100-yen shops are a kind of discount store where you can get various products such as stationery, daily necessaries, kitchenware, traditional Japanese toys, cosmetics, gardening tools, underwear, interior goods and foods for only 100 yen plus consumption tax. You will be surprised with the quality of the products which is not so bad for the price. Daiso, Can-Do, Seria are top three 100-yen shops can be found any cities in Japan and they start operations overseas.
In recent years, many visitors from overseas visit 100-yen shops to buy their souvenirs because of the price and variety of products of the shops. Followings are some popular and recommended products for souvenirs of foreign tourists. Let’s introduce popular 100-yen shop products!
Traditional Japanese Things
Japanese fans “Sensu (扇子)”are really nice to buy for souvenir because they are light and compact. If you choose the sensu painted traditional Japanese picture, you may use the fan whenever you feel hot while traveling as you can easily carry and taken out.
“Maneki-neko (招き猫)” meaning “a welcoming cat” is a happy cat figure raising either right paw or left paw to beckon. There are 32 different maneki-nekos and each has different meaning. For example, a white maneki-neko raising right paw is considered to bring people money and left paw bring people customers, a black maneki-neko is regarded as a charm against bad luck, red one is to protect from disease. You can buy such a good luck figure only at 100 yen.
Japanese tea cups is quite valuable if you can find famous ones such as Arita pottery which are classified as art objects.
At 100-yen shops, they sell goods of popular characters such as Hello Kitty and Doraemon. If you buy those goods at their official store, they are expensive. Mostly a character is used as one-point mark of a product. It should be nice if you could find your favorite character at 100-yen shops.
100-yen shops also provide a wide range of daily necessities. Sunglasses and reading glasses which are expensive if you buy them from opticians. They offer various colors and shape of sunglasses and reading glasses, so you can choose the one suiting your face.
Five toe socks are comfortable to wear as they prevent stuffiness in socks. Most of five toe socks sold at 100-yen shops are attractively designed. There are also tabi socks which is split into the big-toe side and the four-toe side.
Underwear can be found at 100-yen shops. While you are traveling you may need additional underwear. As they are inexpensive, 100-yen underwear may be good for your change when you need.
Seasoning is strongly recommended to buy at 100-yen shops as each pack is a small quantity and good for trial. Various kinds of Japanese seasonings including teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, soba noodle soup, furikake (ふりかけ) which is seasoned powder for sprinkling over rice as well as common seasoning s in the world are sold. You can taste Japanese flavor any time after going back to your country or give your friends to let them experience Japanese tastes.
Good Idea Products
At 100-yen shops, you will be able to find something interesting but quite useful. For example, tube-like garlic peeler made of silicon is surprising. By setting a clove of garlic in the tube and just rolling for several times, the clove of garlic is peeled without worrying about transferring the smell of garlic to your hand.
A magical sphere for microwave is convenient. You can easily cook soft-boiled eggs only by three steps of putting a egg into the sphere, pour 2tbsp water and operating the start switch of the microwave oven.
Pasta boiling case may be good if you frequently cook pasta. You don’t have to prepare big pan to boil pasta any more. Only you have to do is putting pasta and pouring water in the case and operating the start switch of the microwave oven. There are scales to measure the amount of pasta before boiling and holes to drain water after boiling.
Now you understand why 100-yen shops are a must. 100-yen shops are fun to look around and is worth to visit to find souvenirs from Japan.