Two weeks in Japan can result in quite a lot of souvenirs, especially in my case. Our hotel room was already itty-bitty, and even more so after two long weeks of excessive souvenir accumulation! From “omiyage” (gifts from our friends in Japan) to snacks, from useful items like mugs to not so useful items like plushies….there’s certainly a lot to cover!
Mugs & Kitchenware
If you know me, or follow me on social media, you might have noticed how much I love mugs, and coffee in general. I have quite the collection and it’s my favorite thing to buy on vacations. There is just something about mugs that tell their own little story and I get to relive the experience when drinking my morning coffee out of them.
Starbucks makes a line of mugs called the “You Are Here” collection and they are without a doubt my favorite. While the mugs can be a bit redundant in design, their quality is quite nice; the paint doesn’t chip off like some mugs I have had from random souvenir shops. So Starbucks recently released a line in Japan called the “Japan Geography series” to revamp the designs (they do this every so many years to change it up). My favorite out of the three I purchased is the Kyoto mug. I guess it’s just my liking of black clashed with the red, that you can find all over Kyoto, that speaks to me so much.
I regretted not buying this sushi mug the last time I was in Japan, although the one I saw didn’t have a handle. Since I work at a sushi restaurant, I had to have this mug and I made a point to get my hands on it this time. No regrets!
The Year of the Rooster mug! I had seen Starbucks release these every Lunar New Year and had always wanted to get one, but it seemed at the time that they were only sold in Asian Starbucks stores, although I think this year you can now buy them online in the Starbucks store. What!? Of course, the one year I was able to get one in stores!
There were a few other Ghibli mugs available and I wanted them all, but I settled on only buying one, so I got my favorite Ghibli film, My Neighbor Totoro! It was seriously such a hard choice.
I also have quite the plushie addiction as well, that has been growing out of control. Trying to talk Colt into building a shelf or two to display… Beware, I kind of went crazy with the Pikachu’s.
Bought this Pikachu at the Kyoto Pokemon Center and thought she went well with this doorstep in Gion.
The cutest Pikachu ever. I should have bought the Luigi version as well….
Runner-up for the cutest Pikachu ever. Not only is Pikachu dressed as Meowth, but it also resembles a Lucky Cat!
Picked up this mini Mt. Fuji on the trip back from Numazu. Mt. Fuji holds so many memories for us now.
We tried winning a giant Gudetama plushie from one of the popular claw games, but I swear it was rigged. So I found a slightly smaller one in an anime store and had to buy it to appease my anger at the rigged game.
An adorable Totoro with a leaf.
Colt bought me this insanely cute “tako” plushie. “Tako” is octopus in Japanese.
Just some random items that don’t really fit in a category….
Huge Gudetama fan that I am, I racked up on quite a lot of Gudetama things. A phone case, lots of Gudetama keychains, a sweatshirt, a lock, a hanging bag (?), and a purse/backpack. Some of things I received from my Sanrio Lucky Bag I bought in Harajuku and somehow I luckily ended up with a lot of Gudetama things.
Last trip to Japan, I had a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and couldn’t find any super cute cases for it. I vowed that I would get an iPhone solely for all the adorable cases Japan has for them. And guess what? I have an iPhone 6S Plus this time and once again, in the same boat. Except for the Gudetama case I lucked up with. So next time…..
Since none of the Pokemon stores we visited had almost nothing Mankey or Primeape, which is the Pokemon Colt says I am most like, I had to resort to buying the one thing they had: a pin. Sadness.
Also pictured with the Mankey pin are two rather pointless, but cute gacha items. They rest on the rim of your cup. Pretty cute and pretty pointless, but what gacha items aren’t?
One thing I love about Japan is their abundance of cell phone accessories. These are little charms that dangle from your phone that you insert into the headphone jack. There are actually more charms sold that come without the headphone jack insert, so I found a connector to use the charms that only come on a string. I hope that made sense.
Furoshiki! It’s literally just a decorative cloth that is commonly used for wrapping gifts or lunches. This one I bought is a mini Year of the Rooster furoshiki. Too cute not to purchase, even if I don’t ever use it.
- Matcha Alfort Biscuits
- Sakura Matcha KitKat’s
- Purple Sweet Potato KitKat’s
- Wasabi KitKat’s
- Wasabi Rice Crackers
Here are a couple gifts I received from my Japan friends. It’s a popular custom to give each other gifts from where you are from or where you visited. First off, there are the handkerchiefs with their unique, beautiful designs. The two calendar designs came with my kimono from Mori-san. And last there is the Mt. Fuji art from Dr. Yoshida’s friends wife. I told her it was very pretty and she decided to give it to me! Not at all the expected response.
Other Souvenirs Not Pictured or That I Forgot About When Taking Pictures….
- Pikachu Skytree stickers
- Gudetama New Year’s stickers
- Japan flag sticker
- Mt. Fuji sticker
- Dragon Ball stickers
- Onigiri stickers
- Onigiri magnet
- Onigiri keychain
- Onigiri molder (to make onigiri at home)