50 Irresistible Made in Japan Products to Buy Now


50 Irresistible Made in Japan Products to Buy Now

by Lucy Dayman & Hans Liu | LIFESTYLE

The high-quality designs of Japanese artists and artisans can be frustratingly difficult to find on the vast Internet, especially if you don’t speak Japanese.

Here at Japan Objects, we have carefully curated 50 of our favorite made-in-Japan products you can easily buy online.

Browse through our home, lifestyle, fashion, accessories and beauty selections, many of which are handcrafted with a distinct Japanese heritage in mind.

All of these gorgeous things are made in Japan by ingenious designers, who not only tap into the nation’s long history of intricate craftsmanship, but also address everyday problems with innovative and artistic solutions.

Read on for some genuinely unique and user-friendly essentials! And for even more Japanese shopping guides, check out our Lifestyle page.


1. Jyo Ceramic Plate by Nikko Ceramics


For 110 years Nikko Ceramics has been producing elegantly crafted china from their kilns in Kanazawa, Japan, and have gained a reputation for innovative Japanese motifs and brilliant white ceramics. You can bring this same flair to your table with this bold ink-stroke design.


2. Maneki Neko Charm by Kotobuki


Japan is a country that loves its good luck charms. Typically known as omamori, these charms can represent anything from health, to good luck and good fortune, Why not give yourself a little luck with one of these adorable Maneki Neko Charm. These kitty shaped, Japan-made good luck symbols also make excellent symbolic gifts for friends too.


3. Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt by Blue Blue Japan


For centuries, Japan-made clothing has used this deep indigo color known as Japan Blue, extracted from the ai plant. Blue Blue Japan carries this legacy forward, using traditional dyes and techniques to tailor their warm and casual clothing. The cotton-jersey fabric of this Mount Fuji print T-shirt is designed to become softer and even more comfortable with age.


4. Matcha Start-Up Kit by Tealyra


Japanese tea-making is a tradition that’s been passed down through countless generations, but there’s no reason you can’t replicate the art of a Japanese tea ceremony in your own home. This start up macha kit contains everything you need to try making your own delicious macha tea right now, including the bamboo whisk and scoop, the ceramic bowl and of course the tea itself.


5. Mount Fuji Cherry Blossom Yukata


Still dreaming about the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms? This yukata is artisan-dyed in Kyoto and showcases refined landscapes of cherry blossoms atop the majestic mount Fuji. Now you can always luxuriate in their delicate allure regardless of the season!

(The Smithsonian Store is not currently accepting orders, they'll be back soon!)


6. Shining Wing Statement Earrings by Chrysmela

 Shining Wing Statement Earrings by Chrysmela

These lavish Swarovski crystal earrings are ingeniously designed by master craftsman Masaaki Takahashi, using the samurai craftsmanship of Yose-Mono that embeds the crystals securely in place with minimal extra weight. The earrings also come with removable earring locks by Chrysmela – a groundbreaking Japanese invention that solve the painful problem of missing earrings once and for all!


7. Sushi Kappa iPhone Case by Shibaful


This textured iPhone case series was inspired the lush lawns of Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, and the Mill Ends Park in Portland. Created by the team at Shibaful, the cute Sushi Kappa design features a bold little sushi motif nestled in the green Yoyogi-inspired grass, you can’t get much more Japanese than that.


8. Women's Two-Tone Watch by Seiko


When it comes to high quality, yet affordable luxury watches there’s no name more reputable than Seiko. This stainless steel women’s watch is a timeless piece that integrates high quality Japanese design with a classic silhouette, making it a chameleon-like adaptable accessory suitable for occasion.


9. Colorama Tote by Porter


Melding classic Japanese craftsmanship with contemporary design, this vibrant red tote bag is the creation of leading Japanese bag company Porter. An offshoot of the iconic bag manufacturer Yoshida & Co., Porter creates multi-functional bags for all purposes. This canvas tote features a leather trim and multiple pockets while still managing to maintain an incredibly clean aesthetic. It’s prefect for weekend use, day trips and even brightening up your corporate attire.


10. Hinoki Hand Wash, Mist & Wood Chip Sachet Set by te plus te


The calming scent of Hinoki, or Japanese cypress, can transport you directly into nature. These woodchip sachets will take you to the depths of the mountain forests as you luxuriate in your bath. Better still the mist and handwash will help you keep the sensation throughout the day. The natural oils and woodchips in this set are made in Japan, while the finished products are bottled in America by te plus te.


11. Men’s Yukata Robe


Adorned with images of iconic sumo wrestlers in battle, this easy to wear, 100% cotton yukata is as fun as it is it comfortable. Often worn during traditional summer events, the yukata is a great Japanese addition to any summer wardrobe, and perfect for special cultural events. 


12. Torii-S Stool by Karimoku New Standard


The key to design in Japanese products is by finding the beauty in subtlety, and this simple tori-style stool is the epitome of that. The sturdy wooden seat has been crafted to resemble the towering torii gates that are typically found outside many of Japan’s Shinto shrines.


13. Kimono Fabric Kinchaku Pouch by Sakura


Spring is the most exciting time of the year here in Japan. As the cherry trees bloom across the nation, the air is filled excitement and the sweet sent of sakura. With this classic drawstring pouch you can always have a little bit of Japanese spring with you no matter the time of year. It’s ideal for those after something a little more unique than your typical purse.   


14. Motif Drop Earrings by TOGA


Toga’s designer Yasuko Furuta has legion of global fans for her winning mix of Japanese craftsmanship and punk rock Americana. Her sleek jewelry line proves to be just as enticing! These electric blue drop earrings are extremely wearable -  the stylishly minimalist look would look great on any occasion. Try them with chiffon top and midi skirt.


15. Welcome Soap by Tamanohada


Giving a gift of soba noodles is appreciated in Japan, as the word also means close, implying your relationship with the receiver. The English word soap is near enough that fine decorative soaps have taken on this same role as one of the most popular Japanese products for gift giving. Not just any soap though! Carved to resemble popular fish-shape sweets, and presented on a natural linen rope, this pomegranate-scented confection would make the ideal gift wherever you are.


16. Tie Dye Silk Scarf by Eileen Fisher


American clothing company Eileen Fisher have dipped into the world of Japanese tie-dye techniques to create this elegant flowing silk scarf. Made in Japan by artisans from Fujisawa Soft, the result is a soft, yet visually textured, scarf that will add a little Japanese influenced flair to any wardrobe.


17. Kokeshi Bento


A bento is a Japanese lunch box and a kokeshi is a traditional Japanese doll, put them together and you get this adorable kokeshi-shaped bento box. Perfectly proportioned to keep your rice, soup, vegetables and other dishes separated, it’s as practical as it is cute. Grab one of these and you’ll never want to buy your lunch again.


18. Mieko Women’s Nishijin-Ori Bag


Made in Kyoto, this clutch is for those who are inspired by the intricacy of kimono textiles and the art of Japanese craftsmanship. The fabric is produced in Nishijin, the prized traditional weaving center of Japan. Only available online or in Gion, the heart of Kyoto, it’s a piece you know nobody else will have.


19. Milk and Sugar Set by 1616 Arita Japan


Amsterdam design studio Scholten & Baijings have teamed up with Kyushu-based Japanese potter collective 1616 Arita Japan to create this very special milk and sugar set. Combining minimalist contemporary European design aesthetics with Japanese product design, this two piece set is the perfect conversation starting accessory to add to your kitchen.


20. Women's Cherry Blossom Yukata


There’s no more beautiful time and place than spring in Japan. As the famous cherry blossoms bloom, the air is sweet and the country is carpeted in soft clouds of pale pink. Celebrate sakura season in traditional style with a tastefully designed Cherry Blossom Yukata, made of 100% cotton. Ideal for wearing round the house in the warmer weather.



21. Pearl Bracelet by Mikimoto


Mikimoto pearls are synonymous with supreme quality and timeless design. This pearl bracelet is sourced in Akoya, western Japan. These Akoya pearls are renowned for their brilliant, almost metallic luster and are traditional Japanese symbols of elegance and beauty. The Pearl bracelet also features a stunningly crafted 18-karat white gold clasp and a hanging M charm.


22. Mamazera Chrysanthemum Dish by Azmaya


After cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums are Japan’s most popular and well loved flower. Hailing from Niigata , the team behind this piece, Azmaya, are a collective that collaborate with designers, artisans, and small manufacturers to craft exclusive works of art and other popular Japanese products. This tastefully simple porcelain dish featuring cobalt blue paint uses traditional Japanese techniques to create homeware that is both elegant and modern.


23. Bamboo Parasol


One of the most iconic symbols of traditional Japan, the paper parasol (umbrella) can make a pretty and exotic accessory. Used to prevent sun damage, they also make interesting household decorations. With this made-in-japan bamboo parasol, feel like you’re wandering the streets of Kyoto, no matter where you are.


24. Tin Sake Set by Nousaku


When it comes to sake cups you can’t get more stylish than this beautiful set from Nousaku, purveyor of fine Japanese metal goods. Inspired by the shape of bamboo stalks, this pitcher and two cups are made with the traditional tin so they won’t rust, will keep your sake cool and promise to remove the bitterness sometimes found in particular brews. 


25. Women’s Hanten (Kimono Style Jacket) by Watanosato


A hanten is a padded cotton jacket that has kept Japanese people warm for centuries. The gentle but eye-catching designs on this cotton women’s hanten make it a perfect over a fitted dress, or as a light jacket on a blustery day. This item is shipped direct from Japan, but available on Amazon for easy purchase!


26. Automatic Blue Moon Men’s Watch by Seiko


Never underestimate the powerful confidence boost of a good wristwatch! Seiko’s Japan-made watches easily match their Swiss counterparts for exceptional quality and elegant design. This classy men’s strikes just the right balance of impressive size, without being too chunky.


27. Globe Dot by Gallery Shili


These energizing lacquer globes come with an impeccable pedigree: they are the work of Japanese artisan Koichicho Kimura, whose family has been designing and creating lacquer treasures for 13 generations. Whether you use them for storage – spices, or jewelry – or purely as decoration, they are sure to liven up a room.


28. Steam Grill with Glass Cover by Uchicook


It’s time to cook Japanese style! Given that Japanese food is some of the most delicious and healthiest in the world, there’s really no reason any self-respecting chef wouldn’t have Uchicook's Steam Grill in their collection. Made in Japan, the grill is perfect for meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, pretty much anything your heart and taste buds desire.


29. Helmut Convertible Tote Bag/Backpack by Cledran


A tote bag and backpack rolled into one, this minimalistic fashionable bag is for those who don’t want to sacrifice function for style. Made in Japan by bag company Cledran, it’s crafted from a durable canvas and features a tidy leather finish. With its adjustable straps it doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling to work or spending a day at the beach this bag transforms to fit your life.


30. Porcelain Nesting Sake Set by Ceramic Japan, Co


Sake can be served hot by immersing the bottle and cups in a basin of hot water until they reach the required temperature. The moisture on the cups however can dilute the drink. Ceramic Japan Co solve this problem with the snowman white porcelain sake bottle. The cups nest comfortable in the neck of the bottle, staying dry as they heat, so that you can enjoy fine warm sake exactly as it was supposed to taste.


31. Herringbone Silk Necktie by Fairfax


Leaders in high end Japanese menswear, Fairfax Collective have been combining classic well-tailored style with an contemporary edge for over 40 years now. This simple yet sophisticated necktie is woven from herringbone silk and features a tidy hounds-tooth silk jacquard lined finish. It’s the perfect understated statement tie to add to any suit lover’s collection.   


32. Woven Japanese Bath Mats 2 Piece Set by Nawrap


Nawrap was founded in Japan’s ancient capital Nara in the 1930s. They still use the region’s traditional weaving techniques for all of their naturally produced textiles. These Japanese bath mats with no dyes or chemicals are no exception! They are made with charcoal or persimmon, which are extremely durable and absorb even large amounts of water. They are the right choice for your home and for the environment!


33. Japanese Paper Crane Earrings


The paper crane is a Japanese icon, and now a wearable accessory thanks to the British Museum. Made in Japan from traditional Japanese Washi paper, each pair of these handmade earrings are a one of a kind piece. The hooks are sterling silver and the paper has been covered in a lacquer finish to ensure they stay lively wear after wear.


34. Gardening set by Japan Best


Japan is a nation built by proud craftspeople. There’s only one thing as valuable to a craftsperson as her knowledge and that’s her tools. These perfectly calibrated pruning sheers and sickle tools are inspired by traditional crafting methods used by craftsmen in the Banshu region, a pocket of Japan famous for their handmade samurai swords. The set can be stored in their own wooden box, or carried with this convenient lightweight canvas bag.


35. Dragon and Eagle Ladies’ Yukata


Yukata is traditionally worn in Japan for those balmy summer nights, and is one of the most popular Japanese products you can buy. This stylishly festive robe is crafted in Kyoto with intricate illustrations of dragons and eagles. The high-quality cotton is light and breathable. A must for kimono lovers! 

(The Smithsonian Store is not currently accepting orders, they'll be back soon!)


36. Barbell Earing by Hirotaka


Hirotaka Inoue is one of the most sought-after jewelry designers right now, and has garnered well-deserved accolades for his minimalist yet edgy aesthetic. These Barbell earrings feature a stunningly crafted yellow-gold stud design with white diamond and Tahitian pearl. All of his creations are handmade in Tokyo.


37. Japanese Lacquer Box by Kotobuki


Lacquer is the quintessential Japanese craft product: calm, subtle, but in everyway perfect. The smooth blemish-free surface feels almost soft to the touch. This gracious lacquer box from Kotobuki is formed in the shape of a cherry blossom, with cherry petals drifting across the lid. An ideal reminder of a spring spent in Japan.


38. Cotton T-Shirt by VISVIM


For anyone with an interest in contemporary Japanese street wear, VISVIM is one name you can’t overlook. Producing well designed, long lasting street wear staples, the company has become a must-have name for those in the world of modern Japanese fashion. If you’re looking for a statement shirt that isn’t too loud, this 100% cotton logo tee is one to add to your summer wardrobe.


39. Openwork Fan Earrings by Monocircus


For Monocircus’s design duo Kazunori Takeishi and Shing Ee, jewelry are not just fashion accessories but wearable art objects in their own right. These 3D printed fan earrings feature an Indonesian motif in an ultra modern style. They are great as statement piece with sleek tank top and straight-leg pants.


40. Antique Kimono Silk & Cashmere Scarf by Gallery Shili

 Kimono Silk & Cashmere Scarf by Gallery Shili

Kimono Silk & Cashmere Scarf by Gallery Shili


A cashmere scarf is already a covetable luxury, but this particular scarf adds a uniquely Japanese flair, by tailoring one side with intricately decorated silk fabric from antique kimonos. The original kimono designs mean you’d be wearing an irreplaceable piece of Japanese textile history. In the warmer months, you could keep your scarf in its own wooden box, and wait impatiently for the chance to wear it again. Ideal paired with a dark winter coat.

41. Cat Eyes Dessert Plate 4 Piece Set

 Cat Eyes Dessert Plate Set

Spend a little time here and you’ll soon realize Japan is a nation crazy about cats. Tableware and ceramics company Jewel Japan have teamed up with artist Kaoru Shibata to create this incredibly adorable set of mischievous kitty inspired desert plates, perfect for any feline fanatic.


42. Colour Bin by Karimoku New Standard

 Colour Bin by Karimoku New Standard

Crafted from individual laths of Japanese chestnut, this bin is the work of iconic Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings, who have garnered a reputation for being interior design legends. The stylish made-in-japan pale bin is so pretty it’d be hard to actually use for garbage, but without question it would make for a charming addition to any office, kitchen or even bedroom.


43. Men’s Hanten (Kimono Style Jacket) by Watanosato

 Men’s Hanten by Watanosato

In Japanese culture a hanten is short sleeved winter coat, that was typically work during the 18th century, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a unique fashion staple today. Covered in a clean hail design and padded with thick layers of warm cotton it’s a versatile easy to wear classically Japanese statement piece, perfect for special occasions.


44. Flame Stud Earrings by AMBUSH

 Flame Stud Earrings by AMBUSH

AMBUSH is a cutting-edge Japanese jewelry brand that epitomises the cool Tokyo aesthetic. Inspired by pop art and skilfully handcrafted, these flame stud earrings feature striking red resin and yellow gold vermeil inlay. They are the perfect match for party dresses and leather pumps.


45. Cherry Blossom Dinner Plates 6 Piece Set

 Cherry Blossom Dinner Plates Set

Made from handcrafted porcelain and covered in a striking blue glaze finish, this set of six dinner plates are the ultimate special occasion dinner party accessory. Made in Japan, the plates are adorned with bold yet tastefully simple cherry blossom imagery that is sure to be a conversation starter. As sturdy as they are elegant, the plates are also dishwasher and microwave safe.


46. Ikebana Scissors by Banshu Hamono

 Ikebana Scissors by Banshu Hamono

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, one that’s forever been integral to the nation’s appreciation of art and culture. If you’ve ever been interested in trying ikebana at home, getting a good pair of scissors is vital. This popular Japanese product was handmade in the town of Ono, Japan, so you know you’re getting the real deal.


47. Series 3 Incense: Kyoto Eau de Toilette by Comme Des Garçons

 Eau de Toilette by Comme Des Garçons

One of the biggest names in Japanese fashion, Comme Des Garçons, have released Series 3 Incense: Kyoto. An ambitious creation, this perfume is an aromatic encapsulation of the spirit of Kyoto. Earthy and natural it’s inspired by the meditative temples of the historic city.


48. Champagne Set by Japan Best


Looking for an elegant companion for your celebratory bubbles? The Champagne set by Japan Best has you covered! The stunning cooler is crafted with cypress wood and copper and comes with four champagne flutes. Better still they are all nicely packed in their own wooden box.


49. Rihanna x Stance Graphic Socks


Created in collaboration with pop icon Rihanna, these Japan inspired ‘Tomboy’ socks will definitely make you want to get your shoes off no matter where you are. Inspired by the native lotus, and made here in Japan, these cotton socks mix edgy pop culture with classic Japanese design.

50. Gusoku 9 Incense Holder by Nousaku


A contemporary reinvention of the classic Japanese incense holder, this brass holder was inspired by the dense suits of armor worn by samurai eons ago. For 100 years, Nousaku has taken traditional skills of days gone by and applied them to a covetable range of contemporary Japanese products for your home. Available in gold and black, it’s tastefully minimal with a touch of rustic appeal. With a lid the holder can also be used as a decoration or storage container too.

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