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I Left My Heart in a Traditional Japanese Room T-Shirts

Happy New Year! Now that the holiday madness is over… I have the next holiday in mind. Haha, just kidding, because Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday at all, just another day the card and chocolate companies made up in order for us to spend our money.

Having said that, I’m thinking that this year I won’t be giving “edible” Valentine’s Day presents. While I love chocolates and fresh flowers like the next girl, I’d like to both give and receive something that would actually be useful and practical. A sign of getting old, I guess :)

I do love the idea of a Day of Love, not just for lovers per se but for everyone, including family and friends and co-workers. I like to think of Valentine’s Day as a way to say “Thank you for being you” to the people that matter.

Here are some gift ideas. In this post I’m taking the “I Left My Heart” theme and focusing on Japanese traditional interiors & exteriors. All these items are customizable: you can add names and initials to make them unique for the gift recipient.

I Left My Heart in a Shinto Shrine

This t-shirt shows a hishaku (dipper) for washing the hands before entering a jinja or Shinto shrine. This one was at the Iseyama Kotai-jingu in Yokohama, Japan.

The images have a paper overly to add texture and a vintage-y look. If you miss visiting shrines in Japan, or simply like the shape of the bamboo dipper, then this shirt is for you.

A dark-colored version is also available.

I Left My Heart in a Japanese Room

This photo shows an old, traditional Japanese room, with a fumizukue or low writing desk, tatami or grass mats and shoji or paper screen.

I put a paper overlay over the image for added texture and a vintage-y feel. If you miss the traditional wooden houses in Japan, or simply like this simple, natural interior style, then this shirt is for you.

Here’s the dark-colored version:

I Left My Heart in a Japanese Room 2

This photo shows an old, traditional Japanese room, with two kinds of shoji or paper screens.

I put a paper overlay over the image for added texture and a vintage-y feel. If you miss the traditional wooden houses in Japan, or simply like this simple, natural interior style, then this t-shirt is for you.

The dark-colored version:

These t-shirts will make a wonderful gift for a friend or family member who has been to Japan and constantly talks about missing being there. Those who are a fan of Japan in general will also appreciate these designs.

The best thing about these t-shirts is that unlike the typical store-bought variety, they are customizable: you can pick any shirt color or style you like, change the name of the city or town in front, and add a person’s name at the back instead of the state or country.

What kind of gifts will you be giving on Valentine’s Day?

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  1. T-shirts ARE practical but since I’m frugal and I don’t want to give cheap trinkets that aren’t of much use, I prefer to give sweet consumables like candy, just to mark the day and tell the person you’re thinking of them.

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