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Valentine’s Day Gifts: Japanese Gifts Ideas for Valentines

Although Christmas has come and gone, the next one will be here before you know it, so what better time to start looking for that next special gift for that special someone than right now! Japanese gifts are becoming more and more popular and are naturally eye-catching and rich in oriental culture.

Red Silk KimonoAs a whole, Japan has gained the interest of many individuals around the world for its many unique attributes. Kimonos, calligraphy and decorated fans are just some of the things that have made the list of popular Japanese gift ideas all around the world.

One of the most well-liked products to give would have to be incense. This Japanese gift is rich in history and goes back hundreds of years to when it was first introduced into the country by China. Some of the popular ingredients used in traditional Japanese incense include sandalwood, clove, rhubarb, cinnamon and argarwood, to name only a few.

Another intriguing Japanese gift to give is a Maneki Neko, which can be translated to the Japanese Lucky Cat. This ornament is believed to bring its owner good luck, with each different colour cat symbolising something unique. Here is a brief explanation of which each variation of the Lucky Cat is said to symbolise;

  • White Japanese Lucky Cat –Happiness
  • Black Japanese Lucky Cat – Good health
  • Gold Japanese Lucky Cat – Wealth
  • Japanese Lucky Cat raising its left hand – Bring in business
  • Japanese Lucky Cat raising its right hand – Prosperity

Lucky CatSo if you’re thinking of giving someone a Japanese gift, the Maneki Neko is the perfect choice as you can match the cat to suit the personality of your loved one.

Buddha and Daruma dolls also carry a similar impression as the Lucky Cat in Japanese tradition. Many believe that they represent good luck and perseverance. In addition, the dolls are all fun to look at and therefore make them the ideal gift for all ages.

One of the most renowned suppliers of Japanese gifts in the UK is The Japanese Shop. Browse our Japanese gift offers and range of other high quality products online today. Japanese gift wrapping is offered free of charge with all online orders to make the gift you choose that extra bit extra special.

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