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Top Ten Only In Japan Holiday Gifts 2013

10. I bet the person on your list who has everything doesn’t have a THOUSAND DOLLAR RICE COOKER!

RiceCooker
It doesn’t slice, dice, or clean up the kitchen for you, but it does feature a cooking liner precision-milled from a single block of steel, for the ultimate in perfect heat distribution! Seen at: Yodabashi Camera, Akihabara

9. Surely you know someone whose garden wouldn’t be complete without a few GNOMES OF VICTORY

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Or, if Gnomes of Enlightenement or Rude Gnomes are more your style, they come in red, blue, black and pink, for your garden decorating pleasure. Seen at: Loft, Shibuya

8. Give the gift of facial warmth and animal shenanigans with the BEARFACE MUFFLER

7. For that perfect head, the SONIC BEER FOAMER

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This device jiggles your beer until it’s got the perfect creamy head, just like in a Japanese bar! Seen at Tokyu Hands, Shibuya and Ikebukuro.

6. Who wouldn’t want to fight the cold with these NYANTASTIC CATSPAW GLOVES?

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Nyanwear is hot this season in Tokyo! Cat lovers can find these at Marui City, Shibuya and Takashimaya Times Square, Shinjuku

5. Every single girl on your list would be delighted to have a VIRTUAL BOYFRIEND to keep her warm at night and whisper sweet nothings in her ear!

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Full-size body pillow printed with boyfriends to match her every whim, each pillow comes with a CD of sweet nothings, to lull you to sleep! Available via White Rabbit Express.

4. Opulence, thy name is LUXURY POTATO HOLDER

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Pimp your ride in host club style! This is just one of the rhinestone-encrusted luxe accessories at the D.A.D. store in Men’s 109, Shibuya!

3. For the hardcore Pokemon fan, the PIKACHU PANCAKE SET lets you have your pocket monsters and eat them too…

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In the case of these Pikachu pancakes, you have to eat the head first. Comes with pancake form and stencil to make the face from cocoa or powdered sugar. Seen at the Pokemon Center.

2. The traveler on your list will be able to brave the wide world of barbarian toilets armed with the squeamishness-banishing PORTA-BIDET

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Screw this water wand onto a pet bottle and put a stream of water where it counts. Seen at BIC Camera, Shinjuku

1. And for those with more liquor bottles than taste, this BOTTLE HOLDER will certainly have pride of place right beneath the black velvet painting of Elvis…

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Forget the shots, this Chihuahua is going for the chug. Seen at (where else?) Don Kihote, Ikebukuro.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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