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Japanese Gift-Giving Culture: Omiyage

Today, we’re taking a look at gift-giving in Japan! You may be familiar with the concept of “omiyage” (souvenirs), where small gifts, often snacks, are exchanged in Japan on different occasions. But have you heard of “oseibo”?

Join our Japanese staff on this episode to learn about the practice of end-of-year gift-giving known as “oseibo,” and to see some of the popular snacks around town!

Unfortunately, due to short-term expiration dates on many of these types of snacks, they aren’t usually available overseas. But don’t fret — you can check out a variety of our in-stock Japanese snacks at HLJ.com!

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  1. What a great educational video! I knew of the practice in Japan, but this is the first time I’ve heard it having an actual name, great thing to learn at the start of the new year! πŸ˜€

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  2. First of all, I hope you guys at HLJ had a great (and safe) Xmas as well as New Year’s Day!
    Todd totally was transported to another dimension when he ate that strawberry egg thing. 🀣 I suppose this tradition is more akin to the practice of gift exchanging with loved ones during Xmas these days? But in this case, I presume this is more of a work-related gesture/tradition kind of a thing? Regardless, this is a great way to end the year and show gratitude among employees and co-workers to help boost morale and a sense of unity.

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    • This kind of omiyage are a liiiiittle different than Christmas gifts — they’re usually for coworkers or folks that you may not be quite as close to, and they can be exchanged many times throughout the year! The gift-giving season we mention in this video is Oseibo, but there’s another in the summer just the same that’s called Ochuugen! And, anytime someone goes on vacation, it’s customary (but not required!) to bring a box or two back for the office πŸ™‚ Always nice to have snacks!

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  3. Happy New Year leg lamp

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    • Happy new year!

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  4. Happy New Year guys

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    • Happy new year!

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  5. I’m not giving any gifts to my boss. Sorry not sorry. xD

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    • The good thing is that it’s not usually a requirement in workplaces, just a nice bonus to the office if you choose to do it!

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  6. Oooh, custard lemon cake? That sounds delicious!

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