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Souvenirs to Buy at the Grand Front Osaka. 5 Recommended General Goods Shops!

2016.04.28

Writer name : Mari

Regardless of the amount, these general goods are sure to make you, your friends and family happy as souvenirs. Would you like to find some unique general goods made carefully using Japanese techniques that you wouldn’t see in any other country? Here are some recommended stores at the Grand Front Osaka.

1. The world tips its hat to them! Buy the best towels at Iori

Iori is a specialty store that handles high-quality towels like Imabari brand towels. Imabari towels are produced in northern Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku and their towels pass unique quality standards set by the Shikoku Towel Industrial Association. As for Imabari, the high-grade material and crafting techniques has about 120 years of history. The absorbency of these towels is outstanding and the feel of them is so superior that even if you don’t use fabric softener when washing, their softness and fluffiness remains the same. By changing the general concept of towels, they have garnered many fans from all over the world and the rumor goes that if you use these towels once, you can never anything else. This is to the point where Japanese high class ryokans and hotels only use Imabari towels. They’ve produced a successful collaboration between tradition and trends thanks to new product lines designed by famous creators. You can get bath towels and face towels for you and your friends. They are also good organic baby goods for children. For those who are convinced, why not pay a visit to Iori and see for yourself?



1. The world tips its hat to them! Buy the best towels at Iori


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2. Go for the limited edition things! R branch 603 is packed with Japan’s “kawaii”

When it comes to Japanese souvenirs, everyone is glad to get stationery. There are tons of varieties, they are exceedingly imaginative and creative, plus there are so many cute items! Furthermore, if you want to keep the prices moderate, you will want to buy them in bulk all at once. At the stationary and general goods shop R branch 603, we recommend items like postcards, letter sets, die cut masking tape, and pochibukuro that are familiar in the everyday life of Japanese people. These familiar items are all cheerfully arranged in cute displays. Pochibukuro are small paper bags used for holding money. Why not try the traditional Japanese custom of handing over your tip in this bag? Also, there is the limited “Good Luck Daruma” goods set that is popular for its cuteness! Just looking at these items gives you a feeling of relaxation and relief. Daruma is a lucky charm meant to increase your fortunes and help your dreams come true. You will definitely want to buy a ton and take home for children, your family and yourself.



2. Go for the limited edition things! R branch 603 is packed with Japan’s “kawaii”


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3. At Katsumi, procure a model of the shinkansen admired the world over!

Katsumi is a model train store. It has the air of low-key miniature electric train museum. The miniature trains maintain their popularity among children and trainspotters due to the sheer abundance of items available. They deal in everything from the entire body of the train to the individual parts. Japan’s railroads are the most developed in the world and are constructed and operated using the highest technology envied the world over. For example, seeing and riding Japan’s shinkansen that impresses with its speed, comfort and punctuality. This feeling of excitement can be enjoyed in the same way with the models. In addition, there are rows of models from the JR, private railways, and famous local trains. Each tiny, elaborate detail is included making it just like the real thing! They are all beautifully made with brass and other metals. Not only for railroad fans, it’s actually quite interesting and fun just having a look in this shop. The costs are quite high but for someone who loves them, it’s worth the price. Why not try diving into this grownup hobby and using them in your interior decorating?



3. At Katsumi, procure a model of the shinkansen admired the world over!


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4. The beauty and charm of small leather goods! The high quality stationery store, Smith

Smith is a select stationery and general goods store from the stylish stationery maker DELFONICS. The refined, high quality stationery is carefully selected regardless of whether they are made in Japan or overseas. They are fully stocked with items that can beautify your desk and workspace like diaries, writing materials, small leather articles and more. The items are a pleasure to use and are aesthetically pleasing thanks to their vivid, eye-catching colors and simple designs. The small leather items like pass cases, business card holders, and pen cases are highly recommended. What’s more, although it takes about two weeks, they offer a popular service where you can have your name inscribed on the items (the cost of the service varies based on the item but it can generally be done for around 1,000 JPY). Furthermore, seasonal and limited edition items are free to engrave (the season and items vary based on the store and there is a chance that there will be no campaign held at the time so please take note). However, please be aware that this service isn't regularly available. If it is available while you're in Japan, you're lucky! Please try it. At any rate, this is a store for people that want to buy high-quality stationery products.



4. The beauty and charm of small leather goods! The high quality stationery store, Smith


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5. These are displayed in the NY MoMA! You can by Japanese art at HAMAMONYO

HAMAMONYO is a designer textile brand based in Yokohama. As represented in the kimono, Japan is famous for their time honored art of textile dyeing. Among these dyeing techniques, is one that has built its own world: Yokohama’s original stencil dyeing technique called “nassen”. The playful and stylish prints made from this method of printing can be found at HAMAMONYO. We recommend the tenugui. Tenugui is a cotton cloth meant for use on your face, hands and body. Nearly all Japanese people carry these traditional tenugui. You can purchase modern, graphic prints arranged with a present-day flavor for around 1,000 JPY at HANAMONYO. There are over 100 different patterns available. Carefully woven using local thread and dyed in vivid colors, increasing the feeling of “now”; tenugui is a living art lovingly done by Japanese artisans. It is also hugely popular among young people. Tenugui folded into books known as “Tenugui-book” have even been displayed in the New York Museum of Modern Art. It’s a souvenir you can brag about! At the Grand Front Osaka shop, you can find takoyaki prints and other limited Osaka items on sale. Take note of this one!



5. These are displayed in the NY MoMA! You can by Japanese art at HAMAMONYO


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The general goods stores in the Grand Front Osaka are characterized by their ability to seamlessly blend Japan’s traditions, artisan techniques and designs in items that are overflowing with originality. You won’t find these anywhere else! So if you’re looking for these kinds of souvenirs be sure to pay a visit here.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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