Shopping

Japan is a shopping paradise with a wealth of stores selling everything from traditional souvenirs and local food to the latest electronics and hottest fashion brands. Both domestic and foreign brands are represented, as are stores for all budgets, from the 100 yen shops to high-end fashion boutiques and department stores.

Sensu Folding Fans

Japanese fans are world-renowned for their beauty and delicacy. They are also functional, too. A high-quality folding fan made in Kyoto (the ancient capital of Japan) which is the birthplace of SensYukatau is practical and tasteful, making them the perfect gift, especially if you want to avoid heavy objects in your luggage. There are several types of fans specifically designed for various purposes and ceremonies so make sure you ask the shopkeeper/sales clerk for more details about them.

Okimono

An Okimono may be a small Japanese carving. Okimono were purely decorative and were displayed in the tokonoma. An Okimono can be made out of wood, ivory, ceramic or metal.

Okimono were normally not larger than a few centimetres. They depicted all sorts of animals, mythological beasts, humans, gods, fruit, vegetables and objects, sometimes combined with each other, in all sorts of positions. Sometimes a scene was portrayed as well, either a daily scene or from a s Some Okimonos were inspired by a group of objects and were supposed to be shown together as an ensemble.

Japanese dolls

Japanese dolls are one of the traditional Japanese crafts .For Indians Japan means land of dolls. There are various types of traditional dolls, some representing children and babies, some the imperial court, warriors and heroes, fairy-tale characters, gods and (rarely) demons, and also people of the daily life of Japanese cities. Many have a long tradition and are still made today, for household shrines, for formal gift-giving, or for festival celebrations such as Hinamatsuri, the doll festival, or Kodomo no Hi, Children's Day. Some are manufactured as a local craft, to be purchased by pilgrims as a souvenir of a temple visit or some other trip.

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Yukata (Summer Kimono)

Yukata sets are very common in tourist areas like Asakusa and Akihabara. They are exactly what they sound like: a set that contains a yukata, an obi, yukata strings (himo) and geta (the shoes). Some come with the small bag as well. These are especially nice for kids, and the kids' sets are cheaper. Also they will look super cute.

Daruma Doll

Daruma doll is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.

Maneki Neko

The maneki-neko literally "beckoning cat"is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calicoJapanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in—often at the entrance of—shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning.

Electronics

Everybody knows that buying electronics in Japan is a serious must-do but the epicentre of this sort of shopping is undoubtedly Akihabara, Tokoyo’s ‘Electric Town’. Of course Japan has countless electronic shops but this area of the capital has the greatest concentration of them and you could easily while a whole day away there. This area has the latest gadgets – but not necessarily the cheapest. Still, if you’re hot for a new mobile phone, iPod, MP4 player, DVD player or even a gadget you’ve never heard of before, Japan – and especially Akihabara – is the place to go to. It even has its own underground stop.

Omamori

Omamori are Japanese amulets commonly sold at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, dedicated to particular Shinto kami as well as Buddhist figures, and are said to provide various forms of luck or protection. The word mamori (守り) means protection, Originally made from paper or wood, modern amulets are small items usually kept inside a brocade bag and may contain a prayer, religious inscription of invocation.

Pearls

Pearls are produced by oysters In Japan, pearls have denoted wealth and class for thousands of years, prized for their rarity and beguiling lustre.. In 1893, Japan became the birthplace of pearl cultivation when Kokichi Mikimoto, founder of the famous jewellery company, successfully managed to coax a semi-spherical gem from an oyster for the first time.Since then, the Mikimoto family has improved on the technique and Japanese cultivation now yields high-quality pearls in a variety of sizes, colours and shapes for elegant pearl .

When people talk about Japanese pearls, what they usually mean is pearls from Akoya oysters, which are found in the waters around Japan. Akoya pearls are characterised by their delicate hue and refined lustre. They come in pink, silver and cream and tend to be slightly smaller than other saltwater pearls, with diametres of 5-7mm being most common.