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Japanese Gift Giving Tradition and Luxury Japanese Gifts

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There are quite many occasions where Japanese people give gifts, it can be a gift giving season or a specific occasion. In this articles, you can learn about typical Japanese gift occasions and we have selected some luxury Japanese gifts.

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Below are typical gift-giving occasions and anniversaries in Japan.


* Birthday (Tanjo iwai - it's also called Tanjobi)

* Celebration of opening(Kaiten iwai): When someone opens a store, restaurants etc.

* Christmas

* Father's Day(Chichi no hi)

* For a new born baby(Shussan iwai)

* For entering a school(Nyugaku iwai)

* For longevity(Choju iwai): e.g. 60 years-old, 70 years-old, 80 years-old and so on.

* Housewarming(Shinchiku iwai, Hikkoshi iwai)

* Job Promotion(Shoshin iwai)

* Mother's Day(Haha no hi)

* Oseibo / Ochugen: Please read this page

* Souvenirs(Omiyage): in Japan people often buy souvenirs when they take a trip

* Temiyage: a gift that you bring when you are invited to someone's house / office

* Thank you gift(Okaeshi): Thank you gift is something you would give in return for a gift you have received. As Japanese culture, the gift should be around half the value of the one received.

* Valentine's Day

* Wedding(Kekkon iwai)

* White Day: in return of Valentine's day

Luxury Gift Shops with an English website in Tokyo

Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square is located in Aoyama and it has a shop and gallery. You will surely enjoy traditional Japanese crafts from all regions.

Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square

Address: 1F, 8-1-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
(3-min walk from Aoyama-itchome subway station)

Japanese Luxury Gifts On Line

We selected only Japanese traditional high quality gifts. Please click the image to see details.

If you live in Tokyo, and would like to have flowers delivered, you can order online in English. Please read English-Speaking Flower Delivery Services in Tokyo for details, or you can also order flowers via Amazon Japan.

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Kutaniyaki Lucky Cat, Kutaniyaki Decorative Plate, Kutaniyaki Plates Set



Gold-plate Sake Pitcher and Cups, Hand Crafted Japanese Knife, Nambu Tetsubin



Folding Fan (Sensu), Royal Warrant Umbrella, Reela Yamato Tokorotani Shoes