If you choose to bring electrical appliance as your souvenir after visit Japan, maybe you an outdated generation. Nowadays, foreign tourist prefer to choose local agricultural product as a gift for they beloved one at home.
At the Sun Fruits shop in Nihonbashi Mitsu-koshi department store in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, many premium fruits such as muskmelons and shine muscat, a kind of speciality grape, are stocked on the shelves. According to the fruit shop, recently, there has been a change in the type of customers who have been visiting the shop.
According to deputy manager of the Sun Fruits shop, as quoted by The Japan Times, foreign tourists, especially South-east Asian visitors, are buying (high-grade fruits) them as souvenirs.
"One tourist after another buys fruits that cost thousands of yen and takes them back home," he added.
Foreign tourists also send agricultural products they purchase to the airport before their departure. In cases where plant quarantine is required, delivery companies carry out the necessary procedures on their behalf. Foreign tourists then receive the agricultural products at the airport and take them back home.
A souvenir shop at Narita Airport Terminal 2 in Chiba Prefecture sold Japanese fruits on a trial basis this summer. A tourist from Hong Kong bought a melon in a box priced at 3,500 yen (S$41.90), including tax. The similar things seen at the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, where a corner with fresh agricultural products was set up in a duty-free shop in May last year. For tourists who cannot take back fresh agricultural products due to plant quarantine rules, fruit is sold in cups to eat at the airport or on the plane.