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Published on : Thursday, November 26, 2015
open the fridge door and get a friendly ‘ohayo’, or get scolded if you leave the fridge door open for too long… Japanese speaking friends or those studying will love having these critters welcome them every time they go for a snack! You can order them on the Firebox website.
BEST FOR JAPANESE CULTURE FANS – KOKESHI DOLLS
Kokeshi Dolls from the Japanese Shop The Japanese Shop sells an array of traditional Japanese gifts and souvenirs, but we particularly love their lovingly hand-painted kokeshi dolls. These wooden dolls, traditional to Japan, come in a variety of shapes or themes, but always maintain their carefully crafted look of elegance. Great for friends who are missing Japan, or who are planning a trip! Buy them on The Japanese Shop’s website.
BEST FOR FIRST-TIMERS – TRAINING CHOPSTICKS
Training chopsticks from the Japan CentreKnow a friend, family member of child who loves Asian food but struggles with picking up those tiny grains of rice? We all know someone who complains about using ‘sticks’ to eat a meal, so why not help them out along road to chopstick mastery with these cute training chopsticks from the Japan Centre?
BEST FOR BOOK WORMS – RICE, NOODLE, FISH: DEEP TRAVELS THROUGH JAPAN’S FOOD CULTURE
Rice, Noodle, Fish – book for Japan lovers
A foodie twist on your traditional travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture combines 195 colour photographs with tales of a 5000 mile journey through Japanese tea, tempura and tiny noodle bars to show you how to navigate the country by its glorious food culture. Available on Amazon.
BEST FOR DESIGN FANS – CAST IRON KETTLE FROM NATIVE & CO.
Cast iron kettle from Native & Co. Shopping for friends with style in abundance may have to involve a trip to Notting Hill’s Native & Co. – a specialist kitchenware and textiles shop selling products sourced from Japan and Taiwan. We love this simple, minimalist cast iron kettle made by Japanese designer Makoto Koizumi in rural Iwate prefecture in Japan. Japanese cast iron kettles are very common in Japanese households, and are believed to be key to a nice tasting cuppa! Buy online at Native & Co.
BEST FOR TEA-LOVERS – BROWN RICE GENMAICHA
Genmaicha from the Japan Centre The Japan Centre in London has quite a large selection of fancy and attractive looking teas, but this brown rice based ‘genmaicha’ particularly caught our eye with its attractive packaging. These teas make great stocking fillers (or perhaps something nice to put under the tree ‘For Me’!) Buy online from the Japan Centre’s website.
BEST FOR FOODIES – SUSHI SOCKS!
Sushi socks from FireboxThese sushi socks from Firebox make a great gift for fans of delicately sliced sashimi or nigiri. Choose from egg, mazusushi, octopus, red caviar salmon, shrimp or tuna! Buy online from Firebox’s website.
BEST FOR SWEET-TOOTHED FRIENDS – A BOX OF JAPANESE SWEETS DELIVERED MONTHLY!
Sushinoms treat boxes can be delivered monthly Got a Japan-loving friend with a really sweet tooth? Sushinoms will send a crate of Japanese goodies to your house for just £10 per month (depending on the plan you choose). Expect Kit-Kats, Pocky, Hai-chus and all the classic bests you’d find in 7/11, but from the comfort of home. Find out more about their hamper options here.
BEST FOR ROMANTICS – JAPANESE AFTERNOON TEA FOR TWO
Japanese afternoon tea for two If you’re more into experiences than physical gifts, how about trying an un-traditional, Japanese version of an afternoon tea at the 5* Courthouse Hotel in London?
You’ll get a mixture of sweet and savoury dishes (including sushi and green tea cakes) accompanied by Japanese plum wine, as well as tea. Afternoon tea for two is currently £42 online.
Source:- Japan National Tourism Organization