45 Things Made in Japan That You Can Buy on Amazon

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A little piece of Japan for everyone.
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This year’s Met Gala theme — Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons — got us thinking: There’s such great Japanese-made stuff worth knowing about (much of it that we’ve even written about before), so why not take the occasion to go really big on Japan? From the meticulously crafted to the intuitively designed to the wonderfully weird, welcome to Made in Japan Week on the Strategist.

A rule I’ve learned to live by: If it — and by it, I mean anything — is made in Japan, it’s better or at the very least cooler. Another one: Amazon is probably the easiest way to both decipher what these products are and ship them across the country (trying to piece together Yen conversion rates while translating Japanese websites is not easy). So we’ve compiled some of the best and weirdest that Amazon has to offer for some painless Japanese shopping. For all of you whose favorite episode of Girls is the one where Shosh is living life in Tokyo, this list is for you.

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This Randoseru is what all the Japanese schoolkids wear, and on Amazon you can get it in just about any color.

Buy
Japanese Randoseru School Bag $118, Amazon
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The ever-delicious, and rare, matcha-flavored Kit Kats. We’ve also found some even more unusual (but potentially delicious?) sake-flavored ones.

Buy
Japanese Kit Kat Matcha Green Tea Flavor $6, Amazon
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Japanese incense that smells like Kyoto leaves in the fall.

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Shoyeido’s Kyoto Autumn Leaves Incense $6, Amazon
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Have a kawaii (that’s cute in Japanese) moment with this ruler that also has mini rabbit and ice-cream stencils.

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DAISO Template Ruler $5, Amazon
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We all know about Japanese rice cookers, but what about the strainers? This one has holes small enough to strain itty-bitty grains of rice.

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Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Side and Bottom Drainers $6, Amazon
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If a Japanese charcoal towel isn’t for you, there’s still good ol’ Japanese charcoal mask.

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Daiso Japan Natural Pack Charcoal Peel Off Mask $6, Amazon
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This is an edible newspaper, so the babies can stay busy snacking while you get on with the reading. (We promise this is not fake news.)

Buy
I Am Reliable Baby-Only Newspaper $18, Amazon
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A knife-sharpening stone nice enough to keep on the counter.

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KING Japanese Sharpening Stone $25, Amazon

Twenty colorful masking tapes.

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MT Washi Masking Tapes $14, Amazon

We’ve told you about the enviable Japanese lunch box, and now we bring you the Japanese travel cooker.

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Yazawa Travel multi cooker $35, Amazon
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Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug, 20-Ounce $27, Amazon

Forty-eight watercolor pens with a real brush tip.

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Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens $62, Amazon
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A Yamaha harmonica.

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Yamaha harmonica $118, Amazon
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A toothbrush for Japanese and American dogs.

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Mind up dog mouth care tooth brush $7, Amazon
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A 2.4-inch-tall travel alarm clock with baby-blue accents.

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CASIO analog travel clock alarm clock $9, Amazon
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The Kendama, a traditional Japanese toy that’s kind of like a more advanced yo-yo, is supposed to improve hand-eye coordination.

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Kendama Wooden Traditional Japanese Toy $10, Amazon
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A pair of bonsai scissors, for those invested in the art of bonsai (and for those not, they’re still pretty cool).

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Wakashishi/Bonsai scissors $14, Amazon
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If you’re not used to sitting up straight with your legs crossed underneath, as is done in Japan, specifically during tea ceremonies, this rattan chair will train you to get there. (It’s also pretty similar to this back-saving kneeling chair, so it can probably be used for work, too).

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Japanese Rattan Proper Sitting up Straight Seiza Chair $30, Amazon
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A bundle of 27 Japanese snacks. If you don’t read Japanese, each one becomes a mystery adventure!

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Assorted Japanese Junk Food Snack “Dagashi” $16, Amazon
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Bath powders, which are the same as salts, that also have rave reviews on Amazon.

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Japanese Hot Spring Bath Powders $13, Amazon
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A pink letter pen that has a bit more pizzazz than this Japanese collapsible pen.

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Kuretake ZIG Letter Pen Cocoiro Body $7, Amazon
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This tiny action figure is only three inches tall and looks like it’s made out of cardboard boxes, if you’re looking for a new desk friend. The eyes light up, too.

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Danboard Cute Figure $9, Amazon
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Tabi socks separate the big toe from the rest, so you can wear them with flip-flops, or just to give your big toe some private time.

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NUOLUX Elastic Cotton Tabi Toe Socks $8, Amazon
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A nice green notebook to use alongside your daily planner.

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Apica Notebook $6, Amazon
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This is the best snack ever, a very thin cookie dipped in flavored icing. If you’ve never had it, get this starter pack with all six flavors right now, and then decide on your favorite flavor to order in bulk (mine’s strawberry).

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Pocky Biscuit Stick 6 Flavor Variety Pack (Pack of 6) $20, Amazon
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Nothing screams Japan like extremely detailed mini-erasers shaped like snacks.

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Iwako Japanese Erasers $6, Amazon
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This Japanese mayo is one of the most searched for Japanese products on Amazon.

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Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise $9, Amazon
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Japanese cotton is another top search because it’s supposedly excellent for wicking vape coils.

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Authentic Japanese 100% Organic Cotton $7, Amazon
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These are like doggy-poop bags, but for diapers. Seal a dirty diaper in here and it won’t stink up the whole garbage can.

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Odor-sealing Baby Disposable Diaper Bags $15, Amazon
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A millennial-pink pencil case for all of your mini-erasers and collapsible pens.

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Portable Office Stationery Writing Pencil Cosmetic Case $3, Amazon

This mini-stapler is about the size of a grown woman’s palm.

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Kokuyo Stapleless Stapler Harinacs Compact Alpha $7, Amazon
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And a millennial-pink label-maker to complete the desk-accessory set.

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KINGJIM label writer $67, Amazon
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This waist pouch is like a fanny pack, but more socially acceptable because it hooks around a belt, instead of coming with it’s own buckle-up strap.

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LIHIT LAB Carrying Pouch (Waist Pack) $9, Amazon
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For those of us who still have a headphone jack, this little cat will plug into and hang off of it, which serves two purposes: (1) It’s super cute. (2) It’ll stop the jack from filling up with dirt.

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Niconico Nekomura Cat Earphone Jack Plug Accessory Pastel Color Edition $3, Amazon
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Bring a piece of Japan to the fruit platter with these cute animal toothpicks.

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“Mini Animal Skewer” $5, Amazon
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Rayon and cotton dishcloths in gently blue patterns.

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CYBERL Japanese Dish Cloth Set Of 3 $9, Amazon

A toilet brush disguised as a cat.

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Toilet Brush Cat White From Japan $16, Amazon
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A silicone lid to keep drinks hot, disguised as a pig.

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Piggy Cup Lid Cover $8, Amazon
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Sure, they sell Ito En in America, but we’d bet the Japanese one tastes better.

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Ito En Oi Ocha Japanese Green Tea, Macha blend $19, Amazon
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In Japan, they sleep on futonlike mattresses on the floor and fold them up every morning.

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Japanese Traditional Futon Mattress $200, Amazon
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It wouldn’t be a made-in-Japan list without something from Hello Kitty, so here she is in a Jenga Junior set.

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Hello Kitty Jenga Junior $13, Amazon
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Some more Japanese cotton, here in the form of a bath towel.

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CYBERL Japanese Bath Towel Set Of 2 $13, Amazon
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Old Version Green Mandoline $24, Amazon
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Japanese horse oil soap.

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JAPANESE Pure Horse Oil Soap (2 packs) $6, Amazon
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A scissor so compact, it folds up as small as a pen for cutting on the go.

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Plus Pen Style Compact Twiggy Scissors with Cover $5, Amazon
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We’ve all seen animal face masks by now, and here’s a Japanese one that’ll make you look like a dog.

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Pure Smile Japan Art Face Mask $6, Amazon
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The Japanese street-style magazine FRUiTS closed down this year because “there were no more fashionable people to photograph.” For all the fashionable people of earlier times, there are still old issues on Amazon.

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FRUiTS $21, Amazon

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45 Things Made in Japan That You Can Buy on Amazon