After receiving a gift, the Japanese send a "thank you" gift called an O-kaeshi.These thank you gifts are common for illnesses, funerals, weddings and births.Ochugen originated as an offering to families who had a death in the first half of the year and still takes place two weeks before Obon, the Japanese holiday for honoring the dead.
Gifts commonly given for Ochugen and Oseibo range from department store items to food and alcoholic beverages.
The emphasis is on the act of giving rather than the gift itself.
The value of the gift is of less importance than the presentation and thoughtfulness in which it is presented.
The culture and traditions of Japan are unique because of its island-nation geography as well as its isolation from the outside world during the Tokugawa shogunate regime.
KCP Flickr Over the years, Japan’s culture and traditions have been influenced by other Asian countries, America, and Europe as well as other natural factors such as land, natural resources, and seasonal climate.