Last week, I went to the International Bazaar at the Tokyo American Club to kick off my holiday shopping. We want to bring back some little mementos of our time here for friends and family. This event seemed like the perfect place to start.
Open to the public, the bazaar showcased handmade and imported items from throughout Asia. I had to keep reminding myself this shopping trip wasn’t about me — well, almost. Japan is a country of artisans, true craftsmen and women who have mastered their art. They make some incredible things, from woodblock prints to washi paper and beautiful wooden dolls.
After checking some names off my list, I settled on this little lacquer box for myself, which gets its incredible bronze accents from a layer of gold leaf. As you can see from my glaring reflection, it’s very shiny, and ladies love shiny things. I saw it after first arriving and couldn’t stop thinking about it.
When I got home and unpacked the box, I placed it among some of our other little tokens from our travels and got excited about our growing collection. While our place may be small, I’m glad we have these little remembrances sprinkled throughout our home to make it feel warm.
We’re very lucky to be able to travel as much as we do, and we’ve learned the cost of the souvenir isn’t important at all — it’s the memories each trigger that determine their real value.
Here are some sights from the past week: