are gifts that Japanese people give to their bosses, co-workers,
family and friends upon returning from a trip. This is done to keep
the harmony of the office environment by showing that the vacationing
worker was thinking of the people back home while they were toiling
away in their offices.
There is something
here for everyone!!
to give the parents? Give them one of these beautiful wood-carved
phalluses to place with pride on their mantel. Friends? Give
them each a phallus keychain! On sale for only 400 yen each!
(About $4 US)
something for the kids?? Here we have phallus and vagina
suckers of varying size and colors as well as an assortment
of other hard candies!
|| Here's my friend
Lesa proudly purchasing a jumbo-sized phallus sucker. It's a
sure thing that it'll go over well as omiyage!
I had a
hard time deciding what I should bring back to my co-workers. I
could pick crackers, some little candies, but I finally decided
to go with the manjyu. Manjyu are small bread-dumpling-things
with a filling. In this case, they were filled with azuki,
a kind of bean paste. Of course, they were all in the shape of small
for the boss? Why not a sake cup/pitcher in a very distinctive shape?
Umeboshi (pickled-plumb) tray or maybe an ashtray. You definitely
have a good selection.
Here are a few of
my own souvenirs!
I think I'll keep the keychain on my bookcase instead of with my
too many explanations necessary there!
hope you've enjoyed the walk-through of the festival!
If you want to know anything else about the festival don't hesitate
to email me!
don't forget to visit the Hounen
Matsuri shop on your way out!