By Sherilyn Siy
Originally dating back to 1916, the Oriental Bazaar is the largest souvenir shop dealing with Japanese related merchandise. You will have an easy time locating this three story building due to its red and green exterior, which mimics a traditional oriental shrine. The souvenirs on offer include kimonos, antiques, furniture, ornaments, books and many more.
The Oriental Bazaar has been extremely popular since World War Two and continues to be foreigner friendly to this day. You will find English speaking staff and all signs written in English to ensure you have the smoothest shopping experience possible. In fact, they even offer special wrapping services and are able to ship your purchases overseas if you don’t fancy lugging anything heavy around.
This souvenir shop used to be well known for its rare antiques, but unfortunately most of their goods are now replicas. Antique kimonos are plentiful and the staff will even offer you to try it on if you plan to buy it. There are several traditional prints for sale (reproductions), and sell for between 1,500 and 10,000 yen. So load up your basket and get shopping for all those aunts and uncles!
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Born in London, England, I came to Japan in 2009 for a life changing experience. I'm a lover of all things Japanese and determined to share my passion with others through writing and video. Currently working as an English teacher while trying to pursue a career in media. I really look forward to sharing Tokyo’s beauty and excitement with the rest of the world!