Japanese Gift Trends 2023: The Definitive Top 10 Must-Haves

Japanese Gift Trends 2023: The Definitive Top 10 Must-Haves

As we step into 2023, the Land of the Rising Sun continues to inspire with its unique and cherished presents. Here we will be exploring the top 10 best-selling Japanese products and gifts throughout the year at omakase - a curated selection of Japanese artisans that transcends borders, delivering a perfect blend of cultural significance and contemporary appeal direct from Japan to the world. 

Let this guide be your gateway to discovering the most sought-after treasures that shaped the gifting landscape in 2023.


Top 10 Best-sellers of 2023

In 2023, omakase embarked on a transformative journey. Despite being a newcomer, our unwavering dedication to sharing the authenticity of Japan with the world propelled us forward. Throughout the year, we cultivated meaningful connections with incredible artisans across Japan, and this is just the beginning. 

We take pride in showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of various artisans, contributing to the global appreciation of their remarkable skills. Join us as we reflect on the bestsellers that emerged as a testament to our commitment in the past year, and anticipate the exciting collaborations that lie ahead.

Experience the unparalleled craftsmanship of a unique Japanese knife from Yamawaki Knives in Sakai, Osaka - the historic hub of Japanese knife-making for centuries. This exceptional Chef Knife - consistently our bestseller - is designed to handle all your slicing, dicing, and mincing needs. Renowned for its exceptional sharpness and remarkable durability,

The knife's distinctive octagonal handle, crafted from Japanese oak with a captivating blue gradation, adds a touch of elegance to its already unique beauty.

We also highly recommend the Yamawaki MO-V Kuro Tsuchime Santoku Knife. This exceptional knife is meticulously crafted by Yamawaki Knives as with our first recommendation, boasts a captivating 'Kurohada' textured surface, achieved through the Tsuchime technique.

Its remarkable slicing ability effortlessly handles meat, fish, and vegetables. Crafted from Molybdenum Vanadium stainless steel, this knife is celebrated for its versatility, adaptability, and ability to resist stains.

For those who have a deep admiration for the art of Japanese tea, we present an irresistible suggestion - the Frustum teacup from Shinzangama Yamatsu. This contemporary masterpiece flawlessly merges beauty and functionality, creating an extraordinary tea-drinking experience.

Its one-of-a-kind shape not only adds visual allure but also enhances the aroma and flavor of your tea, making it an absolute necessity for tea enthusiasts.

Immerse yourself in the world of Japanese culture with these Wakasa Lacquerware Chopsticks, with the Okigai Wakasa Lacquer Chopsticks and Paulownia Gift Box from Matsukan selling especially well. Beyond their practicality, these chopsticks are a work of art. Adorned with traditional lacquering techniques, they embody the essence of refinement and elegance.

Packaged in a beautiful Paulownia Gift Box, they make for a perfect gift for your loved ones or a special treat for yourself. 

Unlock the true joy of cooking with the Ishizuchi Blue Super Steel Kurohada Tsuchime Santoku Knife from Ishizuchi Knives. Meticulously crafted from Aogami Blue Steel and featuring a captivating Rosewood handle, this knife is a masterpiece in both form and function.

Its renowned durability and razor-sharp edge make it a reliable companion in the kitchen. The Tsuchime technique adds a touch of elegance to its appearance while serving a practical purpose. Say goodbye to food sticking to your blade and embrace the efficiency of effortless cutting and chopping.

Discover the epitome of elegance and refinement with the remarkable Japanese Copper Trays by Orii. Imbued with the essence of traditional craftsmanship, these trays exude a timeless allure that is sure to captivate. Meticulously crafted with precision and artistry, they showcase the mesmerizing beauty of copper, a material that not only radiates warmth but also effortlessly complements any home decor style.

Whether you're serving tea, snacks, or using them as a striking decorative centerpiece, these Japanese Copper Trays, available in an array of styles and colors, effortlessly combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. 

If you’re looking for the precision and versatility of Nakiri Knives then look no further than this one from Yamawaki Knives, expertly crafted for effortlessly slicing through a variety of vegetables.

From delicate tomatoes to robust pumpkins, this Yamawaki SKD11 Nakiri Knife is a cut above the rest. Made from SKD11 steel, it boasts exceptional edge retention and effortless sharpening, ensuring long-lasting performance. 

Elevate you or your loved one's style with Sunglass S-JAZZ, a contemporary twist on the iconic eyewear once beloved by legendary Jazz musicians in the 1950s. As a standout piece from the SUNSHIFT® by Bros Japan CLASSIC COLLECTION, these sunglasses flawlessly blend timeless elegance with modern practicality.

With their innovative photochromic lenses, they not only shield your eyes from harmful UV rays outdoors but also protect you from blue light indoors. 

This exceptional Ishizuchi Blue Super Steel Kurohada Tsuchime Petty Knife not only boasts a visually striking black textured surface created using the Tsuchime technique but also offers outstanding functionality. Crafted from the finest Aogami Blue Super Steel, it guarantees durability and precision.

With its elegant Rosewood handle, this versatile Petty Knife is perfect for a wide range of tasks including peeling, paring, boning, carving, and delicate work with vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Japanese plates from Kutani Bitouen are the epitome of contemporary Kutani ware, making them an extraordinary gift option. Drawing inspiration from the intricate patterns of Kutani, which evoke the serene beauty of the winter Sea of Japan, these plates effortlessly combine modernity with a global appeal.

With their inviting warmth and user-friendly design, this versatile Duck Petal Rimmed Plate is suitable for Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisine, showcasing the brand's dedication to crafting timeless and luxurious creations. For those who value both artistic expression and practicality, these plates are a truly exquisite gift choice.

The Pinnacle of Artistry: The Most Exciting Japanese Artisans in 2023

Our top suggestions are exclusively sourced from our best-selling items. Nevertheless, we take immense pride in partnering with numerous skilled Artisans who entrust us to promote their extraordinary creations across the globe. As a token of our appreciation, we would like to share some of our staff's personal favorites with you. These picks are absolutely worth exploring and will surely captivate your interest!


Prepare to be enchanted by the captivating allure of Yamanaka lacquerware, where the essence of people, nature, and culture intertwine in a mesmerizing dance. YUIYU, the embodiment of this artistic fusion, seeks to bridge the gap between traditional craftsmanship and the rhythm of everyday life in the Yamanaka region.

Drawing inspiration from the organic beauty of nature, our lacquerware takes on new shapes and colors, infusing your daily rituals with a touch of joy. Just like the vibrant growth of plants, the colors of YUIYU lacquerware mature gracefully with time, creating a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Soryu Gama

The roots of Soryu Gama run deep, spanning four generations and deeply influenced by the artistry of Kyoto Kiyomizu Pottery. In a captivating blend of traditions, the fourth-generation Soryu collaborates with Madoka Ota, a talented artist hailing from the historic Koishiwara pottery village in Fukuoka prefecture.

This union signifies the harmonious fusion of Kyo-yaki Pottery and Koishiwara Pottery, resulting in an extraordinary amalgamation that defines the unique character of Soryu-gama. Together, Soryu and Madoka embark on a daily artistic expedition, molding their creations on the potter's wheel, driven by a shared commitment to pushing the boundaries of artistic exploration.

Hirota Glass

Since its inception in 1899, Hirota Glass has been a pioneer in the world of Japanese Glassware. Their commitment to innovation and craftsmanship has led them to develop new and exquisite artisan glassware, paying homage to the beloved Taisho period. As a result, they have played a significant role in the advancement of the glass industry in Tokyo for countless years.

By harmonizing European traditional glassmaking techniques with the finesse of Japanese artistry, they have created a distinctive style that showcases our dedication to pushing the boundaries of hand-crafted glass, while staying true to our classic designs and timeless influence.

In Conclusion

When it comes to selecting a Japanese gift for someone with discerning taste, it's important to consider the cultural significance, craftsmanship, and thoughtfulness behind it. Whether it's the intricate design of Wakasa lacquerware chopsticks, the serene beauty of tea ceremony essentials, the timeless elegance of Yamanaka lacquerware, or the sleek style of Japanese sunglasses, each gift represents a small part of a rich cultural heritage. 

By presenting an authentic gift from Japan, you're not just giving a run-of-the-mill gift, but also sharing a piece of its artistic excellence and history. So, choose wisely and offer a present that will truly elevate those special moments.

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