"Exchanging gifts in Japan part 1" Japan Local Custom Tip by Teamfast

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Exchanging gifts is a important thing in Japan.It's used to say to say "thanks",
"congratulations","welcome".or even "I'm sorry".Exchanging gifts is a tricky business but after awhile,you'll get used to it.For example,giving somebody anything sharp like scissors or knives are a no-no.It's like telling them "Here you go,now go cut yourself."You dont want that.Combs are also a no-no.The Japanese word for comb is "kushi"."Ku" means suffering,and shi means death,together its a double whammy.Green tea are only to be given out @ funerals and memorial services.Oddly enough for special occasions (like weddings,etc)you should give things in odd numbers(like 5 cups).On the topic of numbers,certain numbers are to be avoided .Nine is ku which means suffering,and four is shi which as stated above means death.Be on the safe side and get things in threes or fives.

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  • Written Feb 10, 2007
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