Best Japanese home products on Amazon. Holiday Gift guide!

Irasshaimase! Welcome. Step right in. Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that Japan loving friend of yours? Say no more. We’ve got what you need.

Here are our 2017 holiday home gift picks. All shipped and sold through Amazon. Hai!

Japanese enamel teapot kettle enamel

 

Noda Horo Japanese enamel tea pot. Japan has a long tradition of making some of the best enamel in the world. This tea kettle is no exception. It’s built with exacting standards by Noda Horo – a Japanese manufacturer that’s been in business for over 70 years. We like it in this burnt orange color, but they’ve got a few gorgeous colors to choose from. Made in Japan.

japanese kitchen towel tenugui

Channel your inner Jiro with this Tenugui towel. These little cotton beauties seem to be at the cornerstone of every Japanese home. Use it to wipe your hands, clean your kitchen, or decorate your apartment. So simple, and yet so beautiful – you can’t have enough of these things lying around. And if you’re a Star Wars fan, which who isn’t, we think you might fancy this Darkside version.

yube japanese moisturizing skin cream

We’re not sure what’s in the stuff, but goddamn does it hydrate your skin. Yube was invented in  1957 by a Japanese pharmacist, Yoshikiyo Nowatari. The dude wanted a petrol-free alternative to all the other skin creams available out there. Man did he nail it. Yube is one of many of Japans little secrets. Shhhhhh!

higo no kami pocket knife japanese home gift guide

 

Think your boyfriends pretty tough, huh? Well does he carry a Higo no Kami pocket knife. I didn’t think so. These things are direct descendants of Samurai Swords. They’re wicked sharp penny knives and you just can’t beat the price for 23.99. So get your boyfriend one, okay?

best japanese products gift guide

Morihata Set of 2 activated charcoal Toothbrushes. These incredible toothbrushes (is that the correct plural version) contain Japanese activated carbon. They clean and deodorize more than a traditional toothbrush because thanks to the molecular “stickiness” of carbon. We also think they look pretty damn good too. A no brainer for your favorite minimalist.

 

tampopo film dvd criterion collection

Tampopo Criterion collection Blu-Ray. This incredible film by director Juzo Itami was and may still be the first ever “ramen Western.” It’s a must see for any Japanofile. We like the Criterion collection because of it’s beautiful cover. There’s a scene in it involving two lovers and one ramen egg. You can imagine the fun.

kalita wave pour over coffee maker gift guide

The Kalita wave coffee dripper. We love this pour over because it’s so simple, beautiful and durable. It makes a hell of a cup of “kohi” with little effort or attention needed. Made of molded Japanese steel, so you know it’s going to be around for a very long time.

japaneasy cookbook 2017 holiday gift guide

Finally, every kitchen needs a corny cook book. Make it Japaneasy. The book is chalk full of really well thought our recipes that are truly easy to put together. It’s got beautiful, full page images and an incredibly quirky cover. Buy!

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Best gear for bike commuting

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Bike commuting is life changing. Bike commuting may save this planet. I look at my bike and tears start to well up in my eyes. Okay, maybe a little bit dramatic, but hell–we all need something to live for. Here are our picks for the best gear to get you on your bike and off it safely, conveniently and with some style.

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Kryptonite Evolution mini u-lock. This thing is absolutely gold on the streets. But at 50 bucks, we know what you might be thinking. Why right? “Why don’t I just buy the cheapest one on Amazon? It’s just a lock.” Well let me tell you. This thing is keeping your damn bike safe. You’re commuting right? Well how would you like to stop for a coffee, lock your bike up with some cheapo-crap lock, only to come out and find your ride to work missing. I don’t think you’d like that very much. This is the last lock you’ll ever need to buy. And if you don’t believe us, stop any skiddin, smokin’, tattooed bike messenger in your city and ask their opinion on the matter. Use a cable lock if you’re tired of your current rig and want to go bike shopping!

odyssey twisted pedals bike commuting pedals

This ain’t the damn Tour de France. You’re just biking to work, so leave those clipless klick-claking pedals and shoes at home. We like these Odyssey twisted pedals because they’re cheap, durable, and come in a ton of cool colors. Quit walking around like a penguin in your space shoes and buy these pedals. You won’t regret it.

giro reverb best cycling helmet

What’s the point of riding a bike if you don’t look good. And you can’t look good without a head, so wear a dang helmet! Luckily with the Giro Reverb you can look good and be protected at the same time. Save that aero helmet for weekend rides, or ditch that old dad looking thing for this practical guy. We like it in this orange and white classic styling, but they offer tons of colors so check them out!

bike commuting safety triangle

Face it. As a bike commuter, you’re going to inevitably deal with some real asshole drivers. The kind of guys and gals who want you off “their roads.” They’ll honk, put up their middle finger, and maybe yell something stupid at you. So what do you do? The answer is simple: use a safety triangle. This cheap little thing seems to have magic powers. From our experience, cars yield, give more room and see you more easily with this thing strapped to your seat, bag or backpack. Okay, maybe it’s just the power of reflective material and not magic, but you get the point. They’re so cheap and potentially life saving, so why not grab one for all your buddies and form a safety triangle gang!!

sks bike fender for bike commuting to work

As we move into the wet season, you’re going to want to make sure you have a bike fender on you at all times. With that in mind, we can’t recommend the SKS rear rain and mudguard fender enough! Seriously. This thing works like a charm, looks great and is so dang affordable. It’s German so you know it’s high quality and durable. Do you and your ass a favor and just buy one.

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You didn’t hear it from us that this cheapo, Chinese-knockoff works about 95% as good as the nearly $60 bell it’s imitating, okay? Make sure you’re not only seen, but heard. A bell on your dashboard (handlebars) will be used a thousand times a day. Get it here on Amazon for a mere $14 bucks.

rema best cycling patch kit

This one’s a no brainer: a simple patch kit. Never leave home without one. This one is the absolute best. It’s an Amazon add on for $5.00 so just tack it on to one of your orders. You won’t be sorry you did.

That’s it for now! We’ll be adding more in the future, so stay close to the blog. Now get out there and ride your bike!

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