What $100 Buys in... Tokyo
Japanese designers are famously future-obsessed, but their best creations pay respect to tradition.
$17 Clogs Geta clogs, traditionally worn with kimonos, date to the 2nd century. Now, Japanese teens wear them with jeans. Oriental Bazaar, 5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 011-81/3-3400-3933.
$8 Toy robot The time-honored craft of origami gets a 21st-century update in these ready-to-assemble paper Piperoid robots. Souvenir from Tokyo, 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, 011-81/3-6812-9933.
$4 Fake sushi Smaller is better in Japanese culture, so it's no surprise that even sushi gets the cute mini treatment. The scallops in this set are the size of your pinkie nail! 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 011-81/3-3409-3431, kiddyland.co.jp.
$25 Bowl Hakusan Porcelain dates back to 1779, but their 2009 noodle dish, with a shelf for condiments, is completely modern. 5-3-10 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, 011-81/3-5774-8850.
$10 Book of maps A befuddling maze of signless streets, Tokyo is impossible to navigate without help. This journal compiles maps drawn on receipts and napkins and has space for your notes. 1-14-11 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 011-81/3-5459-1747.
$9 Snack box The quintessential Japanese snack onigiri, a rice ball wrapped in seaweed, has its own perfectly sized container. Loft Shibuya, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, 011-81/3-3462-3807.
$24 Socks Sou Sou has taken the standard socks with sectioned-off big toes worn with geta clogs and updated them with colorful contemporary patterns. 5-3-10 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, 011-81/3-3407-7877, sousou.co.jp.