While strolling through shopping districts in Japan, you may stumble across a pink lettered sign that reads Daiso. According to their corporate website, Daiso has over 2,600 locations in Japan. This chain of stores carry some of the most inexpensive Japanese items, stationary, toys, and other home products. While not a true dollar store, most items range from ¥100 to ¥300 ($1 to $3). Stores vary in size, but expect many categorized aisles with thousands of items.
Some great gift ideas carried at Daiso are sushi key chains, fun chopstick rests, and colorful fans. The overall quality of their goods are much better than a typical dollar store found in the United States. While you can find more detailed items elsewhere, the price is unreal. For example, Don Quijote (a popular chain store) sells sushi key chains and fans for ¥600 to ¥800 ($6 to $8). Daiso stores are located around the world as well. There may be a location near you If you are lucky enough to live in California, Washington, or Texas. Check out the Daiso store locator to see your closest location.
Where the pictured items were bought