Translated by Jay Issei Karslake
Everything You Could Want! 10 Most Popular Goods From 100 Yen Stores
100 yen shops in Japan offer almost everything you can think of: tableware, kitchen goods, character goods, stationery, and much more! These items make excellent souvenirs! Here are the 10 most popular souvenirs available at 100 yen stores.
Written by Mayu
A 100 yen shop is a store where the goods inside are sold for 100 yen (108 yen with tax). The most famous Japanese dollar store chains are DAISO, Seria, and Can Do.
The 100 yen shops in Japan are lined with shelves full of kitchen and bathroom goods, cleaning products, cosmetics, foods, and zakka, which are miscellaneous goods for home decor. 100 yen shops are great places to go if you want to buy a lot of different souvenirs. Here is our roundup of 10 popular Japanese souvenirs loved by international customers.
1. Sensu (Japanese Fans)
A sensu fan that could cost over 1000 yen at a specialty shop can be bought here for 100 yen. In the summer there are many designs to choose from, like traditional Japanese prints, cute characters, floral prints and more.
2.Tenugui (Japanese Towels)
Tenugui is a type of Japanese hand towel. It is made from a thin cloth like a handkerchief, but is as big as a towel when unfolded. 100 yen stores often have a wide variety of tenugui to choose from; Daiso in particular have ones geared towards men and women, as well as unisex designs.
3. Ninja goods
Ninja goods can also be bought at a 100 yen store. We recommend Can Do’s shuriken magnet which are available in either black or silver. If you are lucky you may also find ninja design tenugui and stickers sold there too.
4. Character goods (Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma)
Character goods make excellent souvenirs for people that like kawaii (cute) things.
100 yen stores have a wide range of Hello Kitty, Disney, Rilakkuma, and Kumamon (Kumamoto prefecture's mascot), goods to choose from. It's the perfect Japanese souvenir for fans of Japanese pop culture.
The 100 yen shops in Japan have high reviews of their cosmetics. They're cheap, but feel good to use. Popular 100 yen cosmetics in Japan are great souvenirs not only for yourself, but also for your friends and family. They're bound to be happy by whatever you select; they have lipstick, eyeshadow, blush, false eyelashes, fake nails and much more. Their sheer variety and price make them a lot of fun to use.
A particularly popular item is the silicone mask. You put this reusable mask on over top of a face pack and it will increase the moisturizing effects of the pack.
6. Tableware (Rice Bowls, Chopsticks, Sake Bottles and Cups)
Make A Bulk Purchase of Souvenirs At 100 Yen Shops!
Buying Japanese patterned tableware is a good souvenir idea too. The 100 yen stores have cherry blossom patterns, Mt. Fuji patterns and even have various tokkuri and ochoko (sake carafe and small cup) to choose from. It could be be a good idea to buy a Japanese style dinnerware set for yourself or someone that’s just moved.
7. Stationery and Office Goods
Be sure to check the stationery corner at 100 yen stores. They have most your necessary office goods including pens, notebooks, scissors, coloring pencils, paint, calculators, and more.
Masking tape, a specialty ball pen that can only be erased by a specialty pen, and origami paper are famous 100 yen shop items for creative people visiting Japan.
8. Kitchen Goods
Please take a look at the kitchen goods corner too. You'll find a lot of convenient and nifty inventions there.
There's a one push microwave pasta container where pasta can be safely boiled in the microwave, a garlic crusher that grinds the garlic in one go and a silicone steamer that can go in the microwave. They're very convenient - once you use them, you’ll wonder how you lived without them.
9. Microfiber Goods (Towels, Mops, Hair Wraps and More)
You can even buy super absorbent microfiber towelsat a 100 yen shop. They have not just towels, but also beauty-care products, such as the hair wrap, a kerchief-like towel that you can use to dry your hair naturally after a shower. There are even rags and mops made from this fabric for sale here too.
10. Smartphone cases
The 100 yen shops in Japan have a wide variety of smartphone cases for various models too. When you need to buy smartphone chargers, earphones, protective covers, or stylus for touch screens you should buy them at a 100 yen shop.
Smartphone cases are a highly recommended souvenir. You can choose from Japanese patterns and character patterns.