During the summer and the winter are very important times for the Japanese people, this is the time they are able to give out gifts to their loved ones as a form of expression of their love to their loved ones. They mostly refer to it as O-seibo and O-chugen, these are the gifts that they offer to their friends.
O-chugen gets its origin from China where it was normal for them to ensure that they offer gifts to some of their gods. On the second day is the day in which the ancestors were also remembered and they are to be offered gifts.
O-chugen then developed from this process where gifts are given to the friends during summer time.
In the Japanese land, it is common that at the end of the year, the daughters who are married at the far way land were expected to come back at the end of the year to offer the offerings to the ancestors in a ceremony referred to as o-seibo.
Through this ceremony, different people have discovered that this offer the best time in which you can be able to give gifts to those people whom have been of great help to you throughout the year.
Foodstuffs are the best gifts that you can offer the loved one at this time of the year, since they symbolize property but offering shoes of whatever design is not good since it means you are stepping on them.
You do not need to offer just anything that comes on your mind and seems good, you need to select something that you think, the recipient will appreciate most of his time.
It is gift time at the beginning and the end of the year, don’t hesitate to offer some to your loved friends to ensure that they also enjoy the year.