July 26, 2017

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*This program was first broadcast on Jun. 21, 2017

Tokyo's Spectacular Souvenirs

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From traditional Japanese handicrafts to the latest technological gadgets, Tokyo is paradise for souvenir shoppers. Today we'll look at some of the latest trends in shopping for souvenirs in Tokyo.



Asoko Boutique store in Harajuku with unique, reasonably-priced items. Its tagline reads "add some surprise to your life." Features items like lipstick-shaped pens and rotating photo displays.


Tokyu Hands Shibuya Tokyo's pioneer lifestyle retailer. Carries over 100,000 items, including stationery and health care products. Popular items include erasable pens, unique toothbrushes and nail clippers.


Beams Japan This branch of the famous apparel boutique carries a selection of souvenirs. Features a large variety of high-quality Japanese-style products. Its logos based on Japan's prefectures are especially popular.


Isetan Shinjuku Store A long-established department store supported by a wide strata of customers. Popular items include custom-fit pillows, magic tricks, and Japanese-style backpacks.


Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store A large department store with many services targeted at customers from abroad. Its cosmetics and baby care items are best-sellers.


Nihonbashi Toyamakan A boutique store specializing in products from Toyama Prefecture, including handicrafts such as traditional bells and serveware. Many products influenced by Toyama's proximity to the sea.

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1) Asoko
Address: 6-27-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
2) Tokyu Hands Shibuya
Address: 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku
3) Beams Japan
Address: 3-32-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
4) Isetan Shinjuku Store
Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
5) Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store
Address: 1-28-1 Minami-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
6) Nihonbashi Toyamakan
Address: 1-2-6 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku


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Winnie Hsu

When did you first come to Japan?:
October 2013
Reason for coming to Japan:
I have been interested in Japanese culture as well as the delicate and cute Japanese goods since I was a kid. Therefore, when I came across the opportunity to study in Japanese colleges, I did not have a slight hesitation! Arriving in Tokyo by myself at the age of 18, I embarked a great journey from then. My decision to come to Japan is probably my best decision so far! I am truly in love with the city, and embracing the everyday challenges and excitement. And I want to share with more people the wonderful things in Tokyo.