Trivia: When purchasing gifts, why do Japanese staff give you an extra bag within your bag?

Apr 13, 2020

Q.

When purchasing gifts, why do Japanese shop workers give you an extra bag within your bag?

A.

If your main bag gets damaged via transit, you can put the gift in a clean bag to present to the receiver. It’s always these small thoughts that count! In Japanese we call this “Kizukai.” Japan has a strong gift culture, so it’s a good idea to show appreciation through gift-giving.

A great way to get started? If you’re going on a holiday, pick up some local snacks and gift them to your coworkers and friends.

What’s gift-giving like in your culture?

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