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Soothing Summer Wind Chimes from Shinohara Furin

Shopping in Tokyo? Head to Shinohara Furin Honpo for some traditional glass wind chimes. Originally thought to ward off evil spirits, furin wind chimes can be made of glass or iron, and take the form of a bell of varied shapes which flutters gently...

Traditional Japanese Crafts in Osaka: Tenugui make great summer souvenirs

Osaka's "Nakani" shop creates the patterns on the tenugui hand towels using a technique called “chusen,” which is said to have been invented in Osaka in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Often just a simple...

Chion-ji Handicraft Market Kyoto: Handmade Craft Heaven

Ceramic mugs at Chion-ji market
Love handmade goods? Have a taste for local crafts? If you’re looking to snag some unique souvenirs from Kyoto, one of the best places to hit up is the Chion-ji handicraft market at Chion-ji Temple. It’s held once every month on the...