by Melissa Forester
one: For those traveling home this summer and looking for distinctive souvenirs, the National Art Center, Tokyo has selected special products to represent the city. From clothing to books and from house wares to toys, there is sure to be something for even the choosiest of recipients, like these quirky kokeshin dolls. National Art Center, Tokyo (www.cibone.com/sft), ¥16,800.
two: A mix between an analog watch and designer Matthew Waldman’s graphic interpretation of time, the hours on this chic timepiece are represented by twelve dots, while the horizontal notches count the minutes. It includes a back light, alarm, Italian leather strap, durable stainless-steel case, and a mineral crystal. MoMA Store (www.momastore.jp), ¥44,100.
three: Whether you’re writing letters home to friends and family or just jotting down a note for your housemate, everyone loves getting handwritten letters, especially if it’s written on beautiful stationary. These witty and fun envelopes and paper are designed by Andy Warhol and are sure to perk up anyone’s mood, particularly when paired with the included shoe, purse, button, lipstick, and accessories stickers. MoMA Store (www.momastore.jp), ¥1,180.
four: Stylishly accessorize your outdoor space while repelling insects with these adorable mosquito coil pots in the shape of pigs. The coils are made with natural materials rather than harsh chemicals, and are scented with chrysanthemum incense. Pots are available in two fresh summer colors. Cibone (www.cibone.com), ¥892–¥1,785.
five: Style up your life with a durable Tausche messenger bag, perfect for zipping through the streets of Tokyo on your bicycle. Bags come in nine sizes, ten body colors, and a variety of inset patterns. You can choose from over one hundred different removable flaps, and mix and match according to your mood. Tausche (www.tausche-berlin.de), ¥16,800.
six: Fireworks are a huge summer tradition in Japan, attracting crowds from around the country. Japanese fireworks were originally created in the Edo Period, and these replicas are made to represent the history and beauty of the tradition. Made with high quality, locally sourced raw materials and carefully crafted to bring both fun and history to your summer festivities. Cibone (www.cibone.com), ¥3,675 yen.