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8 Readily Available Souvenirs at Osaka and Shin-Osaka Stations

Below is a list of souvenirs and presents that you can easily buy depending on the occasion, such as when meeting with good friends and greeting your boss. The souvenirs below are available inside and around the train station, so they are so convenient if you want to quickly grab a present to take home with you!

For formal greetings to bosses and elders

■ Tsujiri Warabi Mochi/Tsujiri

This is the Tsujiri Warabi Mochi (dumplings made from bracken starch) (540 JPY for a set of two pieces), a confectionery made from bracken flour whose smooth texture people find appealing. With the warabi mochi that generously uses matcha from Tsujiri, if you sprinkle the accompanying matcha sugar, you can enjoy its fine sweetness and the fragrant aroma of matcha. It is even more delicious when served cold!

[Recommendations] It is definitely better to buy warabi mochi that is made by an extremely famous shop. People of all ages love this confectionery. Even people from outside the Kansai region will probably be happy to receive this as present. <Where to buy: Eki Marché Osaka, Selling period: Until late October, Expiration: 67 days from date of production, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature, Ordering: Not possible, Local shipping: Not possible>

Eki Marché Osaka

3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

■ Kidachi/Senjuan

This is the Kidachi (900 JPY). Sold in spring and summer, it is a Ryosuzumi-series yokan (sweet bean jelly) made from kuzu (Japanese arrowroot) that looks really refreshing. During the summer season, the fresh-smelling Kidachi is available for a limited time. It has a light and simple taste that comes from natural yuzu (citrus) grown in Shikoku, so it is recommended even to those who do not really like sweet confectioneries.

[Recommendations] It may not be such a flashy gift, but it can be truly handy if you need a small present. It also stays fresh for a long time. <Where to buy: Eki Marché Shin-Osaka, Selling period: Until early September, Expiration: Approx. 16 days from date of production, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature (for 24 hours), Ordering: Possible, Local shipping: Possible>

■ Sasa Kuzu Manju/Inaba Harihichi

This is Sasa Kuzu Manju (195 JPY), a venerable Japanese sweet from the Osaka region. It is a refreshing, elegantly sweet confectionery that is made by wrapping kuzu manju (sweet bean paste covered in arrowroot dumplings) in bamboo leaf. Once you put it in your mouth, you will smell the faint aroma of bamboo leaves, taste the sweetness of the koshian (strained bean paste), and enjoy the jelly-like texture that is unique to kuzu.

[Recommendations] Refreshing Japanese sweets are a staple souvenir. This shop also has a famous ohagi (pounded rice covered with bean paste) and its bean paste is really delicious, so every Japanese confectionery lover should try it! <Where to buy: Eki Marché Shin-Osaka, Selling period: Until early September, Expiration: Same day as production date, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature, Ordering: Not possible, Local shipping: Not possible>

Eki Marché Shin-Osaka

5-16-1 Nishi-Nakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (inside the ticket gate for the conventional railway lines in JR Shin-Osaka Station)

Perfect for when you’re on a budget but you need a small thank-you present

■ Noryo Ramune Candy/Hitotsubu Kanro

This is the Noryo Ramune Candy (lemon soda candy) (500 JPY) from the shop of Kanro that is a household name for Kanro candies and puree gummy candies. The refreshing candies that come in a range of colorful designs are packed in a small bag. Containing lemon ramune- and strawberry ramune-flavored candies, this bag of candies will give you a dose of coolness in the heat of summer.

[Recommendations] It comes in a fancy bag and each candy inside looks so cute. It is guaranteed to make anybody who gets it really happy, be it an adult or a child.<Where to buy: Lucua Osaka, Selling period: Until late July, Expiration: 180 days from date of production, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature, Ordering: Not possible, Local shipping: Possible>

■ pon pon coco Ramune A and Mango Orange B/pon pon × Chris.p

These are the pon pon coco ramune A and pon pon coco Mango Orange B (411 JPY each). A concept shop that houses the main brands of Osaka’s famous confectionery manufacturer Amidaike Daikoku has been opened. This souvenir is a combination of rice and other flavors that have been caramelized, something that you cannot taste anywhere else. You can enjoy its new taste and texture.

[Recommendations] The colorful packaging is adorable. It is bought in bulk, with a lot of flavors to choose from. <Where to buy: Lucua Osaka, Selling period: Until August 31st (Thurs.) for A and from June 19th (Mon.) to August 31st (Thurs.) for B, Expiration: 60 days from date of production for A, and 30 days from date of production for B, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature, Ordering: Possible, Local shipping: Possible>

■ Hanabidama Ocha to Okashi/Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten

This is the Hanabidama Ocha to Okashi (1,620 JPY), a set of tea and sweets that comes in a shell packaging resembling the shell used when launching fireworks. Inside, you will find additive-free barley tea for infusion in water that has been roasted twice in a stone pot, and salt candies from Agunjima in Okinawa. There is also a set comprised of black tea for infusion in water and dried summer orange.

[Recommendations] It is a premium set that will make anyone feel the summer season. The barley tea inside is easy to use, so you don’t have to be choosy about whom to give it to. <Where to buy: Lucua Osaka, Selling period: From mid-July, until supplies last, Expiration: 6 months from date of production, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature, Ordering: Possible, Local shipping: Possible>

Lucua Osaka

3-1-3 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

A rich variety in a single box! Perfect for big groups

■ Assorted Fruit Jelly/JOKER

This is the Tsumeawase Fruit Jelly (assorted fruit jelly) (2,376 JPY for a set of eight pieces) that contains two pieces of each of the four flavors that are perfect for the summer: lemon, melon, grapes and Amanatsu (citron) jelly. It comes with an original surprise box that spreads when opened, something that the receiver will love before even eating the jellies inside.

[Recommendations] The box will probably make children happy. The surprise from the box alone will surely be fun for everybody!<Where to buy: Eki Marché Shin-Osaka, Selling period: Until late August, Expiration: Approx. 60 days from date of production, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature, Ordering: Possible, Local shipping: Not possible>

Eki Marché Shin-Osaka

5-16-1 Nishi-Nakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (inside the ticket gate for the conventional railway lines in JR Shin-Osaka Station)

■ Kiribako/Namiyoshian

This is the Kiribako (4,040 JPY). Inside is an assortment of Takarazukushi Monaka (wafer cake with bean jam filling) that are shaped like six kinds of lucky charms, along with mitsumame (mixture of beans, agar and fruits in syrup), plum jelly and kuzu, so you can choose from a wide variety of sweets. It is packed in a kiribako (box made of paulownia wood), so you can bring it even to official functions.

[Recommendations] There are many different sweets inside, so the box can be used for a wide range of purposes. The monaka is shaped as a sign of good luck. <Where to buy: Eki Marché Osaka, Selling period: Summer, Expiration: 90 days from date of production, Carrying temperature: Normal temperature, Ordering: Possible, Local shipping: Not possible>

Eki Marché Osaka

3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.26.2017]

*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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