I was in Little Tokyo yesterday and bought a broom in the Japanese grocery store. I had seen a more impressive one at Anzen Hardware earlier with a bamboo handle and an untrimmed bundle of broom straw wound tightly around the base. I liked it but thought it was too expensive. It would have been justified if I had an immaculate garden and used it to gently brush away the odd fallen leaf.
The broom pictured here is also made of bamboo (sheathed in plastic). It's very light, cost very little and is very effective. I'm going to keep it outside on the balcony and sweep regularly.