Today,I am am going to talk about "gift lovers"...
I feel that Japanese top the list as gift lovers in the world..then maybe followed by Italian or French or so on..
Well,let me emphasize on why I says that Japanese top the list.
They are always giving gifts for every reasons..for example...

1: Giving gifts to their superiors,elder relatives,parents(whom they do not stay together with) twice a year.
The gifts are always in package boxes..either boxes of kitchen stuff such as soya sauce and cooking oil,ect..
Of course there are also more expensive range of other packages to chose from..maybe also a box of expensive sweet musk melons or other things to chose from(expensive big crabs,shells..ect.ect..)

2: Each time they received money,either in terms of angpow or "peh kim"(at a funeral).
They will return the giver, a more expensive gift if it is a wedding angpow(coz wedding angpow is expensive..hehe..)
But for funeral "pek kim",they will return the giver ,a packet of seaweed(nori),or a packet of green tea leaves or either a packet of cookies or sometimes a face towel.

3: When they move into a new surrounding,they will also pass gifts to the new neighbors..as a way to introduce themselves..This is usually a face towel or a wrapper cloth called "furoshiki"..which they use to cover their gift when they bring it out.
Then there is also gift given when they do the anniversary of their dead love ones..This time they will also give out gifts like blanket or bedsheet..aiyo..ect..so many..lazy to type...haha..
I am not saying that all Japanese are doing it,but almost 90% are..the young ones might not do it but still their families are still doing it.

You can just imagine..after a few years your whole store room will be covered with these items.I am not complaining,
but just imagine..if your hubby or you have many friends and always ,all these same items keeps accumulating in your storeroom..what would you do?

So that is when we have this charity bazaar time,we just push it out even the cash is not important as it will be given to charity.It is better than throwing them away..
I do have to confess,I did throw some away ,as some packages had passed the expired date..(some package of eatable things)..and some of those towels also change colours..and some of those washing powders also harden..
I feel they are all a waste ..wonder why can't these Japanese just give cash coupons instead of all these things..hmmm..maybe it is their culture..what to do???...

5 comments:

amy cheah said...

Wah!! it is really a lot giving gift tradition huh ...
hey i wonder how you look like when u selling things in the charity bazaar!ha ha

jepunlauee said...

haha..I malu la..to sell those stuf..but I enjoy buying other people's stuff..hahahaha...

sting said...

while its fun to receive gifts, sometimes the thought of returning a gift to the giver kinda put some strain on us ya? and like you say, so many stuff in the storeroom!

I heard there are shops that buys back gifts that you don't need for them to sell...

jepunlauee said...

ya,sting..those shops are called "recycle shops" in japan..but trobelmsome la..take until there,somemore have to fill forms and show them our ID...hehe...then somemore they will complain this n that as to push down the price...

K3ViN said...

wah i also blur lioa.. ohh my...