In Japan, pharmacies used to be the only place allowed to sell medicines and drugs. Influenced by the United States, drugstores began to emerge in the 1980s, where people could buy not only pharmaceuticals and cosmetics but also food, commodities, and other daily essentials. Today, over 20,000 drugstores are operating throughout Japan, becoming an indispensable part of people’s lives in the country just like its ubiquitous convenience stores. Japanese drugstores are also quite popular among international visitors, as they sell only quality/safety-approved products under Japan’s strict regulations on the distribution of pharmaceuticals. Drugstores are Emily’s favorite choice when she buys souvenirs for her friends and family before returning home. There are so many cute and inexpensive items like hand creams, mascara, bath salts, and so on that will surely please her friends in Germany.