The Japanese safflower, known as the benibana, will start to bloom this week in Japan’s Yamagata prefecture. While that is an annual affair, you can see bargains bloom on Yahoo! Auctions every day! Whether you’re going to enjoy nature or stay inside, this week’s recommendations will help you pick out a final spring souvenir.
A Sip of Mt. Fuji with Tajima Glass
Tokyo’s Tajima Glass mixes Edo era craftmanship with 21st century design. Although they use modern technology to guarantee precision, each piece is meticulously handmade, ensuring that every item is one of a kind. A popular product are their Mt. Fuji inspired drink glasses. The Mt. Fuji Glass has the holy mountain carved in the bottom, while the Hoei glass mimics the landmark’s iconic shape. The recommended Hoei glass also has a sakura colored version that can be bought individually or in a set. No matter which you choose, you have to imagine anything tastes better when drinking out of a mountain.
Perfect Ribs Anywhere Thanks to Snow Peak
Dutch ovens are a common sight in many kitches and on campgrounds, but you’ve probably never seen one like this. The Micro Capsule, from the family-run Niigata brand Snow Peak, is a small cast iron oven designed to cook long foods such as ribs, fish, asparagus, and more. It especially excels at cooking meat, as the compact size ensures that all parts are evenly grilled. For those who want to pack light when camping, it serves as the perfect tool for late night cooking.
Race Kansai Style with Choro Q
Takara Tomy is one of the most popular toy makers in Japan. Focusing on cars, they have entertained Japanese youth for over 60 years. Even adults are impressed by their level of detail and creative designs. The Choro Q brand specializes in tiny vehicles with pullback motors. Valuing uniqueness over realism, this brand is very distinct from Takara Tomy’s other offerings. This takoyaki-shaped car was originally only available in Osaka, but thanks to Yahoo! Auctions anyone can enjoy this tiny octoball racer.
Nanoblock’s Tiny Wonders
Think Lego, but smaller. The rising popularity of Nanoblock can be attributed to their diverse designs. Animals, historical sites, pop culture, no matter your interest there is assuredly a set for you. Why just settle with one set though when you could have 26? Yahoo! Auctions excels in bundles, and this auction has over two dozen Nanoblock sets to tackle yourself or gift to friends. Most are animals, but instruments, Santa Claus, and the popular Japanese souvenir daruma are also included.
Start Your Antique Collection with Retro Knick Knacks
Auctions are the perfect place to find antiques. The thrill of stumbling upon something you’ve never seen before, and at a great price, can’t be beat. These nostalgic decorations and good luck charms make for an excellent conversation piece. Included in the set are classic wooden kokeshi dolls, sandals, a helmet, jar, and more. The kokeshi are an particularly popular item, as each region has their own distinct designs and shape.
If you missed out on these specific items, don’t worry as Yahoo! Auctions gets thousands of entries every minute. Search for keywords via Buyee, and see if you can find an even better deal than what’s listed here! Check back next Friday for more bargains!