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Guidelines for Gift-Giving in Japan

Gifts are an important and symbolic part of Japanese culture. Review the two major gift-giving seasons in Japan and learn what’s expected and appreciated in a variety of scenarios.

The Japanese love to give gifts. The two main gift-giving seasons in Japan are July (Ochugen), when people wish each other summer greetings and good health, and December (Oseibo), when people show appreciation for assistance offered during the year. Both are appropriate times to thank individuals who have helped you throughout the year. Learn more about gift-giving expectations, the symbolic role of gifts in Japanese culture, and how to select suitable items for business and office events. Find out what’s appropriate to give when celebrating holidays—including Valentine's Day—as well as when attending the personal events of colleagues, such as weddings.