Who doesn’t love getting food as a gift? In Japan, small sweet snacks and food items are common presents. If you’re coming back from vacation, it’s expected to bring back omiyage or souvenirs from your trip. For example, Kyoto is famous for matcha, so you might bring back green tea-flavored cookies or Kit Kats. If a friend is sick, it’s tradition to bring them fruit. If you had a coworker who has been a huge help to you this year, you might send them oseibo, an end-of-the-year gift to express your gratitude. Oseibo can be anything from a box of sweets, to noodles, to a nice bottle of wine. The next time you want to say thank you to someone, make a statement with these equally adorable and delicious Japanese snacks!
Show your love with mini heart-shaped rice crackers! Senbei, or Japanese rice crackers, normally come in a circular shape and are a popular omiyage food item, but Japanese snack companies continue to come out with new forms and flavors to stand out. Be careful though, these tiny hearts pack a punch with a spicy chili powder seasoning!
Move aside Sweethearts Valentine’s Day candies! These heart-shaped fruity gummies are too cute and the pyramid pouch makes for quite a unique presentation. Kanro Puré is known in Japan for their gummy candies made with real fruit juice. Each little heart is bursting with a natural, sweet grape flavor that contrasts well with the sour powder coating.
There’s chocolate covered strawberries, but how about strawberries filled with chocolate? If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind present, white chocolate-infused strawberries are a wonderful choice. Plus, these freeze dried strawberries with their bright red color really stands out when plated. With the crisp and tartness of the freeze dried fruit, plus the sweetness of the white chocolate, this gift is a pleasant surprise from start to finish.
For the very best, give them the creme of the crop when it comes to Japanese snacks. Shiroi Koibito is one of the most popular omiyage, continuing to rank high in popularity every year. It consists of a sweet and delicate layer of white chocolate sandwiched between two thin butter cookies. The cookie brings to mind the snow in Hokkaido, the cold northern region where it comes from.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory
Another scrumptious sandwich cookie gift option are the cheese cookies by Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, also hailing from Hokkaido. While Shiroi Koibito cookies are sweet, Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory serves up savory options with cheese cookies made with camembert and salt.
Animal-themed Tea Bags
For cat lovers out there, these green tea bags with cat silhouette paper tags are the perfect gift! The name of these tea bags, Nekocha, is adorable as well, combining the words neko “cat” plus cha “tea.” Or, if your friend is a dog person, don’t worry, we’ve got them covered too with doggy tea bags! Tea is a wonderful gift, especially in the coming cold months. Best of all, once finished with all the tea bags, your friend can string all the cat tags together for a little garland to hang up at home. What a truly memorable gift!
Bokksu Subscription Snack Box
Or if you can’t decide on one or two Japanese snacks, give the gift of a Japanese snack box! Our snack subscription boxes are a great treat because your giftee gets a wide selection of goodies to choose from, all neatly presented in a nice box. Bokksu especially prides itself on bringing you authentic Japanese snacks in a thoughtfully curated box with monthly themes and a guide book with info on each and every treat.
Danny is the Founder of Bokksu, which is the culmination of his passions for delicious foods and Japanese culture. He spent four years living and working in Japan, where he often traveled to different regions and tried as many local snacks as he could find.