It is a tradition in Japan, and among many Japanese Americans, to periodically give gifts to certain people. The two big gift giving seasons are o-chugen that takes place in the middle of summer and o-seibo which takes place at the end of the year. These gifts are given to express gratitude to people who provided some type of care during the year. Examples are bosses, parents, relatives and teachers. O-chugen gifts are usually sent from early to mid-July and o-seibo gifts are usually sent from early to mid- December. This is a nice tradition because it shows certain people that you really appreciate what they do for you. You too can participate in this excellent Japanese tradition by giving a gift to someone you care about during the o-chugen or o-seibo seasons.
Today people typically have their o-chugen and o-seibo gifts delivered to recipients from an online store. Some people, however, will bring gifts to recipient’s homes. Gifts range widely in prices, but typically gifts will cost from under $30 to $100 per gift. Popular gifts are sets of assorted beer, desserts, tea and many other food items. Sweets are often given to families with children. Non-food o-seubo and o-chugen items can also be given. You can find examples of non-food gift items on Asian online stores such as www.zodiacals.com. Each gift package should be labeled with the words “o-seibo” or “o-chugen”. Ideally these words should be written on a thin paper, which in Japan is called noshi.
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