souvenir (omiyage)

Shikamaro-kun Choco-Mochi Sweets: Nara’s Delicious ’Deer Poop’ Souvenirs!

Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my slight obsession with Shikamaro-kun, the oh-so-cute yuru-chara (mascot) of the Nara City Tourist Association. As such, any sort of chocolatey snack with his face on it was a sure sell and I left Nara with a collection of Shikamaro-kun mochi sweets to try. Mochi Author’s…

Kakinoha-zushi: Nara’s Local Delicacy that is a Must-Try for Visitors!

Each area or prefecture in Japan has it’s own delicacies, and Nara is no different. The Nara region (near Osaka and Kyoto, in Kansai) is famous for its kakinoha-zushi, which translates as ‘persimmon leaf sushi’. This delicacy is a must try for visitors to the city, or a possible option of omiyage to bring back…

The Latest in Bizarre but Tasty Japanese Kit Kat Flavors: Sake Kit Kats!

Even though Kit Kat is a brand of chocolates originally from the United Kingdom, Japan is known for its wide assortment of Kit Kat flavors which are unique and cannot be found in other parts of the world. Some of the flavors that have been produced by Nestle Japan include edamame (soybean), matcha (green tea),…

Dos and Don’ts: Gift Giving and Reciprocation Custom in Japan

In Japan, gift giving is often incorporated with different situations. Whether it be for a wedding, a child’s birth, or even confinement in a hospital, you will receive gifts from your Japanese family or friends. So in Japan, when you receive a gift, it is important to reciprocate the act to express your gratitude to…

3 Classy Souvenirs to Really Impress Your Loved Ones!

Finding the perfect souvenir for your family and friends is a hard decision to make. There are many things you can give them ranging from food, handicrafts and even clothing. However, have you ever thought of which souvenir your family and friends would really appreciate? If you’re planning a trip to Japan and would like…

5 Traditional Japanese Souvenirs that Leave a Long-Lasting Impression

When you visit Japan, you will come across the uniqueness and genuineness of its proud culture. Below are a few goods that give you a feel of Japan in its appearance itself. These are among the best souvenirs that you can have or gift. 1. Furin, Japanese wind chimes   View this post on Instagram…

3 Sweet Souvenirs from Hokkaido

After all the touring, eating and outdoor activities in Hokkaido, you’ll definitely need some souvenirs to purchase before heading home. There are so many essential sites and happenings such as the snow festival which makes it a perfect place for tourists to travel to. It is also a great opportunity for souvenir shops to sell…

Japanese Toy Store Kiddyland: 5 Unique Experiences You can’t Get Anywhere Else

Are you on the last leg of your Japan trip but can’t seem to figure out the perfect souvenirs for your friends and family? Or maybe you just adore kawaii Japanese characters and fine-quality products? Well, there is a place just for you, a place of wonder and imagination, of nostalgia and innovation. If you’re…

5 Great Souvenirs to Wow and Impress When you Come Back from Japan!

Souvenir shopping can be a pain. Everyone wants something from your exotic trip abroad. Worse still, if you live in Japan, people at home always want you to send cool stuff back. The goals are: light for shipping, not readily available abroad, and of course, the WOW factor. 1. Origami Paper Origami paper can be…