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[Tokyo] A Shopping District for Cooking Utensils! The 35th Kappabashi Dougu Matsuri (Kappabashi Tool Festival)

“Kappabashi Dougu Street” is a shopping district between Tokyo’s Asakusa and Ueno areas that extends around 800 meters from north to south.
It is an interesting shopping district, where around 170 shops all related to “food” items all gather, selling the obvious items like cooking utensils and tableware, as well as other things like restaurant signboards.
A large-scale tool festival is held annually in October, during which there are great sales and even lotteries! There are also food stalls set up during the festival, so you can enjoy delicious food too!

Cute! Rilakkuma Insect Repellent Guard

This time we will be introducing Rilakkuma-themed insect repellent items! This particular product is a plate-type insect repellent that keeps away undesirable insects. It’s made for outdoor use, so you can easily attach it to the handle of doors or on the veranda. It’s super easy to use since it doesn’t require a flame or electricity!

Hakone Gora Manju from Nakamuraya in Kanagawa

Hakone is a hot spring town in southwestern Kanagawa Prefecture with easy access to the city.
It is home to many ryokan (Japanese inns), and it is a popular location thanks to the wealth of sightseeing spots around as well.
I picked up some Gora Manju from souvenir shop “Nakamuraya” in front of Gora Station, so that’s what I’ll be introducing this time.

Introducing Hokkaido's Longtime Best-Selling Cookie: Shiroi Koibito!

For over 40 years, Shiroi Koibito (meaning "white lover" in Japanese) has been loved as a souvenir from Hokkaido.
With a tablet of white chocolate sandwiched between two langue de chat cookies, it's a really tasty treat!
Shiroi Koibito is nationally recognized as one of the highest-ranked sweet souvenirs of Japan. Every year, it competes against many other strong rivals in the Hokkaido souvenir market.