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8 low-cost and tasty gifts to bring back from Japan

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By Natsuko Mazany

Whether you found yourself drooling over anime food or came across an Instagram post, Japan continuously leaves us wondering what these edibles taste like. It’s not surprising that when I moved to Japan, the only gift requests I received were for Japanese food and snacks. Through trial and (very funny) error, I have discovered that these gifts have received the best reactions while being inexpensive, light and suitcase friendly.

1. Mini Kewpie mayo

Japanese mayonnaise has gained popularity around the world due to its unique sweet flavor. Kewpie’s travel-sized mayo bottles are easy to pack and make a great gift for that trendy foodie friend. (Oh, and if you’re not a huge fan of mayo, you can also buy other mini versions of Japanese sauces at most convenience stores.) 

2. Cup noodles

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Another convenience store favorite. This college dorm staple originally hails from the land of the rising sun. As a result, unique flavors such as cheese curry or tomato are just as readily available as the original flavors. This lightweight product packs well and piques even the pickiest eater’s interest.

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Dried squid for a snack, or saki ika, was something which we ate when we were young children . . . not with beer but with a glass of milk.

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