If you’ve been invited to a Japanese-themed wedding, you may want to give a gift that’s appropriate to the theme. Perhaps you have been invited to a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony and want to give the typical gift that is expected. There are also gifts within the bride and groom’s families and this is usually done at a formal dinner on a “luckiest” day chosen from the Japanese almanac. These gifts are called “Yui-no” or engagement gifts.
A wedding gift for a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony and reception
When invited to a real, authentic Japanese wedding, the traditional gift presented to the newlywed couple is usually cash. This is called Oshugi. The expected amount depends on the depth of your relationship with the couple. The Oshugi you await is often written on the wedding invitation. If you’re not sure what amount to give, a good number for friends of the couple is 30,000 yen or $250.
Gifts for a Japanese themed wedding
A wonderful gift that will be treasured for a long time could be a bonsai tree. A bonsai tree is not only beautiful, it also needs to be taken care of and maybe this could be an activity that the newlyweds can share in order to have quality time together. Another excellent choice would be a soup serving set with spoons. They’ll enjoy eating their soup with authentic Japanese utensils and they’ll be sure to think of you as they do so.
A great idea for the couple who appreciates Japanese culture is a gift certificate for their favorite hibachi or sushi restaurant. This can be another gift that requires the couple to spend quality time together to best enjoy it. A Daruma doll is considered a symbol of protection and good luck in Japan. Typically, this doll is given as a gift at the beginning of a new venture. A sand garden is also another excellent choice for a gift at a Japanese-themed wedding. It is believed that placing the stones and raking the sand can calm even the most troubled mind and relieve stress. This can be important for a couple to ease any stressful feelings they experience as they set out to forge a life together and hit the inevitable bumps along the way.