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Friday, May 26, 2017

Omiyage: How to Pick Out the Perfect Gift in Japan

Omiyage: How to Pick Out the Perfect Gift in Japan: Omiyage vs. Temiyage

Another word used interchangeably with omiyage is temiyage 手土産(てみやげ).

Omiyage and temiyage are both "thoughtfulness" gifts, but temiyage isn't something you bring from your travels. Instead, it's a gift – usually food or drink – that you "hand" to someone when you visit them as a guest (that's why there's a "hand" 手 in the word). It's a custom you see in most countries, like bringing a bottle of wine or a snack to the host of a dinner party. Except, with temiyage, there's a list of etiquette rules:

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