Ochugen, The gift of summer

How about a Japanese gift for someone special to you. Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who has taken care of another. This duty is performed once in the summertime, called Ochugen and once at the end of the year called Oseibo. The custom started at the beginning of the Edo period in the 17th century. At the beginning of July each year Japanese department stores prepare for this event with special displays and offer delivery service. The type of gift given usually depends on the recipient and typically sweets are given to families with children, Somen (Japanese fine noodles) or fruit are […]

2017-04-21   Culture, Seasonal,


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How about a Japanese gift for someone special to you.

Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who has taken care of another. This duty is performed once in the summertime, called Ochugen and once at the end of the year called Oseibo.
The custom started at the beginning of the Edo period in the 17th century.
At the beginning of July each year Japanese department stores prepare for this event with special displays and offer delivery service. The type of gift given usually depends on the recipient and typically sweets are given to families with children, Somen (Japanese fine noodles) or fruit are given to teachers, and beer can be given to a boss or manager.
During the Ochugen season you can find many unique and special items from all around Japan.

【writer Rei】

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I’m an example of a female ninja (kunoichi) who came from Shanghai, China. I want to present interesting articles about Japan to the whole world!