Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Will Miss #154 - Nejinu Souvenir Shops

There is a chain of souvenir stores called Nejinu (ねじぬ) that is one of the nicest places to get souvenirs which are not cheesy or tacky. Unlike the junk they offer foreigners in places like Omotesando, the items in Nejinu are for Japanese people. They include figures for the Chinese zodiac animals, clay dishes, paper lanterns, furoshiki (clothes used to wrap packages and carry box lunches), fans, gift wrap, paper boxes, and various traditional figures like daruma dolls and maneki neko. Most of the items are tasteful and attractive. When I send items home, I often buy them at Nejinu.

I'll miss being able to peruse and shop at this nice little shop.