made in japan

45 Things Made in Japan That You Can Buy on Amazon

A little piece of Japan for everyone.

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.

Japanese Randoseru School Bag

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

Japanese Kit Kat Matcha Green Tea Flavor

The ever-delicious, and rare, matcha-flavored Kit Kats. We’ve also found some even more unusual (but potentially delicious?) sake-flavored ones.

Shoyeido’s Kyoto Autumn Leaves Incense

Japanese incense that smells like Kyoto leaves in the fall.

DAISO Template Ruler

Have a kawaii (that’s cute in Japanese) moment with this ruler that also has mini rabbit and ice-cream stencils.

Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Side and Bottom Drainers

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.

Daiso Japan Natural Pack Charcoal Peel Off Mask

If a Japanese charcoal towel isn’t for you, there’s still good ol’ Japanese charcoal mask.

I Am Reliable Baby-Only Newspaper

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.)

KING Japanese Sharpening Stone

A knife-sharpening stone nice enough to keep on the counter.

MT Washi Masking Tapes

Twenty colorful masking tapes.

Yazawa Travel multi cooker

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

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug, 20-Ounce
Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens

Forty-eight watercolor pens with a real brush tip.

There are only a few left of the 48 color set, but there are plenty of the 80 color set here.

Yamaha harmonica

A Yamaha harmonica.

Mind up dog mouth care tooth brush

A toothbrush for Japanese and American dogs.

CASIO analog travel clock alarm clock

A 2.4-inch-tall travel alarm clock with baby-blue accents.

Kendama Wooden Traditional Japanese Toy

The Kendama, a traditional Japanese toy that’s kind of like a more advanced yo-yo, is supposed to improve hand-eye coordination.

Wakashishi/Bonsai scissors

A pair of bonsai scissors, for those invested in the art of bonsai (and for those not, they’re still pretty cool).

Japanese Rattan Proper Sitting up Straight Seiza Chair

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).

Assorted Japanese Junk Food Snack “Dagashi”

A bundle of 27 Japanese snacks. If you don’t read Japanese, each one becomes a mystery adventure!

Japanese Hot Spring Bath Powders

Bath powders, which are the same as salts, that also have rave reviews on Amazon.

Kuretake ZIG Letter Pen Cocoiro Body

A pink letter pen that has a bit more pizzazz than this Japanese collapsible pen.

Danboard Cute Figure

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.

NUOLUX Elastic Cotton Tabi Toe Socks

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.

Apica Notebook

A nice green notebook to use alongside your daily planner.

Pocky Biscuit Stick 6 Flavor Variety Pack (Pack of 6)

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).