Jun 30, 2017
Omiyage: To Give or Not to Give?
Pictures, videos, and
These are just some of the things that remind us about that trip we’ve planned for days, weeks, months, or even for years. It helps us recreate those wonderful memories as vividly as it could in our minds. We post those pictures and videos on our social media to share the positive vibe it has brought to us.
Souvenirs or Omiyage is given to the people we are close with to express that we have not forgotten them during our vacation.
But, do we really "need"to?
In Western culture, Omiyage might be a little different from just purchasing a souvenir.
OMIYAGE is defined as a gift you have bought on your trip intended for co-workers, friends, and family, while a SOUVENIR is usually for oneself.
In the Philippines, we also have our own version of
I asked my Japanese friends and foreign friends if they like giving
From Japanese’s perspective:
• Most of my Japanese friends said that they don’t feel they need to buy
• Others said that they give
• However, some of them feel the “need” to purchase
From a foreigner’s perspective:
• Some stated that they only buy
• While others didn’t feel buy
Offer the things you can afford and make sure to leave something behind for yourself. That’s why when I
If I still have a budget for it, I grab a box of cookies with cute designs and put it in a fancy gift bag, giving it to my friends and some of my colleagues.
I bought them
I do understand that there are some situations that can’t be helped. Let’s face it, no matter how small a gift is, just the thought of someone buying something
How about you? What do you think about this custom?