50 Irresistible Made in Japan Products to Buy Now
by Teni Wada & Lucy Dayman | Updated Feb 22, 2019 | 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, now in our third edition!
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. Ninja Bento Set by Kotobuki
Running out of lunch options? Bring a little joy to your school day or workload with this whimsical, two-tiered bento box featuring a kawaii ninja. Surprisingly compact, the bento box has two compartments and also includes a soup bowl which functions as top tier when you’re finished with your lunch.
2. Fujisan Rock Glass by Fuji Glass
Sake, shochu, whiskey, no matter your Japanese tipple, it all tastes incredible when sipping from the meticulously crafted Fujisan Glass Rock Glass. A perfect gift idea for Father’s Day, this Edo-glass features a little piece of Japanese insignia on the side. The glass comes in the tidy box for easy gift-wrapping and storage too.
3. Skincare Set by Hada Labo
New to the world of Japanese beauty products and don’t know where to start? Pick up this Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Care set, designed to replace hyaluronic acid in the skin, an element that decreases as we age. Hada Labo, a leading innovator of Japanese skin care products, stands behind the belief that products should work in conjunction with the skin and are all fragrance-free, paraben-free, dye-free, and mineral oil-free.
4. Men’s Hanten (Kimono Style Jacket) by Watanosato
In Japanese culture a hanten is short sleeved winter coat, that was typically worn during the 18th century, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a unique fashion staple today. Created with 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Tabino Yado Bath Salts by Chom
When it comes to bathing culture, Japan does it better than anywhere else in the world. Even if you can’t replicate the classic onsen style luxury in your own home you still have a little taste of Japanese bathing fun with these capsule bath salts which will fill the water with rich mineral supplements, so you can feel as though you’re soaking in a hot spring at home.
9. Wooden Bath Stool & Bucket Set by Youbi
Recreate the experience (and scents) of relaxing in Japanese hot springs with a wooden bath stool and bucket set. With a bucket made fragrant hinoki (cedar wood) and a stool made from hiba wood, this three-piece set is rounded out with an soft, organic cotton towel. When not in use, the bucket rests perfectly underneath the stool, a testament to its fine Japanese craftsmanship.
10. Sosaku Kokeshi Doll by Usaburo
Dolls play an integral part in Japanese culture. Whether for decorative purposes, or play, there’s a different and unique style doll for all types of collectors. For something sturdy and classic, you can’t go past this wooden Kokeshi doll adorned in classic Japanese symbolism; a torii gate, soft cherry blossoms, a towering pagoda, and of course Mt Fuji.
11. Kimono Bow Tie Cat Collar by Necoichi
No nation loves cats quite like Japan. In fact cats are so adored in Japanese culture they’ve long been the muse for many of the country’s great artists. Japan also does pet accessories better than anywhere else in the world, so if you’ve every wanted to treat your cat to something a little special, then consider this Necoichi Kimono Bow Tie Cat Collar. Featuring a unique kimono style print, this bowtie-collar hybrid is sure to make your cat the most stylish kitty on the street.
12. Koshihikari Rice by Shirakiku
If you’ve tasted the best of Japanese rice and feel like you can’t go back to mid-range supermarket offerings, don’t worry you can easily order premium Japanese rice from Amazon. With its robust texture and full but delicate flavour, this medium rice shaped Shirakiku Rice is ideal for making the perfect sushi at home.
13. Multi-Purpose Rice Cooker by Tiger
Japan is a tech haven and a food mecca, so when Japanese food and tech comes together it’s really something special. If you’re in the market for a new rice cooker, consider taking a look at the Japan made Tiger Rice cooker. Sleek and modern, the cooker not only makes perfect rice but also slow cooks meat and makes bread too.
14. Rice Paddle by Marna
One tool you’ll need in your kitchen is a shamoji: an elongated, flat spoon for mixing and scooping rice. This dishwasher-safe shamoji is made from a durable material and has an evenly textured surface so that rice won’t stick to it. However, its most unique feature is no doubt the square base. Simply place the shamoji upright on any flat surface and it will stand unassisted, a hygienic way to store in between use.
15. Ceramic Sushi Set
A practical housewarming gift that you just might want to keep for yourself, this dinner set features cherry blossoms blooming beautifully against a cobalt blue background. Packaged in a sleek black gift box, this ceramic dinnerware set is made in Japan and is dishwasher-safe. Each set contains two plates, two soup bowls, two sauce bowls, and two pairs of wooden chopsticks.
16. Cherry Blossom Honey Syrup
Spring is in the air and it smells like cherry blossom honey syrup! Packaged in a lovely glass bottle that shows off this sweet pink liquid and dried cherry blossoms, this infused syrup has a subtle taste that pairs well with Japanese desserts. Pour over your pancakes, yogurt, cakes, or ice cream, or use to create cherry blossom cocktails, milkshakes, and lattes. No matter how you use it, you’ll definitely add a taste reminder of Japan to all your creations!
17. 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!
18. 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.
19. 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 any occasion.
20. Japanese Style Sandals by Mizutori
A traditional piece of Japanese fashion, still worn to this day, geta are like Japan’s version of clogs, sturdy, stylish and undeniably comfortable in summer. If you’re looking for a one-of-kind fashion accessory with a Japanese twist be sure to check out these Mizutori Sandals inspired by classic geta silhouettes. Entwining both contemporary and traditional design ideologies, they’ll seamlessly fit into any summer wardrobe.
21. Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth with Temari Balls and Kokeshi Dolls
Furoshiki, an eco-friendly multipurpose cloth used to wrap gifts and bento boxes, come in a variety of prints and patterns. Show your appreciation of Japanese traditional handicrafts with this 100% cotton furoshiki that features temari (colorful spheres made from kimono scraps) and kokeshi (wooden dolls handcrafted in the Tohoku region).
22. Donabe Japanese Hot Pot by Kotobuki
A donabe, or earthenware pot, takes center stage in the Japanese home as temperatures drop, but it’s an extremely versatile cooking dish useful year-round. Gather up some friends or your family members and enjoy nabemono, a hot pot of seafood, meats, or vegetables simmered in a hearty broth. The donabe also serves as a substitute rice cooker for irresistibly fluffy white rice.
23. Japanese Bonito Flakes
There’s nothing quite like seeing your very first performance of dancing flakes, paper-thin slices of dried bonito fish that accompany savory Japanese dishes like takoyaki (octopus balls) or okonomiyaki (pancakes). Bewilder your dinner guests with an invitation for these dishes heaped with a generous amount of bonito flakes. Bonito flakes are also used to add a hint of umami to dishes and also to make dashi, a broth that forms the backbone of many of Japan’s traditional meals.
24. Cutting Board by Yoshihiro
Often overlooked in the kitchen, a proper cutting board will keep your knives from getting dull too soon. A proper cutting board will also eliminate unnecessary stress on your hand and knife, so consider a cutting board from Yoshihiro Cutlery, creators of unique Japanese products for the home. Available in 6 different sizes, the high quality surface is made from a synthetic material that is antibacterial and will improve the edge retention of your knives.
25. Mandoline Slicer by Benriner
The Benriner slicer has been a favorite among chefs for more than 70 years, thanks to the Japanese steel blades which retain their edge and cut through fruits and vegetables with precision. Easily adjust the thickness of each slice with a dial and make a variety of cuts with three interchangeable blades.
26. Yukihira Saucepan by Yoshikawa
One of the best things to buy in Japan is the unique handmade kitchenware; and one of the most easily recognizable is a yukihira or dimpled saucepan. This one was handmade in Tsubame, Japan, a city with more 400 years of metalworking history. Yoshikawa stainless steel kitchenware is lightweight and versatile. Use this saucepan for an authentic Japanese cusine experience!
27. Wasabi Grater by Kotobuki
Wasabi, Japan’s condiment with a kick, grows in the wild as a root, which is finely grated before use. Make your own wasabi paste with this handy compact ceramic wasabi grater, an animal friendly and dishwasher-safe alternative to traditional sharkskin wasabi graters. It is similar to the abrasive, sandpaper-like quality of traditional graters yet durable enough to withstand daily use and washing. Equally suitable for garlic, ginger, and tumeric.
28. Sushi Tea Towel
Make every night sushi night or just show off your love for Japan’s national dish with this colorful tea towel. It’s a wonderful addition to any kitchen that’s sure to have your guests wondering aloud, “Where did you get that?” Learn the names of 19 popular varieties of nigiri and gunkan sushi that adorn this silk-screen towel made from 100% organic cotton. Hiragana script is on the left of each sushi accompanied by the English translation and corresponding phonic reading.
29. Rabbit Blossom Bento Box Set by Skater
Long, warm, summer days means one thing; plenty of time to picnic in the park. For those looking to experience a little bit of Japan, no matter where you are in the world, consider picking up a Japanese Rabbit Blossom Bento Box Set. Perfect for either picnicking or even making your office lunch a little special, this compact set comes with a tidy plum-flower designed bag for easy storage.
30. Sake Skin Care Lotion by Kikumasamune
Harness the power of sake, Japanese rice wine, and hydrate your skin with Kiku-Masamune Sake Skin Care Lotion. A must-have holy grail item among enthusiasts of Asian beauty products, this is a milky, non-astringent and ethanol-free toner with just a hint of a sake scent. It nourishes dehydrated skin and heals acne-prone skin, while brightening the tone. Use as part of your skincare routine, or apply to your whole body.
31. Sake Glass by Usuhari
The ideal gift for the sake lover in your life, this authentic Japanese made Usuhari Glass Dai Ginjo set is the perfect vessel for sampling the nation’s most delicious and delicate brews. The ultra-thin glass is hand-blown, making each individual piece ever so slightly unique. If you’re going to taste the best sake in the world, do it with the perfect glass.
32. Pickled Cherry Blossoms
Relive the beauty of spring in Japan year round with pickled cherry blossoms harvested and processed in Japan. Plum vinegar enhances the beautiful pink color of cherry blossoms, a preservation technique used for centuries. While pickled cherry blossoms are typically used to make sakura tea, they are perfect for adding a touch of Japan to desserts, jellies, confectiarts, and drinks. Feel free to experiment outside the kitchen by creating sakura bath bombs and cosmetics.
33. Japanese Futon Mattress by Emoor
In a modern world of ultra scientific mattress formulations and expensive bedding options, sometimes it’s better to just get back to basics. With easily-stored futons layed out on the floor, Japan has mastered the art of simplistic sleeping. If you’re looking for a thick, durable bedding option, take a look at the Emoor made-in-japan futon mattress, perfect for any Japanese style room or as a an inflatable mattress replacement for those with overnight guests.
34. Water Boiler by Zojirushi
Can’t get enough hot tea or French-press coffee? Do yourself a favor and get an electric hot water dispenser, a kitchen appliance you’re likely to find in any Japanese home. With this 5 liter model from Zojirushi, a leading manufacturer of popular Japanese kitchen products, you’ll always have hot water on hand. Simply add water, and it heats up instead (and quietly). Once the melody plays, your water is ready at the press of a button. Choose from 4 keep-warm temperature settings to adjust the temperature, while the easy-to-read glass panel lets you know when it's time to refill.
35. Minoyaki Japanese Tea Cup Set by Mino Ware
Suitable for everyday, casual use, these durable tea cups fit snugly in your hands and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Relax over a hot cup of green tea and take in the rugged design and the simple, clean, and natural colors of mino-yaki pottery, a style more than 1,300 years old.
36. Traditional Tatami Mattress by Ikehiko
Yearning for Japan? Let the soothing scent of igusa (rush grass) ease your homesickness and lull you to a pleasant night’s sleep. Handmade in Japan, this lightweight tatami mat folds for easy storage and can be paired underneath a Japanese futon or used as an accent rug in any room.
37. DHC Lip Cream
DHC is a brand synonymous with skincare, makeup, and health supplements in Japan. Rich in olive oil and vitamin E, DHC’s classic lip balm is an ultra-nourishing formula that keeps very dry and chapped lips hydrated with noticeable results in just under a week. The slim pink tube easily fits into a purse or makeup bag and nicely compliments any collection of beauty products.
38. Morning Face Masks by Saborino
Mornings are often the busiest time of the day, but that’s not an excuse for neglecting skin care. If you’ve got sixty seconds to spare, then you have enough time for these morning sheet masks by Saborino. Facemasks are one of the most popular Japanese products, and this is one of Japan’s best-sellers. The refreshing minty grapefruit scent will rouse you from your sleep as the 3-in-1 formula takes care of cleansing, toning, and priming your skin in one easy step.
39. Electronic Toilet Seat by Toto
If you’ve visited Japan and miss the comfort, cleanliness and convenience of the nation’s high-tech toilets, don’t worry, you can now enjoy the highest Japanese bathroom technology right in the comfort of your own home. The Toto Washlet Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat can be easily attached to most toilets and has all the features you’ve come to expect from the fanciest of Japanese toilets; heated seats, warm water bidet functions, toilet mist, and deodorizer and dryer. Once you’ve tried it, nothing else will really do! Unlike the other items on this list, this was not actually made in Japan. However, as one of the most popular Japanese products we wanted to include it anyway.
40. 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.
41. Men's Japanese Obi Belt by Kyoetsu
As the weather starts to heat up, there’s nothing better to put on than a breezy yukata, which is the summer incarnation of the kimono. Suitable for both men and women, the yukata is often worn at many of Japan’s biggest matsuri (summer festival) celebrations. If you’re looking for something to make your outfit stand out, check out these 100% cotton, made in Japan kimono belts. Coming in a variety of styles they’re perfect for customising your summer outfit.
42. 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.
43. Kamidana Home Shrine by Masuda
Shinto, Japan’s native religion, emphasizes harmony with nature, and is at the center of Japanese culture. In nearly every Japanese home you’re bound to find a kamidana. Often fixed high on a wall, these Shinto altars house amulets and are accompanied by miniature objects used in Shinto ceremonies, which are included with this kamidana.
44. 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 matcha kit contains everything you need to try making your own delicious matcha tea right now, including the bamboo whisk and scoop, the ceramic bowl and of course the tea itself.
45. 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.
46. Komon Tenugui by Yagisei
Quite different to a western style towel, a tenugui is a smooth Japanese style towel that’s often used for a variety of purposes beyond drying your body after a long relaxing bath (although it can be used for that too). Often used for wrapping gifts, bottles, or mopping up sweat during a long humid day, these classically Japanese towels have unlimited uses. If you’re looking for a unique multi-purpose gift, consider ordering a three pack of these thin and durable towels each which feature a traditional and eye catching Japanese design.
47. Japanese Rice Bowl Set by Saikai Touki
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, start your day with a Japanese breakfast of miso soup, grilled fish, pickles — and don’t forget the rice! These porcelain, made-in-Japan rice bowls feature five distinct patterns that are sure to charm you with each use. Perfect for gifting or displaying in the home, this set of five rice bowls comes in a functional storage box.
48. Gone Fishing Cutlery Set by Yamazaki
Looking for a unique set of cutlery that’s sure to be a conversation starter? Then take a look at this Yamazaki Gone Fishin' 3-Piece Entertainment Set. With its sleek, but cute fish-like shape the cutlery is both tasteful and fun. The stainless steel material is light in the hard while being very durable making it the perfect set for those who like to entertain regularly.
49. Hand Cream by Atrix
Dry, chapped hands can be extremely painful. If you’ve tried everything with little relief, try Atrix hand cream, a pleasant-smelling cream that protects while it heals. This version is made in Japan and contains chamomile extract and ceramide E. It goes on smoothly and is absorbed quickly by the skin without leaving behind an oily residue.
50. Lycée Eye Drops by Rohto
Rohto prides itself on being the global leader in OTC eye drops but dedicated users will tell you there's a distinct difference between the Japanese and American versions of its products. In fact, users outside of Japan swear by the Japanese version of Rohto eye drops, and its Lycée eye drops are no exception! It provides refreshing relief to tired, irritated, and dry eyes without any long lasting or unpleasant sensation. Menthol provides a soothing feeling which is an instant pickup for booklovers, and computer or smartphone users.
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