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Japan is an amazing place, and it’s for good reason that there’s a high demand for Gifts for Japan Lovers out there – it’s just such an easy place to fall in love with. From the amazing food culture, to anime and traditional clothing and food styles, there’s really a lot of room for digging into the rich culture of Japan. If you or someone you know is just totally into everything Japan, and you want to add a little Japanese flavor to your next gift or decoration – look no further, we’ve found some of the coolest Japan Gifts out there!
25 Cool Gifts for Japan Lovers Who Love Weird Japan Gifts
We’ve split them up into a couple simple groups so you can find what you’re looking for more easily. There are food related Japan gifts, lifestyle gifts, and finally tea and drinking gifts. So, take a look, you’re guaranteed to find something they (or you!) will like!
Food Related Gifts for Japan Lovers
Food is a big part of Japanese culture – from sashimi, to sushi and ramen, everyone around the world knows about how amazing Japanese food can be? I mean seriously, who hasn’t seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Netflix?
Like the Germans, the Japanese are stereotypically efficient. The Bento Box is a perfect example! It’s a two leveled lunchbox that can carry your or your kid’s food to wherever it needs to go be it lunchtime at the local elementary school or on a picnic into the forest. The two layers of the bento box (one of which is partitioned again) mean that you can fit three different sections of food in here and keep them all separated. The only question now is will you start with sushi or curry?
One of the really cool things about visiting Japan is you find there sooo many snacks that you’ve never seen before, it’s hard to figure them all out! If you’re a Japan lover and want to get the full variety of snack possibilities out there, this is a great gift – you can try them all out (there are 21 different snacks in here!) and then buy more of the one’s you like the best! Or just get another pack, that works too.
What an awesome little figurine! It’s a very serious looking sushi chef creating a delicious piece of sushi. But that wouldn’t be unique enough for anything Japanese, would it? So, this figurine is solar powered – and wherever you place it, be it on your car or in your office, solar power will cause the sushi chef to move his arms and show the action of creating his sushi. It’s both cute and funny, but be careful because it might remind you frequently of how awesome and delicious sushi is.
This ramen bowl makes me hungry for some ramen just looking at it! It’s 5 inches wide and 4 inches tall, so while it’s smaller than what you might expect walking into a Pho restaurant, it’s the perfect size for a delicious bowl of ramen noodles. And we all know any true Japan lover should have started trying to make their own in-house ramen and sushi a long time ago, so this is a perfect addition to their culinary toolbox.
For those that are true aficionados of Japanese culture, they may have noticed that rice is a pretty common food choice in Japan. Whether you’re using it to cook up some sushi, or if you just need some rice to pair with your curry dish – a rice cooker is needed. And the great thing about it is there is literally nothing easier than using a rice cooker, it’s fool proof!
A lot of guys are into Japan. And they’re also into sushi – these socks which come in a stylish black have sushi rolls stitched into them. Great choice for guys who love socks as much as they love Japan!
These bamboo chopsticks are far cooler than the standard bamboo wood chopsticks you see – they have cool Japan inspired designs on them. They’re in a set of five, so you can be fairly sure when the Japan lover you know gets them, they’ll be able to use them for a while before they end up losing all the pairs.
There’s a lot of ways to add a little Japanese flavor to your house or style just by getting a few simple items that have that Japanese style flavor. If you want to add a bit to your wardrobe or home, these are some great gifts to try out, and make your life just a little bit more Japanese!
Cherry blossoms are a famous part of Japanese culture, and many Americans became familiar with their subtle beauty after they were gifted to the US by Japan following WWII. This is a really cool ornamental light set that is 10 feet long and has 30 LED cherry blossom lights on it. They can give a room a really nice ambiance and combined with other ornamental Japanese house fixtures, you can give a room a very Japanese vibe.
For lovers of Japanese culture, it can sometimes be strangely difficult to actually get a handle on the culture itself, rather than just the cultural artifacts that are created by it (like Hello Kitty.) This book is a really modern, hip summary of what’s going on in Japanese culture that is a great gift for lovers of Japan because it gives you a nice overall view of the culture. There’s tons of photographs and it will probably make you laugh more than a few times as well.
Everyone needs to relax a little right? A great way to do that is to get into gardening – but we don’t always have that option, such is life. This is a really cool mini Zen garden that’s perfect for a kid’s (or adults) room or office. It brings in a strong Japanese vibe and can help provide some order in an otherwise chaotic life! The best part about this mini garden is that you can move the pieces around and create different atmospheres, all without watering!
You may wonder why this good luck charm is in the form of a cat. Well, there’s a story behind it that you may be able to figure out if you pick up the Geek in Japan book, but long story short – there’s a folk tale about a little kitty saving a mans small business because he was generous to it. Hence, little kitty good luck charms – there super cute and maybe they will bring you some good luck too!
These bath salts bring you the famous hot springs of Japan right into your own home. Unlike a bubble bath or perfume, these do more than just give you a bit of aromatherapy – they also infuse the bath with minerals to promote circulation. Everyone deserves a hot bath from time to time, and this bath salt set is the perfect choice for someone who is also into Japan – the art on the box would be worth it all by itself!
This Japanese Koi patterned Duvet cover is the perfect choice for giving a bedroom that Japanese vibe. Combined with a tapestry and some cherry blossom LED’s, it will feel like you’re in Japan for sure. So, if you know a Japan lover who is just going off to college and needs some things to fill out her dorm, this is a great choice! It’s available in different sizes.
This tapestry is really amazing. It’s fully polyester so it’s easy to pack it up and move from dorm to dorm or house to house and can be washed no problem. The design of the tapestry is a wale jumping out of the water, with a sunrise in the background. The contrast of the colors is great, and did I mention, this thing is HUGE!
The wooden room divider is a staple of Japanese interior design. They often feature artwork, as does this one – it’s a beautiful mixture of Koi and black lotus flowers. If you need to add a little privacy to your room or just want to section off a part of it, you can’t do it in a more classy and Japanese way than this. Even if you just want to put it along a wall, it’s a great addition to a Japanese themed room.
Koi are a staple of Japanese design and ponds. They’re supposed to be lucky, especially for wealth. This necklace has a clear glass face that has imbedded in it two koi fish, which almost look like they’re kissing. It’s elegant and simple – kind of like Japanese design, right?
The Great wave is a famous Japanese painting featuring a huge wave in the foreground and a famous mountain in the background. This mousepad is made with characteristic Japanese quality, as the edges of it are stitched so as to prevent it from fraying the day after you buy it. Perfect for the desktop of a Japan lover!
If you’ve ever wondered how bonsai trees are grown – the answer is slowly. This set gives you an organic tree and seed packets to start to grow your very own bonsai plants. It’s a really cool set that is great for people who are into hands on activities, and come on, who doesn’t find bonsai trees fascinating?
The lucky cat charm is a staple of Japanese culture, and it’s always a good idea to hang a little lucky charm around the rear-view mirror of your car. It’s a good way to bring the love of Japan into your vehicle and not just in your living space! Aren’t these cats just irresistible?
Tea drinking is a long-standing part of eastern culture and, well, so is drinking sake. If you want to bring in some Japanese style to your drinking – whether it be tea or alcohol, here are some awesome gifts to make it happen!
This sake gift set is perfect for the lover of Japan and also sake – which is surprisingly delicious if you ask me. It comes in two color choices, either orange blossoms and sun or pink – and it includes one sake bottle and four cups. These cups are really ornamental and even if you don’t want to use them to drink sake, you could fill the cup with another drink of choice – or even just place them next to the window for strictly ornamental purposes. It’s up to you!
Many of you may have heard about matcha, which is a really nice drink that comes from Japan. It’s a bit like instant coffee for tea – except its super high quality and has great health benefits. There’s a bowl for the tea itself, a bamboo whisk and scooper, as well as a holder for the whisk so that it doesn’t drip everywhere when you’re done drinking the tea. Part of the fun of drinking matcha is there’s a ritual process to it which is a fun part of Japanese culture to learn.
Very cool tea set that has a wide and flat profile. The teapot is red and gold, and has Koi patterns on it. The set includes everything you would expect in a true tea set, both a resting stand for the teapot, a lid, and leave shaped saucers for the two teacups that the set comes with. This is a great gift either for tea lovers or lovers of Japan, and when it is not in us it can be placed in a viewing area as a beautiful piece of kitchenware.
This product is pretty cool. It’s a mix of sake and white chocolate Kit Kat flavors – so if you’re looking for a gift for Japan lovers that has a bit of kick to it (and we really mean a bit, there’s only 0.8% alcohol in this bottle) this may be the perfect gift for them. It’s a cool novelty item that is a great addition to the liquor cabinet or into the sake jar of any Japan lover.
These teacups are made from ceramic and all feature different designs on them. Making each of them unique and identifiable by their user. I would just say that also makes them particularly well suited to shooting sake on Japan lovers’ night, but that might not be appropriate.
If the Japan lover you know is into drawing mangas we’ve got some gifts for drawing artists as well. Everybody has at least one person they know that’s just crazy about Japan. It’s understandable, Japan has a deep and unique culture that goes back thousands of years. Whether or not you share the love for Japanese culture, you’re sure to find a great japan gift in this list that suits the “everything Japanese” lover you know!
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