Daimaru is one of Japan’s most well-known department chain stores that sells everything from clothing, accessories, food and more. The Tokyo branch can be found at Tokyo Station. Every year you see lots of people scrambling to seek out a Tokyo gift on the ground floor and first floor of the shop where they sell both traditional Japanese and western confectioneries.
2018 is the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac, which is good news because a whopping 50 dog-themed gifts have been announced at Daimaru to welcome the New Year. Whether you’re looking for a New Year’s gift or something for your loved one, we’re going to show you the best 6 items on the list and the stores selling them, so you know where you need to go in Tokyo Daimaru.
Mozoroff: New Year’s Welcome Denmark Cream Cheese Cake (Dog) – ￥1,080
Mozoroff’s popular cheesecake has had a little makeover to make it appropriate for 2018: a dog version!
Minamoto Kitchoan: Ema Fukushourai – ￥1,296
This set comes with doggy design black soy beans stuffed in sweet bean jelly and melt-in-the-mouth New Year’s dog sweets (for you, not your dog!) Fukushourai means they will bring you good fortune, and they come with an ema which is a Japanese wooden plaque.
Kanou Shojuan: Kanou Shojuan Shichifukujin – ￥2,700
The shichifukujin are the seven gods of luck and good fortune. This little set contains seven different New Year’s good-luck confectioneries such as porgies, lotus root, and chestnut natto. Best of all, they come boxed in the takarabune, the treasure ship that bears the seven lucky gods.
Ryoguchiya Korekiyo: New Year’s Sweet Bean Jelly Gyodaika (2 incl.) – ￥1,836
Contains a set of 2 ‘saogashi,’ a rectangular shaped Japanese sweet, to welcome the New Year.
Funabashiya: New Year’s Saichuu (Dog) – ￥1,850
Comes with a set of 4 dog-shaped and 2 round snacks, all filled with large-grained adzuki bean paste from Hokkaido.
Toraya: New Year’s Sweet Bean Jelly – ￥3,240
Packaged in small limited edition packaging, the heart and skill of Toraya breathes through these sweet bean jelly treats.
We hope you get your hands on some year of the dog goodies for the New Year!
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