5 Must-Buy Pieces of Clothing to Get on Your Visit to Japan
Japanese fashion is synonymous with “trendsetting,” and when it comes to shopping in Japan, especially in its urban centers, you’re sure to find the latest clothing and accessories. But, if you plan to shop ‘til you drop during your trip to Japan, you might not have enough space in your luggage for all the things you’re bound to find.
What to do? No need to worry, as we’ve rounded up the top five items you must buy on your trip to Japan. Practical and stylish, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth with these pieces that will allow you to incorporate your love of Japan into your daily life.
Make a bold fashion statement with a sukajan, a heavily embroidered satin bomber jacket. Sukajan is the abbreviation for “Yokosuka Jumper,” a nod to the personalised MA-1 bomber jackets with distinctly Japanese embroidery worn by American soldiers at Yokosuka Base in the years after World War II.
In the past decade, the popularity of sukajan has revived, and there’s no shortage of the colors and patterns available in Japan. Sukajan are a unisex item that can be worn in a variety of ways, making them a unique addition to your wardrobe. Opt for a reversible sukajan to widen your fashion options.
An attractive alternative to tattoos that won’t leave you with regret are t-shirts with kanji, or Chinese characters, emblazoned on them. Popular choices are the kanji for “Japan” (日本), “love” (愛) and “samurai” (侍).
When you buy a kanji t-shirt in Japan, you know what’s written on your t-shirt is genuine and authentic. You’ll have no doubt that when you buy a shirt for “cool,” it will indeed say “cool” and not “miso soup.”
And, if you are in fact looking for a kanji t-shirt that will help you proclaim your love for Japan’s national soup, there’s bound to be one out there somewhere. Just look for a shirt that says 味噌汁.
You may already be familiar with the Japanese custom of removing one’s shoes before entering a home, shrine, or temple. Although slippers are worn in homes and set aside for guests, socks are an important accessory that allow you to put your best foot forward, so to speak.
You’ll find a large selection of socks in any clothing store, but for seemingly unlimited options, head to a sock store, where you will find an incredible assortment of colorful socks, five-toed socks, athletic socks, tabi (socks that go with Japanese geta sandals), thermal socks, fuzzy socks, antiperspirant socks, anti-odor socks, socks that keep your feet cool in the summer...the list goes on!
Zori and Geta
Zori, traditional Japanese footwear with a platform sole, are similar to western flip-flops. They are traditionally paired with white tabi socks and worn kimono and hakama at formal events.
Its informal counterpart, geta, are wooden, clog-like footwear that are worn in yukata and jinbei in the summertime. High-soled geta are even worn in the wintertime or during the rainy season to keep feet dry from snow and rain!
Put a quirky spin on your western outfit with these eye catching footwear that make a statement—and fun noise—as you walk. You’re sure to turn heads wherever you go.
Produced by Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo, “HEATTECH” is a range of innerwear made of a revolutionary fabric that keeps you comfortably warm even on the coldest of days. Despite their appearance, these ultra thin, lightweight pieces of clothing are surprisingly good at insulating your body in cold weather.
The product works by trapping and retaining body heat, so when selecting a size, always opt for pieces that conform to your body, rather than choosing something loose. “HEATTECH” are available at any Uniqlo and its extensive lineup includes pieces for men, women, and children.
If you live in cold climates, be sure to pick up “HEATTECH Extra Warm,” which are thicker and up to 1.5 times warmer than the regular version.