Gifts from Nichi Bei Bussan for under $50


Japanese camera cases.

Japanese camera cases.

Nichi Bei Bussan has a wide variety of Japanese gifts including traditional dishware, martial arts apparel, unique collectibles and a fantastic selection of books.

Japanese Camera Case ($7.95)

Give a unique and useful gift with fun Japanese flair! These soft-shell Japanese fabric carrying cases can be used as camera holders for the photographer in the family, or as small pouches for kids. Friendly animal faces adorn the outside of these fun, zippered pouches for added personality!

Handcrafted Stationery ($8.95-$9.95)

Don’t just give an ordinary holiday card this season; give friends and loved ones Japanese art in the form of a card! These beautiful, individually wrapped stationery cards and envelopes are handmade exclusively by local artist Alice Kubo using different papers, foils and metallics, and vary in design and color.

Handcrafted stationary.

Tabi Socks ($9.95)

Originally made to wear with traditional Japanese footwear, these socks are in the same style with a modern twist. A great stocking stuffer for all ages, these socks come in a variety of sizes, patterns and colors for men, women and children. Wear them with your favorite flip-flops or sandals to keep feet warm this winter, or as a substitute for slippers in the house!

Tabi socks.

Bento Box Cookbook ($16.95)

Japanese culture is known not only for mastering delicious culinary recipes, but for attentive, tasteful and unique presentation. The latest in food trends, bento box cookbooks include healthy recipes for lunchbox style meals-on-the-go as well as detailed instructions on food arranging and garnishing! One popular title includes: “Yum-Yum Bento Box — Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches” by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa. Can you say oishii?!

“The Tokyo Lookbook” ($29.95)

Calling all trendsetters, fashionistas and pop culture addicts! Whether you’re looking to please the fashion-forward person on your list this season or just take a glimpse into the scene-stealing Japanese fashion culture, this is a must buy! This full-color book features more than 200 pages of fashion commentary by Philomena Keet and edgy photography by Yuri Manabe. From “stylish to spectacular, goth to gyaru, sidewalk to catwalk,” this “Lookbook” is a great addition to a modern collection and doubles as a fascinating coffee table book.

"The Tokyo Lookbook."

Onomik Wine Holders ($19.95)

These rich, velvety cloth coverings dress up any bottle of wine. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or wish to present the host with a tasteful gift, these wine holders by Onomik jazz up any table or bar top. Available in red, green and black, with varying Japanese patterns on the inside collar.

Onomik wine holders.

Japanese Print/Terry Cloth Aprons ($24.95)

Both stylish and durable, these unique aprons feature Japanese prints and terry cloth material in a women’s babydoll style that makes a perfect gift for the leading lady of the kitchen.

Japanese print/terry cloth aprons.

“The Sake Handbook” ($14.95)

Called “the best currently available sake guidebook in English” by the San Francisco Chronicle, this easy-to-read guide goes down as easy as the sake explored within its pages! Great for the beginning taster or connoisseur of sake, this book goes into detail of all varieties of the classic Japanese beverage.

"The Sake Handbook."

Nichi Bei Bussan is located at 140 E. Jackson St. in San Jose’s Japantown. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. Call (408) 294-8048 or visit

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