Are you planning a trip to Japan? Be it Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, or any city or town in Japan, you will be delighted by the many wonderful sights and sounds that await you there.
Though many would often have a hint of reluctance to leave Japan’s hospitality and unique culture upon their return home, you can always bring back reminders with you – little trinkets and baubles that will remind you of your memorable travel experience in Japan.
Here are a few special Japanese souvenirs you could pick up for friends and family back home.
Made from a simple wooden handle with a string that is attached to a ball, the Kendama is a popular cup-and-ball game in Japan that can trace its origins as far back as the 18th century. Today the popularity of this little toy has even spawned its own competition series, both locally and in the USA. If you know anyone who likes knick-knacks or simple childhood toys, pick a Kendama up for them.
More than just keeping you cool on a warm day, folding fans are almost part of the quintessential Japanese identity, some of which are used prominently in traditional dance forms and tea ceremonies. You can get these fans anywhere in Japan, which can be made from affordable paper or exquisite silk, so pick accordingly to your budget and pick up a good quality one that won’t tear itself at the very first opening flick you give it!
This is Japanese towel made of cotton. It can be used in a variety of ways – as a dishcloth, washcloth, handkerchief, headband, bandana, or even a decorative item.
Think of a traditional Japanese outfit and chances are you are picturing a Yukata. Regarded as a casual version of the Kimono, the Yukata is often readily available in sets, which consists of the robe, an obi (or sash), and matching slippers. What’s more is that you can buy colourful sets for adults, as well as for children, which would be a good gift idea for those with children.
If you want that beautiful teapot or glazed pot, some styles even dating back to ancient times, there’s no better country than Japan to get it from! You get them in so many colours – off-white with blue patterns, yellow with red designs, and light pink with black artwork. The available combinations are endless. Make sure you have bubble wrap in your suitcase, for you are not to leave Japan without some beautiful ceramics.
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