Fair warning: this is one of the biggest souvenir hauls I’ve had this year
One of my favorite parts of Japanese culture is their art of gift giving – there’s even a special word for it! Omiyage is a souvenir that’s specifically gifted to friends, family, and coworkers. However, it’s not just any regular souvenir from the tourist shop – omiyage has to be individually wrapped (usually in cute packaging) to make it easy to share. The first time I received an omiyage present was when my freelance clients, a small start-up from Japan, bought me “cat tongue” cookies* from Hokkaido.
The other reason why I love Japanese souvenirs so much is that they vary by region!
That’s right: if you visit a souvenir shop in Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Hokkaido, you’ll find souvenirs that can only be bought in that area – sort of like limited edition goodies. Paris has Eiffel Tower keychains, Amsterdam has wooden clogs, and Tokyo has … Tokyo Banana treats. That didn’t make much sense, did it?
Anyway, check out my Japan/omiyage haul below, and let me know your favorite. ♡
*-No cats were hurt in the making of these cookies
**-Sorry for the photos in advance, my usual backdrop was taking a vacation ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Continue reading