This is Japan, According to Souvenirs
So you’ve finally made it to Japan! It’s the trip of a lifetime, and there are so many unique things you’ll want to tell your friends and family about. They’ll be expecting gifts, too, and you’re spoilt for choice in land of the rising sun. How can you know which ones to buy?
Kyoto is noted for its high-class traditional dolls, which were first crafted over 1,000 years ago as toys for the daughters of aristocrats. Some workshops have been handed down over the centuries, so you’re sure to find something as authentic as it is exquisite. Another regional specialty is oil-blotting paper, which is used to dab excess oil from your skin to remove the shine.
Not too far south of Kyoto, the prefecture of Ehime is known for its soft, colourful Imabari towels, with their iconic red, white and blue labels. It’s a great way to complete a set of Japanese pampering goods if you’ve already picked up a comb and blotting paper from Kyoto.
But if we’re talking about regional food, the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is home to the Shiroi Koibito biscuit factory, where you can make biscuits with your own design – what better gift than that?
The island’s capital, Sapporo, is also home to the Royce confectionary company, from whom you might acquire a box of chocolate-covered crisps for the epicurean in your life. Osaka is the place to snack on octopus balls, known as takoyaki – and if you like them, you can pick up a takoyaki making kit so your friends can make them for you back home.
Naturally, in Tokyo there is little you won’t be able to get hold of. From bizarre smartphone cases to traditional zōri sandals, from luxurious kimonos to ‘kairo’ – portable pocket warmers – if you keep your eyes peeled as you travel you are sure to spot something for everyone. One local specialty is the Tokyo Banana, a range of banana-shaped cakes that can’t be bought outside of Japan.
To get you started, though, we’ve developed a photographic poster showing of some of our favourite souvenir gift ideas from Japan.
So, sayonara, and bring us back something nice!
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