【SUMMER】Ochugen, The gift of summer

Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who is taking care of you. 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. During the Ochugen season you can find many unique and special items from all around Japan! The type of gift given usually depends on the recipient: Sweets are given to families with children Somen (Japanese fine noodles) […]

2018-09-05   Manners, Seasonal Activities, Traditions,


Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who is taking care of you. 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.

Delicately wrapping your gift is important in Japanese culture.

At the beginning of July each year Japanese department stores prepare for this event with special displays and offer delivery service.

During the Ochugen season you can find many unique and special items from all around Japan!

The type of gift given usually depends on the recipient:

  • Sweets are given to families with children
  • Somen (Japanese fine noodles) or fruit are given to teachers
  • Beer can be given to a boss or manager.

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