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Big in Japan, Big in San Fran

Japanese swag to satisfy our Far East fixation.

Shotoku Usuhari glass, $48 at Umami Mart, 815 Broadway St. (near 9th St.), Oakland, 510-575-9152

Narutotai Nama Ginjo Genshu sake, $35 at True Sake, 560 Hayes St. (near Laguna St.), 415-355-9555

Mormyrus washed-linen tote, $138 at Kappa Zakka, 460 Grove St. (near Gough St.), 415-735-5795

Iwachu bottle opener, $22 at Umami Mart, 815 Broadway St. (near 9th St.), Oakland, 510-575-9152

Takeda aogami carbon steel knife, $310 at Town Cutler, 1005 Bush St. (near Jones St.), 415-359-1519

Noda Horo Giraffe coffee pot, $75 at Umami Mart, 815 Broadway St. (near 9th St.), Oakland, 510-575-9152

Welder raincoat, $12.75 at Muji, 540 9th St. (near Bryant St.)

Postalco striped notebook, $20 at Mill Mercantile, 3751 24th St. (near Church St.), 415-401-8920

Tsumori Chisato scarf, $405 at Cielo, 2225 Fillmore St. (near Clay St.), 415-776-0641

Koma spinning wooden top, $8.50 at Rare Device, 600 Divisadero St. (at Hayes St.), 415-863-3969

Yayoi Kasuma Waves oversize sunglasses, $600 at Louis Vuitton, 233 Geary St. (at Stockton St.), 415-391-6200

Julien + Guthrie Cubebot, $32 at SFMOMA Museum Store, 151 Third St. (near Mission St.), 415-357-4000

Kamado Joe Japanese-style ceramic grill, $800 at Cole Hardware, 956 Cole St. (near Parnassus Ave.) 415-753-2653

From kitchen tools to wildly patterned scarves, San Francisco is deep in the throes of an unbridled design-crush on Japan. Following the recent openings of discerning importers Umami Mart, Kappa Zakka, and Turtle & Hare, this month Tokyo housewares chain Muji (540 9th St., near Bryant St.), the holy grail of functional design, not to mention last-minute gifts, unveils its largest U.S. store in SoMa. Here, a trove of Japanese swag to satisfy our city's collective Far East fixation.

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