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What to Buy
Pearls: Pearls come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors, with the price dependant on the regularity, size and luster.
Electric and Electronic Appliances: CD and DVD players, personal computers, mini-TV sets and even pocket-size calculators are sold everywhere in Japan. All items enjoy a worldwide reputation for high quality and precision.
Cameras and Optical Goods: The latest in digital cameras and camcorders, as well as binoculars, microscopes and telescopes, are good buys in Japan.
Watches and Clocks: Seiko and Citizen timepieces are popular items in the arcades of leading hotels, jewelry shops and department stores.
Bamboo Ware: Bamboo grows in all parts of Japan and is widely utilized in the creation of ornaments and household goods, from intricately woven baskets to chopsticks.
Dolls: Japanese dolls come in many varieties, each showing the features of a locality or a certain epoch in history.
Folding Fans: Fans used in Japanese dance come in many designs and make good lightweight souvenirs. Prices vary; some can be quite expensive because of the intricacy of the design.
Kimono and Obi: Elaborate techniques of dyeing, embroidery and weaving all play a role in the making of the Kimono and Obi (sash).
Lacquer ware: Lacquer ware, in the form of vases, trays, boxes, bowls and many other items, is prized for its durability and for the time-consuming care involved in its production.
Pottery: Plates, vases, cups, bowls and other artistic articles are popular souvenir items. Many regions in Japan are famous centers for pottery, each with their own distinctive features.
Cloisonné: Japanese cloisonné boasts a jewel-like glitter and complex details.
Damascene: Intricate, gorgeous designs, depicted with gold and silver foil inlaid on the surface of black steel, are the trademarks of Japanese damascene.
Silk Goods: Japanese silk is revered for its quality. Techniques in dyeing and the originality of patterns impart an unparalleled beauty to Japanese silk goods.
Woodblock Prints: Color prints showing the life and scenery of present-day Japan, as well as reprints of famous Ukiyo-e masters, are popular buys with collectors both at home and abroad.