Sunday, December 20, 2015

Souvenirs and Pasalubong from Japan

What to look for when in Japan? I honestly do not know when it was us in there. everything seemed so nice and wonderful. But often time when you grab a hold of something, other stuffs get your attention. Which is pretty normal. A lot of cellphone charms and keychains, and memorabilia, and souvenirs and bags are sold in the Namba Walk, Dotonbori Shops, and almost all Tourist spots. Foods and chocolates and even mochi of different flavors are also popular Pasalubong from Japan.

There are really cute charms but they go for no less than 400 Yen each. lucky if you find one with a price tag of 300yen or less. I really doubt that!  Sample below is taken from the Takoyaki Museum. These takoyaki charms are all over the shopping area, and they basically cost the same. if you want one, just budget them at 400 yen each.


Well I have learned though, that you can buy cheap pasalubong only in Daiso. They have almost everything! from Home or kitchen items to Geisha doll replicas and stationary. For 108Yen, or just about 40 pesos, you can already bring home an item from Japan one for each of your friends. =)

First on your list: Every friend of yours who love to eat Ramen, and loves to eat egg, would also love this pasalubong. Its an EGG TIMER. cook perfect medium boiled eggs like they do in Japan. =) I have tested it, and yes it worked perfectly.

Also in Daiso are good Japan Souvenirs, for only 1000 yen per Doll, you can already give your Inaanak one doll each straight from Japan! :D These are replicas and some replicas sell for 5000Yen to 30,000 yen in some old towns in Japan.

Next are Kit Kats. There are a lot of Kitkat flavors found only in Japan. Most famous of this is the Green Tea Flavor. =) Go to Dotonbori and head to the Don Quixote shopping center for the best deals on KitKat. They sell it 3 packs for 760 Yen. Other shops sell 1 pack for 268Yen. This also is lowered to another 8% since tourists can buy tax free in Don Quixote.

Premium Strawberry KitKat

Unique Flavors of Kitkat only in Japan is the Green Tea, Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake (boxed with a Mt. Fuji Design) and the Cheesecake Flavor. I am not sure about the Premium Dark Chocolate Flavor but it sure was packed differently here too.

Strawberry Cheesecake

For your best of friends, your Ninangs you can go buy them a more expensive but really cute Solar Maiko. Like this one. It costs 1500 Yen inside the Airport and its the cheapest. In tourist spots its at 1650 Yen.

For your classmates, and officemates - you can bring them tasty goodies too - they are good but just really bulky. :P These are like the local "Shanghai" or "Lumpia"Chichirya we can buy for 1 peso. But they tastes better. These are available in Don Quixote, 1 pack at 30 pieces for 288 Yen.

Additionally, there's this Unique Oreo green tea filled snacks at Daiso for 108Yen. Too bad Daiso does not offer tax free shopping. haha

If you see this in the building around Dotonbori, you are in the right track. =) That's the Don Quixote.

Namba Walk
Shopping Center
For the Techie Friends and Family, you can go to Yodobashi and grab some of the headphones. They are at least 20% cheaper here in Japan. Also Camera Accessories are the best here - for less too. 8% discount on tax is applied for tourists as well. I bought myself 2 headphones here at on 1600Yen each.  They even cost the same as the solar Maiko! ha ha Casio Watches are available, Baby G, etc are at a lower price too. If you use a visa card, additional 5% discount is applied. =)

Japanese Love sweets, desserts actually. When you go by Kobe, they have a lot of stalls in the tourist spots that offers Mochi of different flavors. We kind of tasted a lot of these for free. They are always no less than a thousand yen per box. But some flavors are good. Dark Chocolate and Strawberries are the best. If you want to go classic, the red bean paste never go out of style.

With That, Domo Arigato Gozaimasu for reading! =) Happy Shopping! =)

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