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5 Unique Gift Ideas Straight from Japan to Your Holiday Festivities

Not sure what to get for your friends and family this year? We’ve got the coolest Japanese present recommendations to surprise and delight them all!

Doing the Holidays the Japanese Way

‘Tis the season, and after having so many holiday celebrations canceled in recent years, Japan is getting ready to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and all the other winter celebrations with the rest of the world this year! Of course, an impromptu trip to Japan might not be your family’s go-to way to celebrate the holidays, but Japanese Christmas has grown to encompass gift-giving traditions and much more in the past few decades. Why not try adding some unique Japanese touches to your winter get-togethers this year, and finding the perfect gift from an unexpected source across the ocean? It’s easier than ever to order gifts from Japan these days, meaning you can quickly get your hands on everything from one-of-a-kind toys for the kids, to chic fashion from Japan’s trendiest brands. So get your bucket of fried chicken ready, and check out some of our favorite Japanese holiday gift ideas!

Presents for the Foodie

From the luxurious flavor of a fresh piece of maguro sushi, to the satisfying crunch of piping hot tempura straight from the oil, there’s a lot to like about Japanese food. Japan is full of unique delicacies, local flavors found nowhere else, and cookware perfected over centuries of use. Is it really any surprise that the country of carefully forged and polished katana swords is now renowned for making exquisitely beautiful and high-quality chef’s knives? Whether the foodie in your life likes to cook, or just likes to eat good food, Japan has a lot to offer.

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Presents for the Music Lover

Looking for a gift for a music listener? Maybe even a musician? We’ve got suggestions for both!

For centuries on end, Japan has been creating its own traditional music with instruments borrowed from foreign cultures and made purely Japanese over time, leaving the country with a rich musical culture that continues today. You’re less likely to find modern J-pop artists playing the Japanese shamisen or a traditional flute, but Japan has still developed its own sound within the genres of pop and rock. Japanese bands have fans all over the world, who would love to get their hands on the latest releases, but anyone who loves listening to new music won’t regret giving Japan’s unique music a listen!

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Presents for the Anime Enthusiast

These days, anime (AKA Japanese animation) has found its way around the world, and it’s so common outside of Japan that it’s not unusual to see English-speaking kids chattering about the latest episode of Pokemon, or Hollywood celebrities discussing their love for Ghibli movies. But for big anime lovers, there’s no doubting that Japan is the best place on Earth to find rare anime goods, and the coolest merchandise from each and every show.

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Presents for the Fashionista

Japan is known for a range of fashion encompassing Tokyo street style, Harajuku girls, and even ultra-minimalist, androgynous styles, but no matter what trends are in for the season, tourists are often impressed by how carefully styled people get for everyday outings. Whether the fashion-lovers seem to vibe with Japan’s kawaii aesthetic, or their look leans more towards the timelessly simple, they’re bound to love the creativity of Japanese fashion and cosmetics brands. Why not add a piece to their wardrobe they could never get back home?

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Presents for the Toy & Game Fan

Looking for the cutest toys for kids? How about retro video games and trading cards that would be the crown jewel of any grown-up’s vintage collection? When it comes to anything falling under the umbrella of “play,” Japan is the place to get it. Surprise your little ones with adorable characters and colorful kids’ games, or treat a video game lover with the latest tech and the coolest retro titles. Then grab a Japanese board game or two, part of a blossoming local industry, to play with friends and family over the holidays!

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This Year, Give a Gift Like None Other!

No matter what your friends and family are interested in, there’s bound to be a special gift from Japan that will make their holiday season this year! So take a look at our recommendations, which range from Japanese snacks and cookware, to this year’s fashion trends and pop hits, plus everything to be found in the world of toys, games, anime, and more. And for even more ideas, be sure to check out all our other shopping recommendations from the past year!


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