1. Gift-giving in Japan

    Culture Gift-giving in Japan

    Gift giving in Japan involves complex and elaborate rules and is part of a more extensive system of social exchange. Gifts are given each time another person is visited and usually exchanged on other particular occasions. Not a week goes by without an average Japanese family either giving or...
  2. Omiyage

    Culture Omiyage

    Omiyage (御土産 or お土産) are Japanese souvenir gifts travellers bring from their trips. Almost every destination in Japan has its specialities in food, traditional art, crafts, etc. The omiyage industry built around gift-giving is huge and very lucrative. Japanese feel a strong obligation to bring...