One of the most rewarding achievements that we as humans can pursue is the learning of another language. Learning Japanese specifically allows us to better understand and communicate with an incredible culture filled with rich history, entertainment, and so much more.
But learning a language (especially one like Japanese) is no easy task! To aid in Japanese language learning around the world, we've put together this list of Japanese gift ideas for the Japanese language learner or culture enthusiast in your life.
Top Gifts for Japanese Language Learners
This best-selling set of two high quality artistic 11" x 17" (28 x 43 cm) prints contain the full Hiragana and Katakana alphabets and will add a touch of sophistication to any room! Use the Hiragana and Katakana Charts to fully master the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets - you won't need any other resources.
Hang them up on your wall for constant reinforcement and learning. These also serve as perfect wall décor for those barren walls in your office or bedroom!
For those who have started venturing into learning Kanji, The Genki Kanji Poster will make the perfect gift. The King Size 24" by 36" (61 x 91 cm) laminated, high-quality print contains over 300 of the most important kanji, specifically for the Elementary and Intermediate levels. The poster is printed on High Quality 100# Gloss Paper with matte lamination on both sides, and features a Museum-grade Matte Finish for extra style and durability.
The Hiragana and Katakana Magnet Sets are a set of 46 magnets each, with each magnet representing one basic character in its respective alphabet. They are especially useful for teaching children the two alphabets but can be used by anyone on any magnetic surface at home or in the classroom!
Use the Hiragana and Katakana Magnet Sets to fully master the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets. Arrange the magnets to create words and sentences to help you learn every character of these two Japanese alphabets.
Calling all coffee and tea drinkers! If the Japanese language learner in your life enjoys a cup or three of coffee every day, these mugs make the perfect gift. Learn and memorize the alphabets every day with every sip of your coffee or tea. The mugs are created using sophisticated sublimation printing to prevent fading, and feature Premium High Gloss White/Black finish for extra style and durability.
If the Japanese language learner in your life is more of an eater than a coffee drinker, these dining mats will make the perfect gift for them!
Each set of 2 100% BPA Free Silicone dining mats (1 Hiragana & 1 Katakana, each 16" x 12" / 40cm x 30cm) contains the full Hiragana and Katakana alphabets including variations, with the English translations and pronunciations underneath each character.
The placemats have a sleek, minimalist design that will add a touch of sophistication to your dining room or even your office desk. They are created using sophisticated sublimation printing to prevent fading, and feature Premium Touch Oil finish for extra style and durability.
Top Gifts for Japanese Culture Enthusiasts
The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Japanese: 神奈川沖浪裏) is a woodblock print by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. It was published sometime between 1829 and 1833 in the late Edo period and depicts an enormous wave threatening three boats off the coast in the Sagami Bay while Mount Fuji rises in the background.
This stunning framed canvas art, which is based off Hokusai's most famous work and is often considered the most recognizable work of Japanese art in the world, is sure to add a beautiful, modern touch to any wall in your home or office.
Here's another one for the food enthusiasts and aspiring chefs! Masterfully forged from Premium High-Carbon Stainless Steel, this Premium Japanese Damascus Kitchen Knife Set is built to last so that you will never need another set of kitchen knives again.
Each knife is etched with a traditional Damascus pattern, a style of knife-making whose history stretches back over 1000 years.
This 8-piece knife set is also available in a Blue Resin pattern.