Top Japanese Gift Ideas For 2020

Japan has nice stuff. Interesting clothes, anime paraphernalia, traditional stuff, modern stuff. So you don’t get overwhelmed, here are some ideas for gifts for Japan lovers.

So first thing you need to decide is what kind of Japan stuff are you after? Different people love Japan for very different reasons. Would you like a traditional Japanese arts present? A Japanese pop culture gift? Do you love Kawaii culture? Muted-tone Japanese aesthetics? Minimalism? Riotous colorful Japanese culture? Let’s attempt dividing these disparate things into some categories.

We also have lists of Japanese gifts for her, gifts for him and gifts for Sushi Lovers.

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How to Choose A Gift For A Japan Fan

First step is to figure out what category of Japan lover you are buying for. 

There tend to be a few different main types of Japan lover. Here’s how you can roughly divide these groups:

The “Otaku” Japan-Lover

This is the “nerd” Japan-Lover. 

The Otaku tends to be into the anime, manga, and tech sides of things. Some Japanese gift ideas Otaku types include:

My personal favorite is Sushi GO! Card game

The “Zen" Japan-Lover

This Japan fan is characterised by love of Japanese traditional and more refined arts. Steve Jobs loved traditional Japanese design, and it influenced the minimalist design of Apple products.

Gift ideas for the “Zen” Japan-Lover include:

The Modern Japan-Lover

The "Linguist" Japan-Lover

Here is a list of some of my favorite Japanese Language Resources. Maybe your linguist love one would like something from there?

Cool Japan Stuff

Let’s start with the fundamentals. Gift for a man? Socks is number 1 right? BUT, they don’t have to be the same old boring socks. How about a pair of anime socks! Totoro on your ankles anyone?

Or check out any of these Studio Ghibli socks.

Make your own mossball!
Buying a gift for a greenthumb? Or just trying to easily get a little green inside? This Kokedama moss ball kit, makes it super simple to get in on the Japanese moss action!

Gifts For Anime Lovers

We’ve put the emphasis on anime gifts that could be given to most Japanese anime lovers.

Japanese Home Gifts

japanese Kitchen & Dining Gifts

You eat lunch every day right? So why not eat from a lunch box that gives you pleasure. Food tastes better out of a nice box. Especially a nice, natural wooden box. Mmmm, bento box.

If your loved one is a tea swiller, then they need a a good cup. If they like matcha, they’ll also need the whisk and spoon. This gives them everything they need for great tea in one pack.

We’ve alsogot posts about tea whisks and Japanese tea sets

Kintsugi is the art of fixing cracked items with gold. The idea is to celebrate the cracks in a long cherished item. So a kintsugi piece of pottery is a great gift as a symbol of the value in celebrating connection, even in adversity.

Many peopel have grasped the symbolic beauty of Kintsugi. This book uses the idea of Kintsugi as a metaphore for living life. Self-help for the Japan lover.

Japanese Lamps

There’s no quicker way to transform the feel of the room than with lighting. These Japanese style lights emit a warm, subtle light that can make an otherwise bland space into something magical.

This lamp combines the charm of a traditional style lamp with modern connectivity. The best of both worlds.

If you are thinking of getting a Japanese lamp as present check out our Japanese lamps guide

Japanese Zabuton Cushions

Japanese people love to sit on the floor. Zabuton style cushions aid with that. This one has a beautiful, muted tone design.

These zabuton cushions are well padded and would be particularly well suited to meditation.

For more Japanese Decor ideas see this page 

Japanese Clothing Gifts For Him

Japanese Tops

A simple, understated yet modern linen men’s jacket

For the sophisticated Japanophile.

There’s something a little “Yakuza” about this one.For those that like to make a statement.

Hanten

Wearing a padded hanten is like walking around wearing a blanket. These things transform winter, and look very trad Japanese to boot

Wearing a padded hanten jacket is kind of like wrapping yourself in a quilt. No more dragging your bedding around the house. This one is in a striking “Montsuki” insignia style

Jinbei

Jinbei are some of the most free flowing garments you can wear. They are made to circulate air and keep you comfortable in a range of situations, most notably after bathing or as sleep wear that can also be worn outside.

Foxtume have some great Jinbei including this one with full dragon design on the back.

The Seigaha pattern is classic in Japanese design and clothing. This Jinbei pulls it off beautifully.

More jinbei can be found here.

Kimono for men

Who said Kimono are just for women. Not the Japanese that’s for sure. This one is a modern take on an ancient garment.

This Kimono is closer to what we associate with feminine Kimono, but recontextualized for the male form.

More male Kimono can be found here.

Naruto Tops

More Naruto Hoodies can be found here.

Japanese Shoes

Does your special someone like the film Princess Mononoke? Now she can go a little wild, with a Mononoke style necklace!

Sometimes you can express your fandom with a hoodie or a t-shirt. Sometimes you need to become your heroes. This Totoro onsie can help with tha.

More Japanese shoes can be found here.

Japanese Masks

The Japanese street clothing label BAPE has swept the world. Almost like a virus. So it makes sense that they have masks too. This is one is trad-pink for the ladies.

This mask has the distinctive BAPE mouth design.

More Bape Masks can be found here.

Japanese Fashion Books

Japanese Cosplay Gifts

Ready to move beyond Japanese everyday wear? If you have an Anime Otaku in your life, then some of these should be of interest.

Howl from Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle film was pretty stylish and not against making a statement with his jacket. Now your special someone can too!

Does your special someone like the film Princess Mononoke? Now she can go a little wild, with a Mononoke style necklace!

Sometimes you can express your fandom with a hoodie or a t-shirt. Sometimes you need to become your heroes. This Totoro onsie can help with tha.

See our Cosplay gallery here.

Midnight Diner Merch

If you or a loved one are a fan of the show Midnight Diner 

For fans of the, now on Netflix, Japanese TV series Midnight diner. This shirt has “Meshiya” written on it, meaning “restaurant” and is the same as the sign at the front of the shop in the show.

Zeigo Tsunekichi Suzuki Album

This is the album the Midnight Diner opening theme song was originally released on. It is sold on the Japanese Amazon and can be sent to most places worldwide.

Gifts for Sushi Lovers!

These ye-olde sushi tubs bring a rustic feel to the whole sushi making process. Fill it with everything else you need, and it’s the perfect gift for sushi fans.

Japanese Language Gifts

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The famous Pimsleur program is one I’ve used a lot and found very helpful. If you want to get something for your Japanese learning male friend, this one’s solid.

Another way, potentially cheaper than an online membership, to do the Pimsleur Japanese course is to buy the lessons on CD. This one also looks better in wrapping paper…

Cute Japanese Gifts

Let’s start with some cute things from japan. We’ll also include some anime gifts for her.

Sometimes you can express your fandom with a hoodie or a t-shirt. Sometimes you need to become your heroes. This Totoro onsie can help with tha.

This is a Kiki’s Delivery Service style bow, but it could be a harajuku kawaii bow too depending on how you wear it.

Japanese Randoseru School Bag

These Japanese school girl’s bags, called randoseru,  have become popular in the west of late after several hollowood stars have taken to shouldering them around the streets. 

We’ve got a Japanese schoolbag randoseru page here

If you are thinking of getting a Japanese lamp as present check out our Japanese lamps guide

Japanese Clothing Gifts For Her

Wearing a padded hanten jacket is kind of like wrapping yourself in a quilt. No more dragging your bedding around the house. This floral one is distincively Japanese and feminine.

If you’re special someone is a language fan, why not gift them a Japanese Language course? pimsleur is one of the longest running, most reputable courses out there. Millions of language learners can’t be wrong.

The Japanese street clothing label BAPE has swept the world. Almost like a virus. So it makes sense that they have masks too. This is one is trad-pink for the ladies.

This mask has the distinctive BAPE mouth design.

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I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records.

ピータージョセフヘッドです。4年間京都市立芸大の大学院として日本に住み、6回日本で音楽ツアーをし、日本語能力試験で1級を取得しました。要するに日本好きです。

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