What is the best thing to bring home from Tokyo?

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It’s a Japanese custom to return from a trip with omiyage, or souvenirs to share with co-workers, family and friends. And Tokyo’s 23 wards offer a variety of unique souvenirs to bring home. Some include manga or Japanese comic books, from bookstores in Akihabara; cultured pearls from Mikimoto in Ginza; gorgeous Japanese washi paper from Kyukyodo in Ginza; and bamboo charcoal (takesumi), to purify water or to keep fruits and veggies fresh from any local home store. Some of the best places to shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs are the one-stop-shop Oriental Bazaar in Harajuku, the lifestyle store Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, and Loft, also in Shibuya, which offers an extensive array of knickknacks for the home, office and car.  Japan has exotically flavored Kit Kat bars — the name is like a phrase meaning good luck, so the bars are considered lucky charms. Some of the choices include Kit Kats in strawberry, soy sauce, roasted corn, sweet potato and chocolate banana.

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