Dec 15, 2017
When it comes to souvenir shopping, one of my favorite spots to stop at when I'm in Tokyo is Oriental Bazaar. It's located on Meiji Dori, the same main drag that you'll see the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel and other luxury brands on. Fear not, though - the prices at Oriental Bazaar won't give your wallet a hit like some of those other designer stores.
One of the best things about Oriental Bazaar is that it's easy to spot - it has quite a traditional looking facade amidst all the glossy, shiny and new stores you'll find in this neck of the woods.
Here are some of my favorite finds (or things that traveling friends and family have really loved) that you can find at this treasure trove for all things Japanese.
If you want to pick yourself up a kokeshi doll to start a collection with, they have loads of them here at Oriental Bazaar. There are various different kinds, but I personally love ones that are adorned with flowers, like this sakura inspired one.
Folding Fans (Sensu)
If you're trekking through Tokyo in the summer months, you'll know how necessary one of these is to carry along with you. They have a pretty collection of them here, and even if you're not thinking about needing one in winter they're great gifts if you have loved ones in the Southern Hemisphere like I do.
I'm such a fan of fun socks for gifts. They have so many great designs at Oriental Bazaar - my favorite were these sushi tabi socks. Adorable, right?
Kimono or Jinbei
If you want some traditional threads, they've got you covered there too. There are a range of beautiful kimono (check the price tags though - some are several hundred dollars worth!) and even jinbei for the little ones. Again, the jinbei are more appropriate for the warmer months, but you can always pick some up in advance.
Anyone who has been in Japan a while probably understands how easy it is to accumulate coins in a quick manner - especially those large value 500 yen coins that add up rather fast. A fun coin purse is always a good way to wrangle them, and they have plenty of those here to choose from.
How long has it been since you've put pen to paper and sent a note to someone back home? Buy a few postcards, go get yourself a few stamps, and write something - you can easily show someone that you're thinking of them, without it taking a significant amount of time. They have loads of postcards at Oriental Bazaar, and who doesn't love getting some mail that isn't a bill?
DIY Bonsai Kits
If you've got a bit of a green thumb or know someone who does, one of these super cute DIY bonsai might make a good gift for them. They're already wrapped beautifully so they'd be ready for gift-giving right away.
One thing I love about Japan (of the many things!) is the love and appreciation of tea here. Oriental Bazaar has some great tea sets, as well as other bowls, lacquerware and more. There are plenty of designs to suit just about anyone's tastes.
If you are in Tokyo, checking out Oriental Bazaar is a must do if you're after some unique Japanese pieces for yourself or for people in your life. You can find their location on the map below.
After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!