Oriental Bazaar is just that, BIZARRE! If you ever take a Japanese friend here, they will find a lot of goods to be less than authentic. However, people receiving the gifts probably won't notice the difference.
They have dishes, hankerchiefs, yukatas, kimonos, make-up cases, and furniture plus a whole lot more. Most of the shoppers are non-Japanese searching for that perfect souvenir.
If you're in pursuit of the perfect souvenir from Japan, plan a stop at the Oriental Bazaar in Harajuku. The place has a reputation among foreigners as being a place where you can find both typical touristy products as well as authentic antiques. Be sure to check out the kimono section in the basement. They offer a nice selection of new and vintage ones. The main floor hosts a selection of tea cups, dolls, lacker ware dishes, and similar odds and ends. In the upper stories, you'll find the antiques. There are many things that are simply interesting to look at, like old tobacco pipes, netsuke, and combs. Be advised, all of the netsuke is pricey. They also have a large selection of antique furniture. There are plenty of characteristically Japanese desks and chests. The Oriental Bazaar is more than happy to ship any of these pieces home for you, but doing so is expensive. Over all, the shop is a nice place to pick up momentous.
Dreaming of that perfect yukata? Trying to find your wife something that is authentic Japanese for her birthday? The Oriental Bazaar is the best place to find all things that you would consider when you think of ancient Japan. The first floor and lower level are one in the same, but the second and third floors are run by independent dealers, making the bazaar and competitive place to shop. I particularly enjoyed walking around the store, just admiring all the pieces and then would think who would like something like it. The bazaar is a spacious store with lots of goods of various sorts. You can buy furniture, antiques, screens on the third floor, or kimono's, yukata’s, or some other fancy goods on the lower level. My favorite part was the antiques on the third floor because they were so diverse and extremely interesting. They had pieces that looked like they were straight from a 17th century household. The screens are extremely beautiful and the plates had such detail in them that I was quite impressed. The prices were very reasonable, not too cheap nor too expensive. The bazaar is simply an interesting place to go and shop for all sorts of tourists.