If you are working with Japanese business people, have Japanese friends or are planning on visiting Japan, it is a good idea to be conscious of Japanese gift giving etiquette. Here are a few Japanese gift giving do's and don'ts and some gifts which are generally appreciated in Japanese culture.
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Business Gift Giving
Gift Giving in Japan is an integral part of Japanese business etiquette. Companies can spend quite a lot of money on gifts for their clients and business associates.
- It's a good idea to take a range of different gifts if you visit Japan on business. That way if you are presented with a gift you will be able to reciprocate.
- If you're taking a gift from your home country, it will not go down well if it has been made somewhere else. All of our gifts in the Bits of Australia online store are made in Australia so when you order our gifts you won't be in danger of making this mistake!
- Don't go for items that hold your company logo. It could be viewed as a promotional item and you could come across as being stingy.
- It is correct Japanese etiquette to present and receive gifts with both hands and a slight bow.
- Gifts are exchanged among colleagues on July 15 and January 1 to commemorate midyear and the year's end respectively.
- It is a mistake to give the same gift to two or more Japanese of unequal rank. People will also take offence if you are with a group of people and give a gift to one person, but fail to give one to the others who are present.
At Bits of Australia we have a vast range of Corporate Gifts which are ideal for these important gift giving occasions and enable you to respect the rules of Japanese gift-giving etiquette (e.g. choosing appropriate gifts for business associates of different rank within the same organization).
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It is very important to remember that in Japanese culture the presentation and thought put into choosing the gift is more important than the value of the gift. There are many customs and rules related to the wrapping of the gift that play an important role in the Japanese gift giving. Red symbolizes life and vitality, so red gift wrap is ideal for a gift for fortunate occasions like birthdays. Red and white wrapping is used more for weddings.
Bad gift wrap colours include black and red together as they represent sexuality. Bright colours can come across as a bit too flashy. If you choose a combination of colours make sure you check their meaning first as they could express an unintended intention if you aren't careful.
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Gifts to Avoid
- Don't give lilies, lotus blossoms, or camellias as they are associated with funerals. White flowers of any kind should also be avoided.
- Giving four or nine of anything is considered bad luck.
- Red Christmas cards are best avoided as funeral notices are traditionally printed in this colour.
To learn more about business and personal gift giving etiquette in Japan we recommend visiting giftypedia.com.
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