After having your fill of visiting historic sightseeing spots, consuming scrumptious Japanese meals, and having fun with Japanese tradition, shopping for souvenirs is the one logical subsequent step. However with so many choices, starting from low cost and scrumptious comfort retailer snacks to Made in Japan beauty gadgets, you is likely to be discovering it slightly arduous to decide on. What would make your loved ones, important different, and associates at residence actually glad? Nicely, to unravel that conundrum, we’ve requested TOM members from abroad what their tried-and-tested memento decisions are. We hope these will aid you while you’re caught!
Word: The gadgets really useful and store info are correct as of Autumn 2020.
☆ Katie (Indiana, U.S.A./Translation Staff)
Advice #1: Shiroi Koibito, Equipment Kat (Matcha), Tokyo Banana
My entire household loves candy issues, so Shiroi Koibito cookies make them the happiest! Matcha Equipment Kats and different distinctive Equipment Kat flavours additionally usually get rave critiques. Truthfully, something with chocolate will simply get eaten up (lol).
Personally, my favorite factor to take again is Tokyo Banana desserts. There have been various instances once I introduced some residence and simply ended up consuming like half of them alone (lol).
The place to search out it: I all the time find yourself occurring a purchasing spree on the airport.
Advice #2: Japanese trinkets and snacks from 100-yen shops
For the children, I get trinkets like pouches and hair equipment that “look Japanese” from the 100 yen store.
Additionally, the snacks that they promote there are often cheaper and are available in smaller parts than the common sized ones. Even when it doesn’t appear to be they want it, they will a minimum of get a style of snacks that we don’t essentially have in America. Typically I really exit of my method to get issues that I do know my household gained’t like (lol).
The place to search out it: There are tons of 100 yen retailers within the Tokyo metro space!
☆ Chris (Canada/Buyer Help Staff)
Advice #1: Pickled dried plum (Umeboshi), plum-flavored snacks
My mother actually loves umeboshi, so I purchase that and different plum-flavored snacks. There aren’t many shops in Canada that carry stuff like that and even when they do, they don’t have many types both. So every time I convey some again, she’s all the time actually glad, although the remainder of my household doesn’t actually take pleasure in them (lol).
The place to search out it: I all the time get some from comfort shops close to me.
Advice #2: Calorie Mate
After Calorie Mate was featured in Metallic Gear Stable 3 as an power bar, followers worldwide got here to know of it. So now, I purchase it for my gamer associates again residence. A few of them thought it solely existed within the sport itself so once they got here to know that it’s an actual meals, they have been actually shocked (lol).
The place to search out it: I get it on the comfort retailer together with the umeboshi!
☆ Caroline (Singapore/Buyer Help)
Advice #1: Chestnut cake (Kuri-manju) from Kogetsudo
My household and associates love Japanese sweets, however in the previous couple of years, Japanese eating places and chains like Don Quijote and Kushikatsu Tanaka have been opening up in Singapore, in order that they aren’t very novel anymore. So just lately, I’ve been bringing again native specialities from the locations that I’m dwelling in.
The one which made my household the happiest was kuri-manju from a well-known Japanese confectionery store referred to as Kogetsudo, once I was dwelling in Kitakyushu Metropolis in Fukuoka Prefecture. The bean filling has a mellow style and is tender to chew via, and every manju had a whole chestnut in it. Simply desirous about it’s making me salivate. Should you get to journey to completely different areas in Japan, I positively suggest shopping for the specialties of these locations and bringing them residence as souvenirs.
The place to search out it: You may get them at confectionery retailers round Japan.
Advice #2: Dried ramen (Bou-ramen)
My dad actually loves ramen, however he’s thrifty so he doesn’t actually go to ramen retailers in Singapore since they’re fairly costly. Realizing that, I received him 3-Four sorts of bou-ramen from a model that does regional sorts of ramen, and included ones from Hakata and Kurume. A yr after giving them to him, I acquired a message from him saying “I’m having the ramen you bought for me for dinner. It’s the final pack…” I had no concept he had been saving them up like that (lol). Subsequent time I’ll convey a complete bunch again!
The place to search out it: They’re out there in Don Quijote shops and supermarkets.
☆ Massiel (New Jersey, U.S.A./Translation Staff)
Advice #1: Snacks
Snacks are the one reply, particularly these seasonal snacks which might be on sale for a restricted time or in sure areas! Fridge magnets or keychains often come to thoughts when folks take into consideration souvenirs, however it’s simple to get bored if that’s all folks convey residence, so I all the time convey snacks residence. Additionally, the benefit of Japanese snacks is that there are such a lot of varieties that I can select completely different ones each time. For my mother and father, I usually get rice crackers (senbei), and for my niece and nephews, Tokyo Banana. Typically I additionally get Japanese confectioneries like daifuku and yatsuhashi!
The place to search out it: You may get them on the airport, however it’s positively cheaper at Don Quijote!
Advice #2: Strawberry daifuku
My household liked strawberry daifuku probably the most. The primary time I introduced some again, my niece and three nephews, who have been three to eight at the moment, appeared so confused by them. To them, Japanese meals meant issues like ramen and sushi, so the mere reality that there have been sweets was already one thing new. Furthermore, American and Dominican sweets are completely completely different from the textures and flavors of the mochi and pink bean paste. After they first had some, the faces they made have been so humorous and cute that I’ll always remember them (lol). From then on, it looks as if they’re all the time trying ahead to what Japanese sweets I’ll convey them subsequent.
The place to search out it: Any Japanese confectionery retailer would usually have them!
☆ U (China/CHINA Operations)
Advice #1: DHC liver extract + Ornithine complement
My father’s firm has a number of consuming events and it’s fairly a pressure on his liver. Since DHC’s dietary supplements are well-known and it’s cheaper to purchase them in Japan, I all the time purchase some to convey residence once I’m visiting. My father even praised me, saying, “Have a look at you shopping for presents in your mother and father, you’ve grown up properly!” (lol)
The place to search out it: You should purchase the packs at any pharmacy!
Advice #2: monpoké Waku Waku tableware set
monpoké is a line of Pokémon-themed child items, and I purchased some to rejoice my cousin’s start. It’s all microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe and it’s all stackable so you’ll be able to retailer them simply. Plus, they don’t break simply in order that they’re actually handy to make use of. Above all, they’re actually cute too! I heard that my cousin was so happy with it that they began utilizing it the very subsequent day (lol).
The place to search out it: I purchased it on-line, however you may also discover them at malls and different locations round Japan that inventory monpoké gadgets.
☆ Sam (China/Anime Merch Growth)
Advice #1: Make-up
Numerous my associates in China actually like Japanese beauty merchandise, particularly merchandise from the well-known model Shiseido. After all, they’re glad to obtain the costly gadgets, however additionally they actually love merchandise which might be distinctive to Japan, like eye masks that may gently heat your drained eyes with steam!
The place to search out it: You may get them at malls or pharmacies.
Advice #2: Nattokinase complement
I purchased this for my grandmother fairly usually. Due to this complement, she received to understand how good natto is for the physique and was all the time telling me to eat natto day-after-day. When she visited Japan, I let her strive precise natto for the primary time and it wasn’t fairly to her style. She ended up telling me, “I didn’t suppose it will style this unhealthy… I’m sorry I’m all the time telling you to eat it,” and it made me snort so arduous.
☆ Adrian (Alabama, U.S.A./Buyer Help, Fanclub Administration, MC)
Advice #1: Cup ramen
When my buddy’s co-worker visited Japan, they introduced again this cup ramen as a memento for the workplace however didn’t convey again sufficient. My buddy missed out on it and bugged me incessantly to convey some again for him (lol). I visited him when his child was nonetheless solely a month outdated, and late within the night time, whereas the newborn was sleeping, we made 2 cups of it then stood within the kitchen furtively consuming ramen collectively (lol).
The place to search out it: Cup ramen may be discovered at any grocery store or comfort retailer!
Advice #2: Printed Japanese hand towels (Tenugui)