Amazing Recommendations from The Staff of Tokuya

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Do you remember the cute $2 shop Tokuya on Bourke Street?


Our editors visited them today and came back with 5 recommended items for Japan in Melbourne‘s Aussie and Japanese readers.

According to Saito san, who recommended these items, they are the best sellers in the store and some of them are popular birthday ideas, too.


For those who are interested in Japanese culture, Origami is something you can not miss. In Tokuya, Saito san introduced three types of Origami paper to us: one is for children with dot lines on the paper which make it easy to fold, one is papers with traditional Japanese patterns, and another one is papers with instructions in it which is ideal for beginners.

In Japan, the Chawan Mushi cup is only for egg custard, but guess what, after it came to Melbourne, local Aussies created a new way to use it — as a candle holder! In Tokuya, you can easily find the scent free tealight candles or other cute candles to go with these Japanese “candle holder”s. Not bad as part of home decoration, right?

If you are looking for gifts for your Japanese friends, Tokuya has something for you too!

These lunch boxes are “very popular amont urban Japanese commuters for they could fit in briefcases,” says Saito san.

Now in summer, these ones may be better choices since they come in with refrigerant to keep it cool. It’s ideal for fruits, especially in summer.  In Tokuya, this kind of “Cool” lunch boxes also come in different shapes to meet different needs.

Not really into bento? No worries! These cute foldable sandwich boxes are perfect for those who like quike and easy lunch. They can be folded into compact size and come in different colors. If you are looking for presents for people who like Japanese culture, this cute sandwich box will definitely make you the best friend forever!


Apart from Saito san’s recommendation, our editor also found something so cute that she would like to make a recommendation!



Chopsticks? Yes, but they are something more than chopsticks. They are Practice Chopsticks, which means they could help you to learn how to use chopsticks correctly!! By putting your fingers into the green and yellow ring, you will be holding the chopsticks in the right way, and after you get used to them, you will be able to use chopsticks like a Japanese person! Isn’t that great!

In Tokuya, there are far more cute and clever things that we did not cover in this article. If you are interested, feel free to visit them, the helping staff, like Saito san, will give you their best service and all the assistance you need.

Photo by Sherry & Nanae
Story by Sherry


222 Bourke Street Basement Level, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: 03-9650-9470

Business hours:
Mon-Wed: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu, Fri: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat-Sun: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm


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