Top Ten Only In Japan Holiday Gifts 2014!

10. What do you give the person who has everything? They’ve already got a one-shot coffee maker. And a one-shot tea machine. But I bet they don’t have a ONE-SHOT MISO SOUP MAKER!

Because who doesn't consume so much miso soup they need it instantly at all times? (Seen at Yodabashi Camera in Akihabara)

Because who doesn’t consume so much miso soup they need it instantly at all times? (Seen at Yodabashi Camera in Akihabara)

9. Landing a blow for equal opportunity character pillows, the otaku girls on your list will love sleeping with the SINGING PRINCE DREAM CUSHION!

These swoonworthy lads promise "true love 2000%!" (Seen at Kotobuki in Akihabara)

These swoonworthy lads promise “true love 2000%!” (Seen at Kotobuki in Akihabara)

8. And for princesses whose rigorous beauty routine leaves them too exhausted to lift a washcloth at the end of a long day, how about these ELECTRIC FACE BRUSHES?

Let's hope "Whip & Wash" refers to frothing up a bowl of soapy goodness for facial cleaning purposes rather than any more punishing beauty treatment... (Seen at BIC Camera in Shinjuku)

Let’s hope “Whip & Wash” refers to frothing up a bowl of soapy goodness for facial cleaning purposes rather than any more punishing beauty treatment… (Seen at BIC Camera in Shinjuku)

7. Give the mom on your list the stress relief gift that keeps on giving: children will never have to be nagged into eating their vegetables again if they’re distracted by this adorable SITTING BEAR RICE MOLD.

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With this cute bear staring them in the face, they won’t even realize you’re trying to feed them that old family recipe: Weenies & Veggies (Seen at Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro)

 

6. And every time global warming rears its ugly head next year, your giftees will thank you if you present them with this weird and yet strangely compelling UNBRELLA.

Refuses to blow out in even the most severe hurricanes, typhoons and other weather disasters. (Seen at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya)

Refuses to blow out in even the most severe hurricanes, typhoons and other weather disasters. (Seen at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya)

5. Does someone you know love catch-your-own noodles, but finds themselves inconveniently far from Chaya Kado in the summertime? Now they can enjoy nagashi somen in their very own home with the WHITE BEAR NOODLE FOUNTAIN.

Chilled water gushes from the polar bear's mouth and trickles merrily down to the rotating ring below, for noodle-snagging fun anytime, anywhere. (Seen at Loft in Shibuya)

Chilled water gushes from the polar bear’s mouth and trickles merrily down to the rotating ring below, for noodle-snagging fun anytime, anywhere. (Seen at Loft in Shibuya)

4. Women can never have too many accessories, and I’ll bet you a barrel of wiggling sea eels she doesn’t have a RED TELEPHONE PURSE.

Trust me on this: She doesn't have one, but she WANTS one. (Seen at Aki-Oka Artisan in Akihabara)

Trust me on this: She doesn’t have one, but she WANTS one. (Seen at Aki-Oka Artisan Co-op in Akihabara)

3. Give the gift of slimming: The most surefire diet aid I saw all year was this JAPANESE TOILET CURRY PLATE.

Seriously, would YOU lick your plate clean if your curry rice came on one of these? (Seen at Village Vanguard in Shimokitazawa)

Seriously, would YOU lick your plate clean if your curry rice came on one of these? (Seen at Village Vanguard in Shimokitazawa)

2. For the stalker wannabe on your list, this stealthy BOW TIE VOICE CHANGER.

Because nobody will ever guess the guy muttering into his plastic light-up bow tie is up to anything shady. (Seen at the discount shops on the street where maids give out flyers in Akihabara)

Because nobody will ever guess the guy muttering into his plastic light-up bow tie is up to anything shady. (Seen at the discount shops on the street where maids give out flyers in Akihabara)

1. And for that hard-to-shop-for person whose decorating taste runs to crafts & weapons, this FRAMED HANDGUN REPLICA MADE ENTIRELY OF WOOD.

You can't have too many. (Seen at Aki-Oka Artisan in Akihabara)

You can’t have too many. (Seen at Aki-Oka Artisan Co-op in Akihabara)

And of course, if there are any book lovers on your list, you can get your shopping done in a flash, because the Only In Tokyo mystery series is finally out in PAPERBACK!

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The first book in this series set in Tokyo is Nightshade:

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman dressed as a Gothic-Lolita is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the websites where lost souls go to make a date with death…Read more

…or watch the trailer! (0:52)