10 gifts that must be bought in Japan
Japan is a country that reveres touching their customs and traditions. Therefore, Japanese Souvenirs now are almost the same as 10 or 20 years ago.
We offer you to learn a list of 10 gifts that are sure to take away from the Country of the Rising Sun.
1. Maneki neko.
Cat calling happiness. Everywhere in Japan, from shops and restaurants and to banks and offices, you are greeted by a statue of “luring the cats”. This is maneki neko, one of the most famous lucky charms in Japan, it is believed that it attracts good luck in business and promotes growth of wealth. They are also used for interior decoration of the house, as cats can be manufactured in any size and from any material. You can buy them in any souvenir shop, but it is best to do it in the temple of Gotoku-JI temple, the birthplace of this mascot.
2. Tenugui – a rectangular piece of fabric with a pattern or graphic image.
Tenugui – one of the most popular Souvenirs from Japan, it is so multifunctional that it’s obvious “must have”. Tenugui – it conoce rectangular cotton towel length of about 90 cm with printed patterns of different motifs (geometric, floral paintings or Ukiyo-e). It can be used as towel, wrap for gifts or decorate the room as tablecloths or panels.
3. Yukata-summer cotton kimono.
Yukata – this is a casual light cotton kimono often worn during summer festivals or in the ryokans (Japanese style hotels). Tip: Yukata are sold in all the souvenir shops, but if you want a quality kimono, it is better to go to a normal clothing store or a Department store – there are more choices and higher quality of the fabric used.
4. Zōri or Geta-traditional Japanese footwear.
Typically Yukata is worn with geta, traditional Japanese footwear that resembles Slippers or wooden shoes. If wooden geta is too gentle for your feet, you can choose zōri is more formal and comfortable shoes that goes well with kimono.
5. A Japanese fan
Japanese summer on the streets, in trains and restaurants you will see a lot of people who use the manual fans. They can be folding (ōgi) or a stiff flat fans (uchiwa). Hand fans are so popular in Japan that it is simply impossible to leave Japan without taking with him at least one.
6. Wagasa (traditional Japanese umbrella).
Japan is famous for ancient traditions of manufacture and use umbrellas. Traditional Japanese umbrella is used not only as protection from rain, but also during the tea ceremony, and theatrical performances.
7. Furin – air bell.
The sound of the furin – one of the specific sounds of Japan, heard not only in traditional areas but also in modern buildings. Leading back to the Edo period furin – is a glass or metal bell that normally hung in front of Windows or doors. The sound in the wind alerts you to the cool breeze.
8. Painting Ukiyo-e.
Paintings ukiyo-e, “floating world paintings”, appeared in the 17th century and is still extremely popular. These paintings depict landscapes, historical scenes, famous actors or sumo wrestlers. This is one of the major genres of Japanese art, which, undoubtedly, should be in the collection of every traveler.
9. Daruma Doll.
Depicting Bodhidharma (founder of Zen Buddhism), Daruma – this is a spherical doll is usually red in color, it serves as an amulet bringing good luck, prosperity and power to achieve goals. Daruma are sold without the eyes drawn, they must draw the owner of the doll – the first eye while making wishes, and the second – when it is done.
10. Japanese sticks.
Traditional Japanese chopsticks are made of lacquered wood and can be produced in various sizes (usually for men, women and children). They are very different from Chinese sticks – they are shorter and rounder in shape. Sticks are often sold in sets, as decorative objects, they often have beautiful ornament. This is a great souvenir for those who love Japanese cuisine.