In Japanese households it’s customary to remove your shoes upon entering the home. Thus comfortable and durable house slippers are a necessary accessory. SUBU, a Tokyo brand making such slippers, also makes a packable iteration. With a cushioned sole and a poly fill, they’ll keep your feet comfortable and warm. Available in sizes 5.5 to 12, they’re also available in three colors: gloss black, foil silver and neon yellow.
Unlike typical gift boxes, Kokoro Care Packages puts the emphasis on producers—oftentimes generational, hard-to-find ones. Their Seasonal Delights box (which can be bought as a one-time gift or as a quarterly delivery) comes with over seven all-natural Japanese treats, ranging from noodles and sauces to seasonings and snacks. Each comes with its own translated directions for preparation and taste profile, and a little information about the producer. Kokoro prides themselves on picking ingredients for their quality, thus oftentimes including limited production items that rarely make it beyond the bounds of the archipelago nation.
Shaped like a freshwater bream, this Welcome Soap is moulded with a Kashigata, and replicates the popular fish-shaped Taiyaki cake. Available in three colors, each one boasts a different fragrance: red is pomegranate, white is lily blossom, and black is brown sugar. With lovely, minimal packaging, this soap-on-a-rope is made in Japan.
Luke Burgess and Michael Ryan’s Only in Tokyo—part city guide, part storybook—is a celebration of food, travel, culture and photography. The Australian chefs (and Japanophiles) take readers on a wild ride through some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, and offer insight into the individuals that make these locales so special. With interviews, notes on favorite dishes and lovely photos by Burgess, the book blossoms into a personal and captivating tale.
Sourced from the mineral deposit on Mt Yakedake in the northern part of the Japanese Alps, this mineral-rich powder is 100% all-natural and as nourishing as it is stress-relieving. With a low alkali base, it shouldn’t throw your body’s pH, and also won’t stain your tub. Simply mix two tablespoons of the powder into a tub full of water and mix until it’s dissolved.
Infused with Binchotan activated charcoal, this Japanese body scrub towel affords a little extra exfoliation and will leave skin feeling super-soft and refreshed. The two gray hues indicate a coarse and gentle texture, and offers the towel a minimal appeal. After use, slather skin with your favorite body oil or moisturizer for best results.
Crafted in Japan from porcelain that’s made from natural Amakusa pottery stones and potter’s clay, Hasami Porcelain’s tall teapot is a high-quality and elegant vessel. With an organic feel, it’s still ultimately sophisticated—and is safe for microwaves and dishwashers. There are various cups, plates and accessories from the Nagasaki-based brand available too.
A non-alcoholic standout in Suntory’s beverage portfolio, BOSS Coffee is a line of canned, caffeinated drinks. One of our favorites from the range, the Cold Café Au Lait, is now available stateside after years of success in Japan. Its perfectly proportioned formula of flash-brewed coffee, cream and sweetness afford easy drinking in all seasons. For the listed price you’ll receive 12 eight-ounce cans (with the brand’s William Faulkner-depicting logo)—which are best served cold or over ice.
Bright, bold and yet still delicate, these gorgeous fans have been handmade in the same Japanese factory since 1585. Designed by Rikki Sato, this specific iteration is made from bamboo, cotton and polyester. Available in three colorways, they are cheerful accessories for when the weather (and the subway platform) starts heating up.
More than an appealing design, this bag’s pleated body is also practical, as it expands to accommodate whatever is placed inside. (It can grow to several times its original size.) Made from biodegradable, corn-based PLA, this clever tote is also water-resistant and eco-friendly. Available in blue, yellow, black or red (which is made from recycled polyester) it’s a stylish Japanese design that originated back in 2006.
Made in collaboration with Tsubota Pearl, this green croc stash case is designed to hold six joints. With gold symbols embossed on the front (smiley face, heart, peace sign, crescent moon and Verde’s logo), it closes securely with a clasp. Inside, your goods are kept in place with a hinged guard.
An iconic artwork that’s instantly attributable, Yayoi Kusama’s spotted pumpkin is miniaturized for this key ring. There’s an extra charm attached that features a tiny illustration of Kusama on one side and the words “LOVE FOREVER” on the other. It’s a thoughtful way to carry Kusama’s message of love and world peace with you all the time.
Made exclusively for the MoMA Design Store, this retro-inspired Japanese cargo bike is the ultimate option for people resisting two wheel vehicles because of a lack of storage. The bike features a deep basket above the back wheel and a shallow rack (with straps to secure any loose cargo) at the front. The step-through frame makes it easy to hop on and off—no matter your outfit—and there’s a chain-guard to protect riders from grease stains.
Made in Japan from heat-resistant silicone, this pig lid can be used on any kind of pot or plate—for stove-top or microwave cooking. Steam is released through its snout, which is ideal for more fragile ingredients as it eases the pressure within the container. It’s available in pink or white.
Made in Japan from a buttery, premium-quality roughout leather, this SHA-KA jacket is a tie-close noragi-style garment with character and durability. The satin interior is adorned with a richly colored indigo tapestry that contrasts the camel-colored leather. Cut in a traditional style, but with inventive twists, this piece is bound to become an heirloom.
This elegant but comfortable jacket from Best Made Company is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Its silhouette—modeled after an 18th century Japanese winter coat—lends itself to all genders. When stepping outside, the jacket can tie shut and the wadded cotton insulates the wearer. Simple innovation bolsters cozy, minimalist design.