Makanai Gold Face Mask
In Kanazawa where gold leaf manufacturing has been popular since ancient times, it is said that “applying gold to an affected area on your skin will cure it” and “gold which is rested on your forehead will melt any fever away.” Gift this fun full-face sheet of gold to a loved one with an interest in high-class Japanese beauty. Buy at all Makanai Cosmetics stores in Japan or online.
See MoreSeigado Matcha Bowl
Seigado is a high-end pottery and kitchenware store from Kyoto with hundreds of years of craftsman skills and wisdom accumulated to produce traditional items to enrich our life. Seigado’s matcha bowls are the perfect way to gift a true Japanese essence. Purchase online or at the Seigado store in Kyoto.
See MoreNousaku Kago Foldable Basket
Nousaku is known for their advanced casting techniques, expert knowledge and traditions that have been passed down through generations. This fun foldable basket comes in various shapes and sizes but bends easily to fit whatever purposes you have in mind. It can be a fruit basket, a wine or bread holder, or even a design on your wall — your choice! Purchase online or any Nousaku shops around Japan, including Matsuya Ginza and Nihombashi Mitsukoshi.
See MoreKoh Gen Do Premium Beauty Oil
Another gift recommendation for J-beauty lovers. This premium beauty oil by Koh Gen Do is sparkling for the holiday season and will leave your skin equally luscious. Can be used on face, body and hair. Purchase online or in store at Koh Gen Do stores in Azabu Juban, Shin Marunouchi and other.
See MoreRyukyu Glass Necklace
Ryukyu glass is another traditional Japanese craftsman technique from Okinawa. It is said the technique was introduced after the second world war where glass was desperately needed in Japan. Japanese craftsman took any glass they could find (such as coke bottles thrown off American ships) and recycled it by melting it down and re-blowing it to create other glassware. These handmade jewels are a perfect way to present a gift of history and the beauty that has come out of it. Purchase online or in store at Chouhichi glass studio in Okinawa.
See MoreEdo Tsumami Earring & Hairpin Set
This special handmade set of earrings, hairpin and coat string by Himeko incorporates a traditional Japanese technique known as Edo Tsumami that involves the small foldings of cloth materials. These Himeko decoration products were wrapped to represent the frozen night sky and are a perfect gift for winter for anyone who likes to add a little something to their outfit! Purchase online.
See MoreAsakura Senpu Furoshiki
Furoshiki is a very popular Japanese gift. The name furoshiki (cloth wrap) was acquired during the Edo period where people would need to wrap up