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Light Up Paper Cities with the Stroke of a Pen

The special ink found in this pen conducts electricity, allowing you to draw circuits and create your own illuminated pop-up cities, houses or whatever else your creative mind can dream up!

13 Hot Souvenirs at New Chitose Airport

If you're looking to buy Hokkaido souvenirs, New Chitose Airport is your surefire stop!

Survival Japanese for Shopping

Since most shop clerks don't speak English, it's very useful to know a few sentences in Japanese to get what you want!

Take Home a Piece of Niigata

Savor the prefecture’s finest produce long after your trip is over!

Explore Kyushu on a Sightseeing Train

There are many sightseeing trains in Kyushu, with a wide variety of entertaining events going on in the trains and around the stations. We'll show you how to have much more fun than just looking out the window!

Kanpai with Kitty Cat Sake Cups

Let adorable traditional 'ukiyo-e' cat art add to your drinking pleasure with these Japanese sake cups featuring stylized kitties!

Magical Cloth Reverts Back to Origami Shape

No matter how much you stretch out this piece of cloth, it always comes back into its original crane form. See how!

12 Best Places for Unique Souvenirs in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the best places in Japan to buy authentic Japanese goods. Here's a handy list of some great Kyoto souvenirs and the best places to buy them!

10 of the Best Gift Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto is a great city to look for souvenirs, but personally, we think these 10 shops in Kyoto take the cake when it comes to bringing back a bit of Japan back home with you.

9 Can't-Miss Souvenirs from Tokyo Disneyland

If you have a chance to go to Tokyo Disneyland, you must check out these souvenirs. Don't forget to buy a gift for yourself too!

Nothing Says Love Like a Self-Harvested Pearl

Pluck out your very own pearl from one of the famous pearl oysters of Mie. Then make an elegant accessory as a special souvenir of your time in Ise!

Take Home Historical Memories from Nara

Win friends and score brownie points with your family by giving them these souvenirs from Nara as gifts!

Flavors of Japan: 10 Unique Cafés in Kyoto!

Explore the culinary gems hidden away in Japan's former capital and try the unique cafés to experience a combination of traditional and modern flavors.

Realistic Fake Food Bookmarks

If these bookmarks were any more real, you could eat them!

4 Best Spots for Cheap Souvenirs in Tokyo

Don't let Tokyo prices deter you from coming home with souvenirs—you just need to know where to look!

6 Fantastic Fuji-Inspired Papers & Textiles

Mount Fuji is the ultimate symbol of Japan—so who wouldn't want to own a few bits of awesome and useful Fuji stationery? Worry not, we've got the goods!

Take a Dip in Some Ramen Bath Salts

You may want to refrain from using these yummy-smelling bath powders when you’re hungry!

7 Prime Presents from the ¥100 Shop

These great items may only be ¥108 after tax, but your friends and family don't need to know that! And the quality's so good, they probably won't be able to tell!

Pocket-Sized Tatami Mats

These ingenious products give a fresh spin on traditional Japanese flooring.

All About Manneken Waffles

Love that fresh-baked-bread smell? In the Kansai area, you can savor the scent of freshly fried waffles at 18 train stations thanks to the famous Mannekin chain. Read on to learn all about these amazing waffles!

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