The Okaeshi custom in Japan involves giving a reciprocal gift after receiving one or receiving hospitality. It reflects the cultural value of expressing gratitude and can be seen after events like weddings and funerals. It is not limited to personal relationships but is also observed in professional settings. If invited to a business dinner or receiving a gift, reciprocating with an Okaeshi gift is expected.
Money is now a popular wedding present in Japan. When giving money, remember to use an uneven number of bills to avoid symbolizing potential separation. The gift amount varies based on the relationship and customs, such as 10,000 yen, 30,000 yen, or 50,000 yen. Adjust the bill distribution if needed to maintain an odd count, ensuring an uneven total number of bills.
When eating rice in Japan, it’s impolite to eat directly from the bowl. Instead, lift the bowl slightly and bring it close to your mouth to show respect for rice, a staple in Japanese cuisine.
Proper etiquette for using chopsticks in Japanese cuisine includes picking them up after holding the bowl. Avoid holding the chopsticks in one hand while lifting the bowl with the other. When switching dishes, set down the chopsticks first, then pick up the new dish, and only then take the chopsticks again to eat.