Looking for something quintessentially Japanese for that perfect gift or souvenir? Each month, we round up some of our favorite artisanal items made by local craftsmen and designers. January is all about health and beauty…

Daily Juice “D.J.” by Sunshine Juice, Inc.

Daily Juice “D.J.” gives you quality, health and a delicious taste in one serving. The 100 percent natural juice is made using a cold press method with no sugars or water added, containing only the water produced from the vegetables and fruit.

From ¥13,889 (one-month plan) to ¥27,778 (three-month plan), www.sunshinejuice.jp

Natural Alkaline Hot Spring Water Zaiho by Zaiho Co., Ltd.

This natural alkaline hot spring water is pumped from 1,000 meters underground in Tarumizu city, located at the foot of Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu. The water is so mild and safe that it can be used to prepare baby formula, and is perfect for cooking and making tea or coffee.

¥1,570-¥3,910, www.zaiho.jp

Moringa Power Powder by Japan Trade Arch, Inc.

Moringa Power Powder is a superfood rich in beneficial nutrients and perfect for overly busy customers who need a health boost. The moringa plant used in the product is organically grown and imported from the Philippines.

¥2,500, www.jtradearch.co.jp

Marumage Do-It-Yourself Traditional Japanese Hairstyle Kit by Otomo Chisato Design Co., Ltd.

Achieving a Nihongami hairstyle (a traditional Japanese hairstyle usually worn with kimono), is a complicated process that usually involves at least an hour at a hair salon. This kit helps you set your hair in just 10 minutes without damaging your strands, and features special attachments that add volume where you need it.

¥8,148, www.fukagawaodori.com

Fucica by Cacari, LLC.

Add a twist to your daily makeup with Fucica, a local cosmetics brand incorporating traditional Japanese hues based on the Yamato color chart. The brand delivers playful and vibrant makeup hues made with skin-friendly ingredients.

¥1,900-¥6,500, www.fucica.com

Marshmallow Gauze by Uchino Co., Ltd.

Marshmallow Gauze pajamas is a range of sleepwear composed of lightweight material that provides comfort and a soft touch. The material is appropriate for both summer and winter seasons, offering a luxurious experience come rain or shine.

¥20,000, www.uchino.shop

Geroko Monogatari Nagomi Sheet by Okuda-Mataemon-Ko Honpo, Inc. 

These sheets are a modern version of the medicinal compress sheets famously associated with Gero Hot Springs. Using essential oils and blending selected fragrances such as lavender, chamomile, rose and yuzu citrus, the sheets give a calming effect and a gentle aroma that is pleasant to the senses.

¥270 for 4 sheets, www.geroko.co.jp

Beauty Care Towel Voga by Asano Nenshi Co., Ltd. 

Combining Super Zero 425, a highly absorbent fabric that is soft and fast drying, with Cupra, a fabric known for its gentleness, this towel dries your hair and skin quickly with a soft touch. Also, don’t you love the color gradation?

¥2,500-¥20,000, voga-japan.jp/en

Osaji Raw Soap by Nitto Elechemic Co., Ltd.

Brought to life by a metal plating company, this new type of soap was created by mixing oil and alkali, causing a chemical reaction that produces soap and glycerin, a humectant that attracts moisture. The soap provides cleansing and moisturizing effects while producing a soft foam that’s suitable for sensitive skin.

¥1,600, www.osaji.net

All featured products are part of Omotenashi Selection, a project that brings together fine handcrafted items from around Japan and shares them with international audiences.

For more info, go to omotenashinippon.jp/selection/en

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