Hi everyone! Japan and Japanese culture is a big thing over here these days, there are so many people who enjoy all things Japanese themed, so we’ve done our thing again this week and we’ve compiled a list of the Top 15 Japan Lover Gifts. Any lover of Japan would LOVE something from our top picks, so here we go…

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Sushi Making Class For Two (Yo Sushi)£50

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These gift ideas for Japan lovers is for those who seemingly already have everything.  Or even for those who prefer experiences over material gifts.  

If you want to gift something unusual, you can buy gift vouchers for sushi making classes at selected Yo Sushi restaurants around the country!

On top of that, it’s really not that expensive so why not join on with the person you’re gifting for 😀 It’s £30 for one person, or £50 for two of you!

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Japanese Calligraphy Set£34

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Japanese calligraphy originated from Chinese calligraphy. This is one of the reasons why you may end up finding more Chinese calligraphy sets than Japanese.  This set in particular is very nice and comes with all the necessary tools to take part in this therapeutic art.   

Alternatively, you can buy a set of simple brushes here. 

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Matcha Green Tea Set£49.98

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When it comes to tea sets, you can either set out to buy a simple tea set on it’s own.  Or you can find tea sets that come with tea.  If you know someone who likes their “Matcha Tea” (this is a really strong type of green tea), then this would be a great gift idea! 

It’s a beautiful single mug,with the tools to do your very own tea ceremony at home!

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Japanese Sweets Hamper£22.92

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You’ll probably have seen tonnes of different subscription boxes around, and of course there are a good handful which make great Japan gifts! You can usually find a dedicated service, however if you’re looking for something simple I would recommend this simple yet effective snack box. There’s all sorts of different Japanese sweets in here! 

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Origami Paper Set £10.99

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Origami paper can would make great Japan gifts for your creative loved ones. I used to know someone who carried a little pack of origami paper wherever he went.  He would just make little origami animals and was really quick at it too! I remember trying to make a paper crane once… It… did not go well.

You can get this little instructional kit to teach you. And it already comes with 120 sheets of paper along with ideas on what to create. 

FUN FACT: Did you know there’s a legend that anyone who makes a thousand origami paper cranes will be granted a wish? 😀

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Natural Wood Japanese Chopsticks£7.49

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There are a lot of different chopsticks out there, but if you know a Japan Lover, they’re sure to love anything authentic.  You can find a lovely variety of chopsticks at the Japan Centre Store for that extra bit of authenticity. 

Alternatively, as you can see here, this is a really lovely set of 5 chopsticks.  Perfect for a Japan fan! 

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Kanzashi (Japanese Hair Pins)Prices Start From £11.99

Kanzashi is a traditional Japanese hair pin.  They are usually styled after flowers, and there are a few different types.  Some are more intricate than others.  They’re used in traditional Japanese hairstyles.  

This is just a few really beautiful gift ideas for Japan Lovers!

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Butterfly - £11.99
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Sakura Flower - £19.99
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Phoenix - £11.99
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Maneki Neko£8.25

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You’re probably wondering what a Maneki Neko is.  It’s a lucky cat which brings good fortune to it’s owners! 😀 They come in different forms, and colours and each colour signifies a different type of luck.  This is the most popular one.   This is battery powered and the batteries are not included. 

Perfect For: Adults Him Her

 

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Cook Books Prices Start From £11.99

Do you know someone who really enjoys Japanese Cuisine? Then you can’t go wrong with a Japanese Cuisine Cookbook.  These are a small selection, and my personal recommendations.  I have all four of these, and they’re my absolute favorites. The top one being Tokyo Cult as it offers a really lovely history of some of the dishes.  Overall it tends to just be full of authentic recipes.

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Tokyo Cult - £12.47
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Yo! Sushi - £16.99
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Wagamamas - £11.81
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Just Bento - £11.99
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Men's Yukata£38.57

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A Yukata is a traditional Japanese garment.  They are essentially a summer Kimono, and are available for both men and women.  This would make a great gift idea for someone who loves Japan’s diverse culture.

They’re made of a lighter fabric as summer wear. 

Perfect For: Adults Men

 

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Bento Box'sPrices Start From £13.39

If you’re not sure what a bento box is, it’s essentially a Japanese lunchbox.  Like many things in Japan, there is an art to creating a beautiful and tasty bento box.  It’s a really creative way of making your lunch exciting! It’s a definite change to the usual sandwich and crisp pack lunch…

The difference between a bento box and a normal lunchbox is that with a bento there are different compartments for your food. Allowing you to keep certain things separate like your fruit and main meal.  There are all sorts of accessories you can buy for them too. 

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2 Sets - £16.99
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2 Tier - £15.99
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Wooden - £13.39
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Maiko - £17.84
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Japanese Tea Set £52

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This cast iron teapot would make a great addition to any Japanese tea lovers collection. This set comes with a teapot, trivet stand, 2 cups and some loose leaf jasmine tea.  It really is the complete package, and makes for one of the nicest Japanese gifts for the home.

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Japanese Chef's Knife £65.97

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If you know someone who loves cooking, then Japanese Chef Knives could be right up their  street. These would make great gift ideas for Japan Lovers, as well as anyone who has a flair for food.  They’re well made and usually last a very long time.  They’re a must have for big fans of cooking as well as of course Japan! 

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Kintsugi Kit£123

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Kintsugi is the art of embracing broken pottery, by using gold or silver lacquer to to fix the imperfection and improve it.  It’s a truly beautiful art form, with a wonderful message.  Anything that’s been broken can be made beautiful again, and I absolutely love this concept.

As well as the repair kit, there are also plenty of books on this subject. I would recommend this book on the art of kintsugi for those who are feeling troubled.  Or are looking for a creative outlet.   

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Sake (Japanese Rice Wine)£36.96

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Sake is Japanese rice wine, and it is SO good.  You can either have it warm, or cold.  It’s typically warmed in the winter months, and cold in the warmer months.  At certain times during the year you can get certain flavored sake. “Ginjo” itself is a grade of sake, the term usually means it’s a premium grade of sake. 

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Honourable Mentions

The following Japanese Themed gifts didn't make it into our Top 15 picks, but we think they're still worth a mention...

Kimono £53.56

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Kimonos are a traditional Japanese garment for women, and come in all kinds of patterns and colours.  They resemble a very luxurious silk dressing gown.  They can be very delicate.  This one in particular is a beautiful kimono robe.  They usually come in one size only but they can be adjusted or altered depending on aspects like height. 

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Sushi Rice Ball Molds£10.99

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What better gift to go with your bento box gift, than rice ball molds! You can get them in all sorts of shapes.  I’ve got several, in the shapes of pandas, cars, fish etc…

They make a cute addition to anyone’s lunch, and a way to make your lunch super creative! 

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Katana Bookends£22.99

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Now this is one of the coolest Japanese gifts.  Katanas were Japanese swords used by Samurai in feudal Japan. I thought this was quite a cool gift to get someone who wants to subtly show their love of the culture.  They’re definitely fun little display pieces for your home!

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Bonsai Tree £29.99

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Bonsai trees are so relaxing to have around the house, they’re so little and fairly easy to keep alive (even for me!).  These make great gift ideas for Japan Lovers.  Bonsai is a Japanese art form and technique where you grow small trees that replicate larger ones. 

You can either buy them already grown in a lovely pot, and they just need to be tended to and looked after.  Or you can buy bonsai growing kits.  I would only really buying the kits if you know someone who is a keen gardener.  

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Letter Opener £19.95

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If only you could open up your mail in style with a Samurai sword, well now you can with this wonderful letter opener! The stand and the case make this really stand out and it would make a great little display for an office desk.

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Matcha Green Tea SnacksPrices Start From £1.20

This isn’t just a gift for those who like Japan, Matcha tea has become very popular in recent years.  To be honest, I find it a bit of an acquired taste.  There are some brands of green tea I prefer over others. Matcha Tea tends to be a bit stronger than your average green tea.

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Matcha Pocky - £3.20
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Matcha KitKat - £4.70
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Matcha Biscuits - £1.20
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Matcha Assortment - £32.99
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Sushi Plush Teddy£29.90

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These little plush toys make great Japanese gifts for a fan of the cuisine! Japanese plush toys in general tend to be quite cute, and I especially like the little face on this one. If you know someone who loves Japan and/or sushi, this is a really cute gift to get them.

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Japanese Whisky Tasting Set £32.95

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There are a number of different whiskies out there. But if you’re looking for something special for someone who loves Japan, then this Japanese Whisky tasting set is perfect

Japanese Whisky is a specific type of whisky developed and produced in Japan, and is much like that of scotch whisky.

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Japanese Wooden DollsPrices Start From £14.99

Japanese wooden dolls are popular hand painted dolls, usually carved from cherry wood.  I would recommend getting these for a younger Japan fan.  You can usually buy them for fairly reasonable prices.  And there’s also little kits you can buy where you can paint your very own!

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Kokeshi Doll - £18.62
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Set Of 5 - £14.99
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