Japanese traditional crafts to purchase as souvenirs

Oct 11, 2023

Japanese traditional crafts to purchase as souvenirs

Choosing souvenirs for your loved ones back home can be tough, as everyone has different preferences when it comes to souvenirs. Some of them want Japanese sweets, and some of them prefer to have Japanese traditional crafts as souvenirs.

The toughest challenge is to choose the right Japanese souvenirs for your friends and families back home, because there are a lot of different types of traditional crafts to purchase in Japan.

This feature will introduce some traditional crafts to purchase as souvenirs when visiting Japan!


1. Geta

If you know their shoe size, how about purchasing a pair of geta for your friends or family?

Geta, or known as zori, are traditional sandals that are worn together with yukata or kimono. The main feature of Geta is its clip-clop noise as you walk down the streets, and you can find tons of them at the souvenir shops in Asakusa, Kyoto, and other parts of Japan with a traditional shopping area.

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2. Magewappa bento boxes

Magewappa is a traditional craft originated in Odate, Akita, and it has been around Japan since the Edo period. It is made by weaving thin sheets of hinoki cypress and cedar wood together, creating durable and aesthetically pleasing goods like bento boxes.

Magewappa bento boxes usually come in an oval shape, but these days, you can find them in several different shapes, like cherry blossom or heart.

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3. Edo Kiriko

Edo kiriko is a Japanese traditional craft originated in Tokyo, and it is one of the most famous traditional glasswares in Japan. Glasses are cut into beautiful designs, creating stylish and gorgeous glass pieces like sake cups, whiskey glasses, champagne glasses, and vases.

A piece of Edo kiriko costs around 5,000 yen, and it is a wonderful souvenir for those who love drinking.

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4. Kanzashi

If you’re looking for Japanese traditional hair accessories, you might want to take a look at Kanazashi, a hair accessory that is unique to Japan. Kanzashi comes in various designs, and the price of kanzashi with casual designs is around 2,000 yen.

The traditional kanzashi, which is more authentic, and usually used by the Geisha, can be found at the kimono shops. These authentic kanzashi usually cost from 5,000 yen to 10,000 yen depending on their styles.

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5. Furin

Furin is a Japanese wind chime that is usually hung under the roofs in the summer. Japanese love to enjoy the melody produced by the glass bell as the wind blows it gently, and you can find these beautiful glasswares at interior shops like Tokyu Hands and Nitori, or at souvenir shops in Asakusa or Kyoto.

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