The Asakusa gift box includes:
- Kanaya tooth brush x1
- Washi Manekineko x1
- Edo Postcard x1
- Paper fan x1
- Soy sauce plate x1
- Cloth Bag x1
- Ningyo-yaki x8
- Kaminari Okoshi x4
- Senbei x1
- Tea powder stick pure Matcha green tea x1
- Tea powder stick pickled plum and kombu seaweed tea x1
For this box, we take you to Asakusa: a part of Tokyo called Shitamachi, where the atmosphere of the old city still lingers.
As you alight from Asakusa metro station the first thing that strikes you is the pleasant smell of tea being roasted right on the streets. This fragrance comes from Masudaen Sohonten shop located in front of the Sumida river. Founded in 1867, the shop offers not only a variety of tea selection but also tea ceremony utensils. We selected a tasting of different powdered teas: pickled plum and kombu seaweed tea and pure matcha green tea.
The symbol of Asakusa is the Senso-ji temple and its huge red paper lantern at Kaminarimon gate. To remind you of it, we have included a beautiful red Japanese paper fan called Uchiwa.
Leading from the lantern to the temple, the Nakamise shopping street. In this street we have found the Sukeroku shop. Founded in 1866, it is the last remaining shop selling Japanese miniature Edo-style toys. Now run by 84 years old Yoshitaka Kimura, his family has passed-on this tradition, introducing the skills of craftsmen for 5 generations. We have included a beautiful Edo style postcards from this shop.
We also selected a good fortune cloth bag. You can use it to store your pens or as a beauty case. There are different japanese masks represented on it. For example, the Otafuku, a mask representing a smiling woman, which can literally be translated as “a lot of good fortune”.
The most popular snack from the Nakamise street are Ningyo-yaki. Ningyo means “doll” and yaki means “baked”. Ningyo-yaki are cakes filled with a sweet red bean paste and baked in molds in the shapes of Asakusa symbols. Two other famous popular are senbei, we chose a delicious black pepper one, and kaminnari okoshi, crispy rice mixed with syrup.
One shop that was recommended to us is the Kanaya Brush store. Founded in 1914, the star item of the company are the toothbrushes made from horse hair. Thanks to the hair elasticity, the brush will clean the teeth while gently massaging the gum tissues.
An other touristic spot that is not to be missed is the Kappabashi street, a one kilometers street lined up with shops selling tableware and cuisine ustensiles for restaurants and bars. From there, we selected a white porcelain soy sauce plate : pour the soy sauce in the place and the carved fish (sea bream) appears.
Finally, we selected a cat-shaped statuette called manekineko, made of washi paper. Indeed, the Imado shrine in Asakusa is believed to be the birthplace of the Manekineko statue. It is said that, a long time ago, an old lady had to part with her cat because she was too poor to take care of it. The next day of the separation, the cat appareaded in her dream, asking her to make cat statuettes to recomfort his soul from having been abandoned. And so the old lady did her best. The statuettes became so popular that she was able to get out of poverty with the sales. This manekineko will bring you good fortune.