Forget the Box of Chocolates: Covetable Japanese-Style Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Happy Life Together Kokeshi Doll Set

If you’re looking to surprise your partner with something a little different this year, Japanese Valentine’s Day gifts are the way to go. From too-cute-to-be-true kokeshi dolls to delicate, ornate silk kimono, there’s an appropriate Japanese-style Valentine’s Day gift out there for everyone.

But be warned: if you’re thinking of going the whole hog and celebrating your day Japanese style, you might want to reconsider – if you’re a woman, that is. The tradition in Japan is that the girl or woman gives chocolate to male friends, family, colleagues, bosses and so on. Happily, the favour is returned exactly a month later on 14th March, a date known as White Day, where those men who received a gift on Valentine’s Day express their gratitude with – you guessed it – chocolate.

Things could get pretty awkward if you decided to follow this tradition over in the UK. Imagine the bemusement on your boss’s face when presented with Valentine’s Day chocolates. So instead, why not treat your partner to some authentic Japanese-style Valentine’s Day gifts? Here are some great ideas to get you started.

Top 5 Japanese Valentine’s Gifts

1)      Silk KimonoJapanese Kimono for Men and Women

Intricately patterned and gloriously soft, the authentic silk kimono is a thing of beauty. And unlike chocolates, the novelty won’t wear off either; your partner can continue to enjoy lounging about, cloaked in silky softness, long after Valentine’s Day has passed.

2)      Kokeshi Dolls

Even the most hard-hearted will find it difficult to resist these adorable little fellas. Originally hand-carved by farmers in Northern Japan as tokens of love and friendship, kokeshi dolls make perfect, pint-sized presents for the loved one in your life.

3)      Saren Nagata Calligraphy Prints

If you find it hard to express your feelings, why not let a calligraphy print do the talking for you? Saren Nagata’s art collection includes floral-inspired kanji calligraphy conveying sentiments like ‘you made a difference’, ‘dream come true’ and ‘love is all you need’. Aww.

4)      Lacquer Jewellery BoxesButterfly Japanese Lacquer Jewellery Box

Japanese lacquerware is made using the finest quality sap from the urushi tree, a coveted material that is poisonous in its liquid form. This means it must be crafted with the utmost of precision and care, a fact for which these precious lacquer jewellery boxes can most certainly vouch. As a gift they are not only beautiful but practical, too.

5)      Japanese Lucky Cats

If you want to bring your partner good health, riches or happiness (and I’d be pretty shocked if you didn’t), a Japanese lucky cat makes a wonderful gesture. Choose the one that most fits your wishes for them – for example, a white one for happiness, a gold one for good fortune, or a green one for success in their studies.

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Feeling inspired? You can find all these wonderful Japanese Valentine’s Day gifts and many more on our website. They’re all available for delivery, and gift wrapping can be included free of charge.

Barentain omedetou (Happy Valentines Day)!

– The Japanese Shop

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