After having your fill of checking out historic sightseeing areas, consuming scrumptious Japanese food, and taking pleasure in Japanese culture, purchasing keepsakes is the only sensible next action. However with a lot of alternatives, varying from inexpensive and scrumptious corner store treats to Made in Japan cosmetic products, you may be discovering it a little tough to pick. What would make your household, loved one, and buddies in your home truly pleased? Well, to fix that quandary, we’ve asked TOM members from abroad what their tried-and-tested keepsake options are. We hope these will assist you when you’re stuck!
Note: The products suggested and store info are precise since Fall 2020.
☆ Katie (Indiana, U.S.A./Translation Group)
Suggestion #1: Shiroi Koibito, Set Kat (Matcha), Tokyo Banana
My entire household enjoys sweet things, so Shiroi Koibito cookies make them the happiest! Matcha Set Kats and other distinct Set Kat flavours likewise typically get rave evaluations. Truthfully, anything with chocolate will simply get consumed (lol).
Personally, my preferred thing to reclaim is Tokyo Banana cakes. There have actually been rather a great deal of times when I brought some house and simply wound up consuming like half of them on my own (lol).
Where to discover it: I constantly wind up going on a shopping spree at the airport.
Suggestion #2: Japanese ornaments and treats from 100-yen shops
For the kids, I get ornaments like pouches and hair devices that “look Japanese” from the 100 yen store.
Likewise, the treats that they offer there are generally less expensive and can be found in smaller sized parts than the routine sized ones. Even if it doesn’t look like they would like it, they can a minimum of get a taste of treats that we don’t always have in America. Often I in fact head out of my method to get things that I understand my household won’t like (lol).
Where to discover it: There are lots of 100 yen stores in the Tokyo city location!
☆ Chris (Canada/Customer Assistance Group)
Suggestion #1: Pickled dried plum (Umeboshi), plum-flavored treats
My mommy truly enjoys umeboshi, so I purchase that and other plum-flavored treats. There aren’t numerous shops in Canada that bring things like that and even if they do, they don’t have numerous ranges either. So whenever I bring some back, she’s constantly truly pleased, though the rest of my household doesn’t truly enjoy them (lol).
Where to discover it: I constantly get some from corner store near me.
Suggestion #2: Calorie Mate
After Calorie Mate was included in Metal Gear Solid 3 as an energy bar, fans worldwide familiarized of it. So now, I purchase it for my player buddies back house. A few of them believed it just existed in the video game itself so when they familiarized that it’s a genuine food, they were truly surprised (lol).
Where to discover it: I get it at the corner store together with the umeboshi!
☆ Caroline (Singapore/Customer Assistance)
Suggestion #1: Chestnut cake (Kuri-manju) from Kogetsudo
My friends and family like Japanese sugary foods, however in the last couple of years, Japanese dining establishments and chains like Don Quijote and Kushikatsu Tanaka have actually been opening up in Singapore, so they aren’t extremely unique any longer. So just recently, I’ve been reviving regional specialities from the locations that I’m residing in.
The one that made my household the happiest was kuri-manju from a popular Japanese confectionery store called Kogetsudo, when I was residing in Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture. The bean filling has a mellow taste and is soft to bite through, and each manju had a whole chestnut in it. Simply thinking of it is making me drool. If you get to take a trip to various areas in Japan, I certainly suggest purchasing the specializeds of those locations and bringing them house as keepsakes.
Where to discover it: You can get them at confectionery search Japan.
Suggestion #2: Dried ramen (Bou-ramen)
My father truly enjoys ramen, however he’s thrifty so he doesn’t truly go to ramen stores in Singapore considering that they’re quite costly. Understanding that, I got him 3-4 ranges of bou-ramen from a brand name that does local ranges of ramen, and consisted of ones from Hakata and Kurume. A year after providing to him, I got a message from him stating “I’m having the ramen you got for me for supper. It’s the last pack…” I had no concept he had actually been conserving them up like that (lol). Next time I’ll bring an entire lot back!
Where to discover it: They’re readily available in Don Quijote shops and grocery stores.
☆ Massiel (New Jersey, U.S.A./Translation Group)
Suggestion #1: Treats
Snacks are the only response, particularly those seasonal treats that are on sale for a minimal time or in particular areas! Refrigerator magnets or keychains generally enter your mind when individuals think of keepsakes, however it’s simple to get tired if that’s all individuals bring house, so I constantly bring treats house. Likewise, the advantage about Japanese treats is that there are a lot of ranges that I can pick various ones each time. For my moms and dads, I typically get rice crackers (senbei), and for my niece and nephews, Tokyo Banana. Often I likewise get Japanese confectioneries like daifuku and yatsuhashi!
Where to discover it: You can get them at the airport, however it’s certainly less expensive at Don Quijote!
Suggestion #2: Strawberry daifuku
My household liked strawberry daifuku one of the most. The very first time I brought some back, my niece and 3 nephews, who were 3 to 8 at that time, appeared so puzzled by them. To them, Japanese food indicated things like ramen and sushi, so the simple reality that there were sugary foods was currently something brand-new. Additionally, American and Dominican sugary foods are completely various from the textures and tastes of the mochi and red bean paste. When they initially had some, the faces they made were so amusing and charming that I will always remember them (lol). After that, it appears like they’re constantly anticipating what Japanese sugary foods I’ll bring them next.
Where to discover it: Any Japanese confectionery shop would typically have them!
☆ U (China/CHINA Operations)
Suggestion #1: DHC liver extract + Ornithine supplement
My dad’s business has a great deal of drinking celebrations and it’s rather a stress on his liver. Given that DHC’s supplements are widely known and it’s less expensive to purchase them in Japan, I constantly purchase some to bring house when I’m checking out. My dad even applauded me, stating, “Take a look at you purchasing presents for your moms and dads, you’ve matured well!” (lol)
Where to discover it: You can purchase the packs at any drug store!
Suggestion #2: monpoké Waku Waku tableware set
monpoké is a line of Pokémon-themed child products, and I purchased some to commemorate my cousin’s birth. It’s all microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe and it’s all stackable so you can keep them quickly. Plus, they don’t break quickly so they’re truly hassle-free to utilize. Above all, they’re truly charming too! I heard that my cousin was so happy with it that they began utilizing it the extremely next day (lol).
Where to discover it: I purchased it online, however you can likewise discover them at outlet store and other locations around Japan that stock monpoké products.
☆ Sam (China/Anime Merch Advancement)
Suggestion #1: Makeup
A great deal of my buddies in China truly like Japanese cosmetic items, particularly items from the widely known brand name Shiseido. Obviously, they’re happy to get the costly products, however they likewise truly like items that are distinct to Japan, like eye masks that will carefully warm your exhausted eyes with steam!
Where to discover it: You can get them at outlet store or drug stores.
Suggestion #2: Nattokinase supplement
I purchased this for my granny quite typically. Thanks to this supplement, she was familiar with how great natto is for the body and was constantly informing me to consume natto every day. When she went to Japan, I let her attempt real natto for the very first time and it wasn’t rather to her taste. She wound up informing me, “I didn’t believe it would taste this bad… I’m sorry I’m constantly informing you to consume it,” and it made me laugh so hard.
☆ Adrian (Alabama, U.S.A./Consumer Assistance, Fanclub Management, MC)
Suggestion #1: Cup ramen
When my buddy’s colleague went to Japan, they restored this cup ramen as a memento for the workplace however didn’t restore enough. My buddy lost out on it and badgered me continuously to bring some back for him (lol). I visited him when his child was still just a month old, and late in the night, while the child was sleeping, we made 2 cups of it then stood in the kitchen area furtively consuming ramen together (lol).
Where to discover it: Cup ramen can be discovered at any grocery store or corner store!
Suggestion #2: Printed Japanese hand towels (Tenugui)