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    Posted 8 months ago

    kwqd
    (834 items)

    Here are some of the small gifts I have received from Japanese sellers on online auction sites which accompanied the item I bought. It is a nice little gesture not uncommonly seen from Japanese sellers. In the early 2000s US sellers sometimes included a piece of candy, peppermint, butterscotch, etc., or some other small gift with their item but it has been quite a few years since I have experienced that.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 months ago
      How nice!! I especially love the origamis!!
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 8 months ago
      For a while I was buying vintage fabric online for a special quilt I was making. One of the sellers would include with the fabric some little token such as a card of vintage buttons or a piece of matching or coordinating fabric. Just a special treat expressing gratitude which always was well received by me. :-)
    3. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      Thanks jscott0363, Vynil33rpm, dav2no1, Watchsearcher, Kevin and Thomas!
    4. apostata apostata, 8 months ago
      Oseibo tradition
    5. apostata apostata, 8 months ago
      you ought to get a O-kaeshi also
    6. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      Thanks apostata! I found an interesting blog post by an American living in Japan with some additional links to other blog posts and several interesting/amusing comments.

      https://takameter.com/2008/05/18/gift-giving-in-japan-okaeshi-part-1/

    7. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      Also:

      https://japanintercultural.com/free-resources/articles/oseibo-winter-gift-giving-in-japan-a-fading-tradition/
    8. apostata apostata, 8 months ago
      once i was invited to a fancy Japanese dinner . and i was scared s...less , because i had to learn all the rules about dinner habits, and the way you ought to eat, its endless

      so in the palms of my hands i wrote , nodding and itadakimasu , but my hands got sweaty . and i lost part of text, and the attache told me itadakimasu dumb,,,, so i murmured something , louder ,,, hole it,s for your host
    9. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      LOL. I attribute my time in Japan as a big part of how I form and maintain social relationships with people which is often confusing to Americans but makes perfect sense to me.

      On the opposite end of the scale, I was seeing a woman in Thailand and she took me to see a witch to "read the bones" to predict how our relationship would progress. She was educated and typically super rational but was originally from a rural area where ghosts, spirits and the supernatural were deeply ingrained.

      In Thailand and Vietnam their customs often slap you in the face they are so much a part of daily life, but in Japan they are also often so subtle and detailed that they can't just be experienced/absorbed but have to be studied, which can be really exhausting, I found.
    10. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      Thanks for checking out my Japanese okaeshi gifts blunderbuss2, Thomas, mikelv85, Jenni and fortapache!
    11. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 8 months ago
      The Japanese are very polite. A couple came to my Ranch once and asked to buy some apples. I told them I no longer sold them, but to help themselves to whichever tree(s) they would like to pick from. They promised to send a gift. ( most people say, but don’t, boy I have lot of those stories !) A couple weeks later, a package came in the mail. A huge box of assorted teas that they blended themselves. I’m not a tea drinker, but my Son was very happy) Very cool….
    12. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      I know what you mean, Eileen! That must have been a nice experience.

      Thanks for loving my Japanese gifts vintagelamp, clockerman and Eileen!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks SEAN68 and Alfie21!

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