rice crackers, foot-friendly socks, handkerchiefs, and soaps. Popular in this shop is a cloth called “fukin“.

"fukin" cloth for cleaning at home

“fukin” cloth for cleaning at home

At first, it is a very hard cloth, but it gradually softens when wetted with water, and it is very suitable for wiping tables and kitchen counters. In the current season, there are many “dog” designs because of the 2018 star sign, and traditional Japanese New Year decorations that call for happiness are also recommended for a small gift!

Japanese “tool for everyday life” that can be used for a long time even after your trip

WISE WISE tools

WISE WISE tools

WISE WISE tools

On the 3rd floor of Tokyo Midtown are tools from “WISE · WISE tools” that sell mainly tableware and accessories. I think that it is suitable for a gift for a special person because it is slightly higher in price than the “Nakagawa Masashi shopping street”.

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Wooden New Year decoration (in the shape of two little dogs), a wooden Santa and cute wooden spoons

In addition, you can see many Japanese pottery masterpieces, and buy elegant things that can be used for a long time, and make you think forever of Japan’s journey. It’s the Christmas and New Year decorations made of paper and wood that we would like to recommend. They are reasonable and very sweet!

A specialty shop for unique chopsticks

There is a special shop with chopsticks on the same third floor of Tokyo Midtown. If traveling in Japan, you must use chopsticks. Recently, I see sushi restaurants and Japanese restaurants wherever I go in the world, so I think more about chopsticks. Isn’t it convenient to have chopsticks if you make Japanese food at home?

Hashicho

Hashicho – a shop ONLY for chopsticks!

This shop has a product line that is unique to specialty stores. There are also “meotobashi” (chopstick sets for married couples) that match the size of their hands, chopsticks for hard-to-eat noodles, chopstick sets, and so on.

 

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“Mamezara” (a small plate) and various “hashioki” (chopstick rests)

Personally, I love chopstick rests (“hashioki“). There are many great designs! Along with chopsticks, if you give a chopstick rest according to the recipient’s hobbies and pursuits, they will definitely appreciate it!

 

How did you like my list of stores and gift ideas? From small Japanese souvenirs to unique artwork by Japanese artists, Tokyo Midtown has many beautiful things to offer. I myself regularly buy my Christmas gifts here for my family back in Germany. The mall is easily accessible from Roppongi Station and therefore really convenient. So, how about a visit to the mall at the end of your trip?


Shop Information:

Kayanoya Tokyo Midtown Store
Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1F, Akasaka 9-7-4, Minato-ku, Tokyo
HP: http://www.kayanoya.com

Nakagawa Masashichi Shotengai Tokyo Midtown Store
Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1F, Akasaka 9-7-4, Minato-ku, Tokyo
HP: https://www.nakagawa-masashichi.jp

WISE · WISE tools
Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, Akasaka 9-7-4 Minato-ku, Tokyo
HP: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/shops/SOP0000110/

Hashicho
Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, Akasaka 9-7-4 Minato-ku, Tokyo
HP: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/shops/SOP0000103/

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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