Tokyo souvenirs: Fun and fabulous finds

Anyone who has spent time in Tokyo can tell you that there are no shortage of fun and fabulous souvenirs to be found there. In fact, there may be too many to possibly choose from.

Between kawaii (the "quality of cuteness" in the Japanese culture), anime, manga, and more, there’s a real feeling that consumerism (and spending in general) runs wild in the Japanese capitol.

No matter where you look, there are stores selling collectibles, toys, clothing, books, magazines, edible art, and more.In fact, there are even stores that only offer rows and rows of Gashapon (capsule toy) or arcade "claw" machines chock full of every toy and Japanese anime or manga character imaginable. You just have to drop in a few yen and hope for the best!

Needless to say, we spent quite a bit of time during our recent trip there shopping as we toured the many districts (or neighborhoods) of Tokyo. While I couldn’t buy every fun and fabulous souvenir I came across during our vacation, I was sure to make a note of it – for our future travels of course.

The below photo gallery offers you a look at some of the fun and fabulous souvenirs I spotted in Tokyo. They run a wide gamut - including everything from food, housewares, toys, collectibles, and good luck charms.

Have you traveled to Tokyo? If so, what was your favorite souvenir that you sent to your friends or families (or gifted to yourself)? Or, what did a friend or family member bring back for you from their travels to Tokyo? Please share your favorites in the comments below.

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