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January 27, 2009

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Mom

I remember when I lived there and took my first holiday back to Canada, I spent $500 on omiyage - for friends and students!

*karen

You may not have been in Hawaii long enough to pick up on this but...omiyage is a big deal there too. If you go visit another island, it's kinda expected that you bring something back for family and friends.

Christina

Thank goodness for Wal-Mart with a long list. I struggle with this. I always want to bring stuff back for people, but i'm always on a budget and hate to add to the clutter. So I never seem to bring anything back. Bad friend that I am.

Barbara

is it also expected when you visit friends in Japan and you are from another country? we are returning to Japan in July for a few weeks- to see friends and such- but I didn't think omiyage would be necessary?

ermie

Whoa,
that must be tough on the wallet (no wonder you sometimes wish $ grew on trees...I do too BTW :)
...but I can understand how you would want to respect the cultural traditions.
I never knew about omiyage!

simplesong  |  suann

wow .. that's so interesting! and very nice of you to 'play by the hometown rules'. that alone would stress me out my entire vacation!

Tracy

strange. I don't think I would like that either. I usually see a few things that make me think of close friends or family when I am on vacation, and in those cases, I will buy them, because I am thinking of them. But I'm not a fan of obligation. :)

Mariana

Here in Spain we don't practice omiyage, but if you're going to stay at somebody's home, you usually bring something to the hosts.
I don't like either to do things because I have to. But I think you're wise respecting the japanese rules.

Mariana

Here in Spain we don't practice omiyage, but if you're going to stay at somebody's home, you usually bring something to the hosts.
I don't like either to do things because I have to. But I think you're wise respecting the japanese rules.

Ursa

Same culture where I grew up and it drives me crazy. I can't afford it and I twisted it a bit. Now we have people over for dinner, I bake, craft in order for them to get their omiyage.

emily

Huh. That is so interesting. I think I would have a hard time with that too. It is nice that you bought good, useful items instead a lot of junk.

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