Roots and manners of omiyage
Omiyage translates to souvenir in English, but the meaning is much deeper than the word makes it sound. It’s nice getting a souvenir from someone who’s been on holiday, but it also opens up conversation about the “wheres” and the “whats” of the trip – a natural conversation starter. In Japan omiyage isn’t always from a trip, and it isn’t just a nice gesture either, it’s almost a requirement, and there are a few points of etiquette that go along with it. So read on for some tips.