gift giving

Add a Stylish Twist to Your Gift Wrapping With the Japanese Furoshiki!

Christmas and New Year may be over, but the act of giving gifts isn’t! Whether it’s to celebrate a loved one’s birthday or to congratulate a colleague, gift giving plays an important role in gatherings. And while you can’t judge a gift by its wrapper, there’s nothing wrong with spending a significant amount of time…

Doing a Homestay in Japan? Here Are 6 Things You Should Do for the Best Experience

I recently experienced a homestay with a Japanese family in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. It was a valuable and memorable experience to know and explore the lifestyle of a typical Japanese family, understand their culture and traditions, and also eat delectable home-cooked food. I stayed with Obaasan (grandmother), and her daughter who lived nearby often…

Discover the Beautiful Japanese Art of Knitting Dolls, and Try Making Them!

When you read the word “crochet” or “knit”, you will probably think of things that relate to winter essentials like sweaters, beanies, and shawls. Perhaps you will think there is nothing new you can learn about crochet and knitting. Well, in Japan there is a unique way in which crochet and knitting are put to…

Ever Heard of the Summer Gift-Giving (Ochuugen) Season in Japan? Here is Everything You Need to Know!

Now is the season for sending gifts in Japan as the Ochuugen season kicks off in summer. Ever wondered why and how this custom came about and the things to take note of when buying gifts? Read on to learn more about Ochuugen! Gift for Ochuugen View this post on Instagram 御中元のお返しはしましたか🌻? めんたいパークでは御中元のお返しにオススメな贈答用明太子をご用意しております✨✨ 用途などに合わせて、選んでいただける商品が盛りだくさんです‼️ まだ御中元を送っていなかった❗️という方も、是非お世話になった方々へ夏の贈り物を選んでみてくださいね🌻❤️…