As you may know, we traveled to Japan recently with family, and I am blogging about it here on The Gifted Blog! For more posts about our trip and Japanese culture, click here.
After navigating the densely packed masses of the city and dodging motorized vehicles at Tsukiji fish market, it was a breath of fresh air to relax in their apartment.
gifts. The girls modeled their headbands and were photographed (with varying degrees of compliance).
We received an assortment of favorite Japanese foods and ingredients, presented in a cheerful bag.* Counterclockwise, from the hexagonal box: chocolate koala cookies, dashi bags (like tea bags, but for soup stock!), sea salt, furikake sprinkles and shichimi spice. Mmm.
meal (for everyone) and snooze (for one of us).
Thank you, friends, for having us! It was a treat to come visit you.
*I was a little surprised to see this on Wikipedia (emphasis mine): "It is considered impolite to go to someone's house without a gift...A gift is usually brought in a paper bag (preferably a bag from the shop where you bought the gift) and is taken out of the bag, which is placed underneath the gift when giving it to the host, using both hands."
Even though the description reflects our friends' gift wrapping, I guess I have some romanticized ideas about how Japanese people wrap gifts. (Japanese readers, any thoughts? Is this how most gifts are given these days?)