Oseibo

oseiboI have written about Ochugen culture in Japan before, but Japan has Oseibo culture as well.  Oseibo is the custom sending gifts to people such as co-workers, relatives to express a year’s worth of thank. People start sending from middle December while Ochugen is middle of July.  Usually we send gift which people may need for new year, such as alcohol, coffee, ham that can be preserved long.  If you received gifts, you have to write a letter to thank. However, according to Yahoo enquete, 70% of Japanese think this custom is unnecessary.  Definitely it is troublesome and bothering to return gifts, but I think this is great chance to express our appreciation to people who have helped us.