After visiting all the tourist spots that Japan has to offer, the trip would not be completed until the tourist brings along with him or her some giveaways that that particular person could bring to his or her relatives back home. And along with the rich art and culture of Japan, the list of possible giveaways would really go on a very long line. But if that particular person would really like to bring home some giveaways, it would be such a great souvenir to bring home particular goodies that truly represent Japan. Perhaps a kimono, samurai sword, a kinchaku, or even a Japanese toilet because we know how much we love the heated seats! With that being said, it is essential to know what particular authentic Japanese giveaways tourists should bring home for whomever they would like to give the thing to.
Through the course of time, Japan has been known for their very unique and exquisite cuisines. And with these very unique and exquisite cuisines are the most renowned eating utensil of the Japanese which is the Hashi or most commonly known as the chopsticks. Although the chopsticks are also used in China, the Hashi of Japan is most known for its difference in the length and shape. The Japanese were the first to create and use shorter chopsticks. They have also developed chopsticks that are cylindrical shaped. To add more Japanese touch to the giveaway it would also be advisable to bring some Japanese foods as well.
Another known authentic Japanese item that tourists could bring home would be the world renowned Kimono. The Kimono is one of the most vividly artistic garments that Japan has to offer. The kimono is generally made of silk and has different styles of embroidery. Although the kimono might be quite pricey, it may still be worth the cash that tourists could pay since the materials used are top-class. Added to that, this particular garment is commonly used during special occasions such as weddings and other Japanese ceremonies.
Tourists could also bring home with them an ancient craft wherein its origins could be dated back sometime in the 14th century. This particular ancient craft is the Sensu or the folding pan. It is one of the most popular crafts that represent the rich Japanese heritage. There are several artwork shops and novelty shops in Japan and almost all of them sell custom made sensus. There are also several variations in the forms of custom-made sensus but the most common shape would be the half-circle. The sensus has different variations of designs as well which would range from paintings to simple use of foil to make it shiny. These custom made sensus are not necessarily just for cooling up people. The custom made sensus could also be used as decorations at home.
Ramen is one of the most popular food specialties in Japan. It is typically a noodle dish with varied soup flavors. The main components of the Ramen would be the broth or the soup and the Chukamen or the noodles. The chukamen is made of wheat flour and an alkaline solution known as kansui. Ramen comes in very many varieties. The varieties would differ from each other in a lot of aspects. The variety of the Ramen would depend on the differences between the flavors of the soup, the texture of the noodles, the toppings included, and other ingredients incorporated.
There are four known kinds of Ramen, which are categorized by their soups. One of the most popular kinds of Ramen in Japan is the shio ramen in which the soup is flavored by salt and common spices. There is also the shoyu ramen where in the soup that soy sauce and other spices flavor. As for the tonkotsu ramen, the juices from a thoroughly boiled pork bone flavor it. It also has a distinct texture and color in its soup, as it is creamy and white. Another known kind of ramen is the miso ramen and from its name itself, the soup is flavored by miso.
With those particular kinds of ramen being said, there are certain ramen restaurants in Japan that are popular for serving those kinds of ramen mentioned earlier and other variations in ramen recipes. The Kyushu Jangara Ramen in a town called Harjuku in the city of Tokyo is popular for its different tonkotsu recipes. The most inviting thing about this particular restaurant is that diners could choose from their different excellent toppings, which add more to the variation and taste of the tonkotsu. Meanwhile, the Akanoren is known for preparing their hakata style ramen within 3 minutes. And although people might think that their ramen is not good since they may think that the preparation was rushed, then they better think again since Akanoren serves the best hakata style ramen in the country. Suzuran in Shibuya is also popular for their miso ramen but they are most known for their variations of chukamen.
Japan is ecstasy for shoppers. The choicest shopping ranges from high-tech electronic gadgets to underground markets. The sidewalks are crowded with everything from faux designers to upscale boutiques. This paradise offers large department stores, fashion boutiques, cameras, traditional crafts and wood block prints.
You can shop at duty-free shops in the airports, and if you want tax-fee shopping, it’s available in urban areas. Tokyo is the best place to shop in Japan. Shopping in this place follows similar molds in cities while the villages and towns sell mainly authentic vases, crafts and jewelry.
The commencing of the Roppongi Hills complex saw 10 million visitors in two months. It consists of hotels, movie theaters, and four level shops. The place is known as the “Rodeo drive” of Tokyo. This is a shopping place for the upper-class people. Though it is a well-known place to shop, it is very expensive and considered a place to max out your gold card. You can see weekly Japanese block parties, vendors selling puppets, numerous art galleries in Ginza district. In addition to that, Tsukiji market is famous for the morning seafood auction. The market sells wide varieties of seafood.
Department stores open on all holidays. Each store closes one weekday each week. Shopping hours in Japan are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A 5% tax is charged as consumption tax in Japan. It is also fun to visit sales stores which are held in January, July, August, and December.
Kokeshi Dolls: These are popular dolls in north Japan. They are made of wood turners and have a tradition of 200 years. Dogwood or Maple wood is used to make these dolls. They are made of cylinders to which a round head is attached and painted with non toxic vegetable dyes.
Some of the interesting shopping spots that you can enjoy shopping are the Ginza area, Shinjuku area, Harajuku or Aonama area, Shibuya area, Tokyo midtown, and Vinusports, Aqua City Odaiba, and Decks Tokyo beach.
So you are in the land of the rising Sun for a holiday, business trip or perhaps you live here but have never thought about going to a gym before. Well like every large city in the world, finding a gym is very easy. However they can be fairly expensive and if you prefer lifting free weights rather than machines, then most of the chain gyms probably won’t be for you. There are of course many small more “hardcore” gyms, though these might be difficult to find and use if you speak little to know Japanese, but certainly not impossible. However the option(s) I go for are to use the public gyms that are maintained by each of the Toyko city wards. If you have a look at the website for the ward you should be able to find details for the public gyms within the ward.
The only downside is that the equipment varies greatly from gym to gym, though you can just shop around and see which one suits your needs. Aside from the training rooms, there is often a swimming pool and an in door training area/running track.
Even if you don’t speak Japanese its easy enough to use the facilities, most if not all of the gymnasiums have a ticket machine where you buy a ticket for whichever service you want to use. Reading a bit of katakana will make this easier, though you can always just ask the staff to help you out. It won’t be too difficult for them to figure out what you need. Perhaps doing the universal sign language movement of an arm curl would help…or make you look like a crazy person, the risk is yours.
The other option that I have used on occasion is to use one of the small swing parks you will come across in residential neighborhoods. These provide various opportunities to train outdoors, doing chinups, pullsup and reverse rows. The layout of these parks is very hit and miss, some are amazingly well equipped others have nothing but a bench. Take a wander around your neighborhood and see what you can find.