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Gift-Giving Culture: Anytime of the Year!

If you start living in Japan, the gift-giving culture will be one of your new challenges. Japan is very familiar with gifts, both giving and receiving. We give gifts, receive gifts, anytime and anywhere. Here are some gift rituals we Japanese customarily do. 1. New Year’s Gift We give a gift to persons involved (boss,…

Japanese Tradition: How to Welcome the New Year

People eat Toshikoshi-soba which is buckwheat noodles eaten on new year’s eve. At midnight, people in Japan go to a temple to ring the bell. In Japan, there is a custom of ringing a bell as the new year comes. After doing that, they stop by the main hall of the temple to celebrate the…