30 Japanese Gifts for your loved ones

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Japan is an astonishing country. With all its people, religion, tradition, and culture, it surely is a must-visit country for many foreigners. Some even choose to stay there and live. So it isn’t a surprise if you say that your friend or loved one is fond of Japan and its culture. And you can’t help but think what type of Japanese gift should you give them that will make them treasure it forever. Well, we have come up with the top 30 best Japanese gifts you can take for your loved ones who love Japan.

1) Japanese Candy Assortment

Japanese candy assortment
Japanese Candy Assortment

Taking food as a gift is a tradition in Japan and is a generous way of showing that you care. And for a lover of Japanese culture, this food should be no other than Japanese candies and chocolates. In this assortment, there are in total more than 25 types of different Japanese sweets that you and your friend can explore. There are various varieties of sweets (sweet, salty, sour, and spicy) that come in this package. Just seeing this assortment will make their mouth water. This may just be one of the best Japanese gifts they ever receive in their life.

2) Shushi Socks as Japanese Gift

sushi socks as japanese gifts
Sushi socks

If your friend is a sushi fan or a fan of Japan in general, a fun gift to give him/her would be sushi socks. This is a funny gift that will become a source of laughter. This high quality and beautifully designed socks are made and packaged in such a way that they resemble real sushi. If your friend is in need of a new pair or if you want to give them one nonetheless, then this sushi box will be a perfect Japanese gift for them.

3) Kimono robe(women)

Yukata for women
Yukata (women)

If you have a woman as a friend who loves Japan and its culture, you should gift her this Kimono. Kimonos are traditional Japanese clothes worn whenever there is a traditional event or a festival. The company that makes these Kimonos uses quality grade silk material and unique floral patterns that look beautiful and captivating. These Kimonos further features removable waist-tie closures with belt loops. Women usually wear this over a top and denim jeans without waist-tie that looks awesome.

4) Yukata robe(men)

Yukata for men
Yukata (men)

If you have a male friend who is a Japanese lover, you can gift him this stunning Yukata which is traditionally worn by Japanese in the summer months. Yukata are usually less formal than a Kimono and are lightweight. The fabric used in this cloth is 100% cotton and is a made in Japan product.

5) Wooden Chopsticks (reusable)

Chopsticks reusable wooden
Reusable wooden chopsticks

Giving chopsticks as a gift to Japanese lovers has become a norm in western countries. While giving chopsticks as a gift can never be out of fashion, knowing what type of chopsticks to gift can make a big difference. Each pair of reusable chopsticks in this package are made up of premium grade wood: Rosewood, Ebony wood, Boxwood, Chestnut wood, and Cherry wood. Also, these chopsticks do not contain any BPA, PVC, or phthalates and are clean and safe for eating purposes.

6) Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit

Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit
Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit

Do you know that the word ‘bon-sai’ is Japanese which means “planted in a container”? This tree has a long Japanese and Chinese history of how it came to be what we see now. If your friend is into plants and trees, you should give them Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit as a gift. This kit features everything you would need to grow a Bonsai tree all on your own.

7) Japanese Style Table Lamp

Japanese Table Lamp
Japanese Style Table Lamp

One Japanese gift that you can take to your friend is a Japanese table lamp. This table lamp illuminates a particular room and gives off a beautiful intensity of light. The lamp looks elegant and will be the best fit as a decorative item in their drawing-room or on a bedside table. It is 6.3″x6.3″x11″ in size and comes with a cord length of 5.24 feet. Easy to install and use.

8) The Just Bento Cookbook

The Just Bento Cookbook
The Just Bento Cookbook

Is your Japan loving friend a foody and loves to cook and try new dishes? You can give them this awesome The Just Bento Cookbook. Nowadays, many people are trying this Japanese recipe and incorporating it into their meals. This Bento dish is said to be very tasty and is both economical and healthy. We are sure that your friend will love this gift and perhaps may cook you this meal next time you went to their house.

9) Tokaido Board Game

Tokaido Board Game
Tokaido Board Game

This can be a fun and exciting gift for your friend and you. Tokaido is a famous Japanese board game played by millions of people around the world. You must know that Tokaido was the name of the historic route between Kyoto and Ado. The board is based on this route and can be played both ways. Also, this is a multiplayer game and can be played by 5 players at a time. The main object of the Tokaido game if to have the richest experience along with the journey. So, take this box of joy as a Japanese gift to your friend if he/she loves board games.

10) Japanese Flash Cards

Japanese Flash Cards
Japanese Flash Cards

If your friend is learning Japanese and you want to help him/her in some way that can make the learning easier and efficient, take this Japanese Flash Cards with you. These cards teach you Japanese words and phrases in a fun and easy way. Definitely gift this one if your friend is going to visit Japan anytime soon.

11) Japanese Coffee Maker

Japanese Coffee Maker
Japanese Coffee Maker

Morning coffee can make your day energetic and bring you to focus at work. And for a person that loves Japan and its culture, coffee can become more delicious if it is made the Japanese way. This 5 cup coffee maker would definitely come at the top of Japanese gifts when it comes to being useful. This coffee maker is imported from Japan and its upper bowl, lower bowl, and burner are all made from super heat resistant borosilicate glass from Hario. Also, it comes with a manual that tells you how to make a delicious coffee in no time.

12) A Geek In Japan Book

A Geek In Japan Book
A Geek In Japan – Book

If your friend is a fan of anime, manga, or zen, this book is a must-have for him. A Geek in Japan features a wide array of topics that is hip, concise, and smart. Also, this book comes with sidebars and photographs that show the lively culture of Japan and its people. This book is for anyone who grew up seeing animes like Pokemon, Bleach, Naruto, and so on.

13) Japanese Ceramic Noodle & Rice Bowl

Japanese Ceramic Noodle & Rice Bowl
Japanese Ceramic Noodle & Rice Bowl

This classy matte ceramic bowl is a beauty to the eyes and enhances your table by giving it a cultural look. This 4-set bowl can be used for a variety of dishes like Ramen, Soba, Hiyamugi, Udon, and Somen. Furthermore, it keeps your dish well insulated and hot. This bowl will be a good gift for your friend if he constantly eats the dishes mentioned above.

14) Sushi Making Kit

Sushi Making Kit
Sushi Making Kit

Any person who loves Japan and its food must have tasted sushi at least once. And if they have, chances are they can’t get enough of it. Sushi is one of the best things that Japan has invented and we can’t thank it enough. If your friend is a sushi lover and can’t get enough of it, you must give him/her this Sushi Making kit.

This is a premium organic kit with all organic bamboo that is eco-friendly and bio-degradable, but most importantly, safe and clean to make sushis on and eat. This kit contains 11 pcs: 5 pairs of chopsticks, 2 rolling bamboo mats, a spreader, a paddle, a triplet sauce dish, and a serving tray that helps in the sushi-making process.

15) Folding Hand Held Fan

Folding Hand Held Fan
Folding Hand Held Fan

If your friend loves Japan, he/she must know the significance of a folding hand fan in Japanese culture. The Japanese folding hand fans have a long history and are believed to be invented between 6 century CE. These fans are an icon of Japanese tradition and its root origin lies not in China, but in Japan.

From Japan, the fashion entered China when the Japanese monk Chonen gifted the very first folding fan to the emperor of China in 988. Then in the 11th Century, it was further embraced by Korean people. Take this folding hand fan to your friend as a gift and a reminder of the long Japanese tradition and culture. They will surely love it.

16) Noren Curtain

Noren Curtain
Noren Curtain

There is a long tradition of hanging Noren curtain as fabric dividers that are hung between rooms, on walls, in doorways, or in windows. When these curtains first appeared in the Heian Period (794-1185), these curtains were mainly used in front of the doors outside shops to protect goods left there. Over time, they were used for various reasons in various places like in winter to keep their house warm or in the summers for shade against the sun’s scorching heat. They were also used to divide a room into two separate spaces.

Nowadays, these curtains are mainly used as a home decor item that makes your home look beautiful and culturally enriching. So take this Japanese Noren curtain to your friend as a gift that reminds him/her of Japanese art and culture.

17) Great Wave Off Kanagawa Canvas Painting

Great Wave Off Kanagawa Painting
Great Wave Off Konagawa Painting

The great wave off Kanagawa is the famous Japanese painting by ukiyo-e artist Hokusai that was published sometime between 1829 to 1833. This woodblock print is a famous Japanese art and is considered the most recognizable work of Japanese art in the world. Of course, the painting shown here is a replica and not the real one. Nevertheless, take one for your friend as a gift, they will surely love it.

18) Mini Zen Garden

Mini Zen Garden
Mini Zen Garden

A mini zen garden is the representation of Japanese rock gardens or “Zen garden”, that creates a carefully stylized landscape using 8 elements: bridges, island, stones, sand, water, waterfalls, and flower or plants. To represent water, Rock Gardens in Japan often use gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. Creating a Zen garden around your house is a promising way to reduce stress and improve your focus. It shows a sense of well being.

If you cannot make a real Zen Garden, then you may want to have a decor version of it. Take this Mini Zen Garden as a gift for your friend so that it shares in his well being.

19) Japanese Karuta Game

Japanese Karuta Game
Japanese Karuta Game

Karuta Card game is a very popular game in Japan and has been played traditionally during New Year’s Day since 1904. It is a one-on-one player game in which you have to quickly reckon what series of cards are required and then grab it before your opponent gets it. It has a much more complicated approach than explained here. If your friend loves card games and is a fast learner, you can take him/her this game as a gift.

20) Japanese Kit Kat

Japanese Kit Kat
Japanese Kit Kat

Nestle is a multinational company that makes its products according to every demographic. While we may have a Kit Kat version here that is not available in Japan. Similarly, we might not have eaten a flavor of Kit Kat that is widely available in Japan and is not here. So take this chocolate as a gift for your friend so that he can taste what Japanese candies taste like.

21) Shogi (Japanese Chess)

shogi japanese chess
Shogi Japanese Chess

Shogi is the Japanese version of Chess, but much more complicated. It is no exaggeration to say that Shogi is much more difficult than chess. Why? In chess, once a piece is taken out, you or your opponent can’t do anything about it. This is the exact opposite of what you can do in Shogi. In it, once a player captures an opponent’s piece, they can use that piece as their own. So the game becomes much more complicated and mind-bending progressing forward, contrary to a chess game, where the game becomes simpler when fewer pieces remain.

22) IUP Oh! Sushi Game

Sushi Game
IUP Oh! Sushi Game

Oh! Sushi game serves your classic games and rolls it into adorable sushi. In this game, you have to build a sushi tower and then have to strategically remove sushi pieces from between so that your tower doesn’t fall. That is not all! Every sushi block would contain a dare inside that when removed from the tower by the person, will have to be fulfilled by the said person. The dares can be of any type: funny, cringe-worthy, cheesy, and so on. You can also play other games like dominoes, Mahjong and more. A fun game for a get together and a fun gift to give to a person who loves Japan.

23) Sake Set

Sake Set
Sake Set

Drinking sake (“Nihonshu,” which means Japanese liquor) is a long tradition in Japanese culture when getting together or in festivals and celebrations. It is a type of liquor that is made by fermentation of rice that has been further polished to remove the bran. It’s said that sake was invented in China around 500 BC and found its way to Japan.

A sake set consists of cups and flasks that are used to serve sake. They are commonly made of ceramic or glass. Even if you are not drinking sake, you can use this set for any other type of liquor. One thing these cups are good at other than sake is taking shots as they are tiny and just big enough to make it interesting.

24) Japanese Ceramic Rice Bowl (Set of 4)

Japanese Ceramic Rice Bowl
Japanese Ceramic Rice Bowl

It is a Japanese tradition to use ceramic bowls for eating rice or soup. And a much bigger tradition to gift these sets of bowls on festivals and events like anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and so on. So take a set of this ceramic bowl to your friend at the event and he/she will surely thank you.

25) Cherry Blossom Snow Globe

Cherry Blossom Snow Globe
Cherry Blossom Snow Globe

Cherry Blossom is the national flower of Japan, commonly known as Sakura. In Japan, a Cherry Blossom tree is a symbol of spring and renewal. These trees start to give a pinkish shade when spring comes as the white flowers bloom with a pink shade near the stem. These are some of the most beautiful trees in the world to look at. Yoshino is Japan’s most famous cherry blossom destination and people come from all over the world just to get a glimpse of them.

So a snow globe that symbolizes spring and fleeting nature of life is always a good gift to take no matter if your friend loves Japan or not.

26) Japanese Kamidana Shinto Shrine

Japanese Shinto Shrine
Japanese Kamidana Shinto Shrine

A Shinto shrine in Japan is a place whose main purpose is to enshrine one or more Kami (God) in Shinto religion. These shrines are a holy place and are visited by Japanese people for worship. Shinto shrine’s most important structure is used for the safekeeping of very sacred objects and is not public for worship. That said, a Kamidana is a miniature Shinto shrine that Japanese people keep in their houses as a symbolic representation of their Shinto Kami. Take this Kamidana as a gift to your friend as a representation of Japanese tradition and heritage. They will be glad you did.

27) Custom Japanese Necklace

Custom Japanese Necklace
Custom Japanese Necklace

This custom name necklace can be a perfect gift for a special woman in your life who is a fan of the Japanese language. You can gift this necklace on almost any occasion be it birthdays, anniversaries, or Christmas. The chain is sterling silver with Japanese Kanji symbols summing up the name of your lady friend. A worthy Japanese gift.

28) Japanese Warrior Figurine

Japanese Warrior Figurine
Japanese Warrior Figurine

This Japanese warrior is a product of exquisite craftsmanship. This figurine is made of premium bronze powder mixed with resin and is handpainted in the bronze finish that gives it a premium quality antique feel. The intricate details in this figurine show the expertise of the craftsman and will be a good gift for your loved ones. This figurine can serve as a great addition to any collection and as a home decor item.

29) Spirited Away Puppet Music Box

Spirited Away Puppet Music Box
Spirited Away Puppet Music Box

Anime (Japanese animation) films are a large part of Japanese culture and extend to all parts of the world. Anyone who has ever seen an anime films knows what makes an anime so great and why millions of people watch it all over the world. If your friend is a fan of Japan, he/she may surely have seen one.

There is a reason why it is not just a cartoon but more than that. The depth of storytelling, awesome visuals, as well as its ability to grow with its viewers, are the fundamental reasons why everyone loves anime so much. And the film which tops the list is Spirited Away. Honestly, if you haven’t seen this movie, you are in for a treat. It is the best anime film ever made hands down.

Take this Spirited Away puppet music box to your loved ones if they are fond of anime films. This will surely be one of the best Japanese gifts ever given to them.

30) Japanese Solar Lamp

Japanese Solar Lamp
Japanese Solar Lamp

This Japanese styled solar lamp will be a perfect fit for outdoor decor purposes. You can put it beside the walkway or in the garden for lighting purposes. It gives 8 to 12 hours of lighting that is more than enough for every night. It houses 8 pieces of solar panel and rechargeable batteries with one super bright LED. A perfect outdoor Japanese gift for your loved ones.

31) Japanese Bushido Samurai Warrior

Japanese Bushido Samurai Warrior
Japanese Bushido Samurai Warrior

Samurai were Japanese warriors and an upper military noble caste in early-modern Japan from the 12th century till the 1870s. Though samurai no longer exist, their teachings and ethics are passed down in history and are deeply rooted in today’s modern Japan. The influence of these warriors still shows heavily in Japanese culture and tradition via castles, great gardens, and carefully preserved samurai residences.

Taking a samurai figurine as a gift for your loved ones would be a great way to show your appreciation of the Japanese samurai culture and tradition. Also, it’ll make a great addition to the collection for your friend.

32) Haku Mizunara Shoyu

Haku Mizunara Shoyu
Haku Mizunara Shoyu

Haku Mizunara Shoyu is made in Kyoto prefecture in Japan and is imported to the other countries. Shoyu is a type of Japanese soy sauce that is made from fermenting soybeans, salt, wheat, and water. But this shoyu is truly exceptional in the sense that it is aged in whiskey barrels that are made of Mizunara hardwood, another word for Japanese oak. The result is sublime, mellow, and flawless shoyu with a touch of sweetness that elevates and stimulates all your senses.

33) The Key To Kanji Book

The Key To Kanji Book
The Key To Kanji – Book

“The key to Kanji” is a great visual book for anyone who wants to learn Japanese writing form. Kanji in Japanese is used to write adjectives, nouns, verbs, and adverbs. There are in total more than 50000 Kanji characters out there. But the most important ones that are used 99% of the time are covered in this book. A great reference book for learners at any level.

34) Japan Flag Clock

Japan Flag Clock
Japan Flag Clock

Want to gift an item that stands the test of time? What about a Japan flag clock? This can be a fun and valuable gift for your friend who will remember you whenever they look at the time. The numbers in this clock are written in Kanji (Japanese writing form) but can be easily understood if you know where all the numbers go on a clock. The clock itself represents Japan’s flag with white enveloping the red circle with mount Fuji on it.

35) Japanese Dinnerware Set

Japanese Dinnerware Set
Japanese Dinnerware Set

If you are going on a big event that requires you to take a gift for a family, or for a couple, then this Japanese Dinnerware Set will be a perfect fit. Usually, you take these kinds of gifts when you go to a wedding or an anniversary. Nonetheless, there is no hard and fast rule about that.

This ceramic dinnerware set comes with 8 piece bowl and plates with chopsticks. It has Cherry Blossom design which is the national flower of Japan. A perfect Japanese gift for a couple who loves Japan.

36) Kokeshi Doll

Kokeshi Doll
Kokeshi Doll

Ever since ancient times, Kokeshi dolls have been an integral part of Japanese tradition and culture. Kokeshi dolls can serve many purposes. It can be a decorative item for your home, an addition to your Kokeshi dolls collection, a toy for children, or just an object of veneration and delight.

Kokeshi dolls are made of cherry wood for its darkness and for softer parts, dogwood is used. A Japanese maple, commonly known as Itaya-Kaede, is traditionally used for creating these types of dolls. A differentiating factor of these dolls is that they lack arms and legs and are plain cylindrical shape with arms and legs drawn on it. It can be one of the best Japanese gifts you can give to your loved ones that represent Japanese culture and tradition.

37) Japanese Tea Cup Set

Japanese Tea Cup Set
Japanese Tea Cup Set

If you have a friend who loves drinking tea, you can give them this 5 piece Japanese Tea Cup Set. As we use glasses for drinking any type of beverage, Japanese use different types of cups for different beverages. A tea cup, a soup bowl, a gravy bowl and so on. These types of cups are specifically used to drink tea and are usually made of ceramic.

38) Hakuhodo Makeup Brushes Set

Makeup Brushes Set
Makeup Brushes Set

If you have a lady friend who loves makeup, take this 3 piece brush makeup set as a gift with you. Hakuhodo is a Japanese company that specializes in making makeup objects and is considered very good at what they do. This makeup gift will surely make her happy.