logo

Channel List
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies
Safety
We take forum safety very seriously here at BellaOnline. Please be sure to read through our Forum Guidelines. Let us know if you have any questions or comments!
Newest Members
Angela Josef, chavonne, HallieWVoegele, everythingbegins, pallavi04gaur
58297 Registered Users
Forum Stats
58,297 Registered Members
417 Forums
118,910 Topics
844,141 Posts

Most users ever online: 615 @ 04/22/15 10:11 AM
Top Posters (30 Days)
Nancy Roussy 283
Mona - Astronomy 113
Angie 27
Connie - ADD/Sandwiches/Reading 23
Susan Helene Kramer 21
Celestine - Baptist Editor 18
Dianne W - Editor 17
Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames 17
Korie - California/Yoga/Knitting Editor 16
Angela - Drama Movies 16
Ad Income Supports Charity
Topic Options
#788657 - 10/20/12 05:09 AM Japanese Souvenirs (pix updated on Jan 25)
Tas - Japanese Culture Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 06/13/12
Posts: 158
Loc: Japan
Most countries in the world sell souvenirs, mainly to tourists - domestic or otherwise. But perhaps none can compare to Japan in terms of variety and volume when it comes to souvenirs. In addition, the Japanese are masters of souvenir marketing strategy.

Omiyage - Japanese Souvenirs


Edited by Tas - Japanese Culture (01/24/13 09:30 PM)
_________________________
Ching Kin Min
Japanese Culture

Top
#788738 - 10/20/12 09:32 PM Re: Omiyage [Re: Tas - Japanese Culture]
Lori-Dreams Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Chipmunk

Registered: 07/27/12
Posts: 1963
Oh, yes. I am very familiar with the practice of omiyage. I discourage my family from following it because I do not wish to place a burden upon them to shop for, carry around and pack up souvenirs for me. frown

_________________________
Lori Phillips
Dreams editor

Bellaonline.com Dreams site
The Dream Collective
Dreams: What are you trying to tell yourself?
Twitter: @tweetdreams4u
and @flutterby03

Marriage editor
Bellaonline Marriage site
Twitter: @BellaMarriage

Top
#788745 - 10/21/12 03:23 AM Re: Omiyage [Re: Lori-Dreams]
Tas - Japanese Culture Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 06/13/12
Posts: 158
Loc: Japan
Haha, good for you! Only buy things you really need/want - That's my motto.
_________________________
Ching Kin Min
Japanese Culture

Top
#788852 - 10/21/12 06:25 PM Re: Omiyage [Re: Tas - Japanese Culture]
Lori-Dreams Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Chipmunk

Registered: 07/27/12
Posts: 1963
I completely agree. I do not own a lot of things and it feels liberating! smile
_________________________
Lori Phillips
Dreams editor

Bellaonline.com Dreams site
The Dream Collective
Dreams: What are you trying to tell yourself?
Twitter: @tweetdreams4u
and @flutterby03

Marriage editor
Bellaonline Marriage site
Twitter: @BellaMarriage

Top
#789083 - 10/23/12 03:07 AM Re: Omiyage [Re: Lori-Dreams]
Tas - Japanese Culture Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 06/13/12
Posts: 158
Loc: Japan
I mentioned about the Shuincho and Goshuin in the article. Here's a pic of the cover of my Shuincho. I bought this at Yamadera, a series of temples constructed on the mountain. It's in Yamagata prefecture in the Tohoku region.

And here're a few of the inside pages. The 2 Goshuin on the right are from temples, while the 2 on the left are from shrines.

The 2 shrines where I got the Goshuin from are in Kyushu. As for the temple Goshuin, I got them from Osorezan and a temple that houses a mummified buddhist monk. Both are in Tohoku.



Edited by Tas - Japanese Culture (10/23/12 03:25 AM)
_________________________
Ching Kin Min
Japanese Culture

Top
#802522 - 01/24/13 09:28 PM Re: Omiyage - Japanese Souvenirs (Updated w/ pix) [Re: Tas - Japanese Culture]
Tas - Japanese Culture Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 06/13/12
Posts: 158
Loc: Japan
Today, I got this souvenir from the principal of the school where I work...



This is a "manju", a type of Japanese confection. But that's not I want to highlight here. Take a look at the pic of the guy on the plastic.

It's a cartoonised Shinzo Abe, the current Japanese prime minister.

This manju is sold at a souvenir shop outside Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine. Japanese prime ministers' visits to the shrine have been a source of conflict between Japan and its neighbours China and South Korea, because Japanese World War 2 Class A criminals are enshrined there.

Anyway, you'll notice two birds in the picture too. What is their significance here?

Well, as I had mentioned in the article on Traditional Japanese New Year Period Food , the Japanese are very fond of word play. You gotta understand this first...

Now, in the recent general election in Japan, Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party's slogan was "Restore Japan" (nihon wo torimodosu". 日本を取り戻す

"Bird" in Japanese is called "tori". 鳥

Get it now? smile

Oh, and the Shin-chan (Little Shin) manju comes in two flavors. According to the principal, this souvenir is very popular...

And the taste? Like any other generic manju that's sold everywhere.

Japan never ceases to amaze me.
_________________________
Ching Kin Min
Japanese Culture

Top
#802695 - 01/25/13 10:18 AM Re: Omiyage - Japanese Souvenirs (Updated w/ pix) [Re: Tas - Japanese Culture]
Lori-Dreams Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Chipmunk

Registered: 07/27/12
Posts: 1963
Nor me. I am fascinated by all these cultural tidbits you bring to us!

How funny about the manju. Can you imagine if the US sold Obama cookies? Too funny.

As for the tori...my middle name is Chidori.
_________________________
Lori Phillips
Dreams editor

Bellaonline.com Dreams site
The Dream Collective
Dreams: What are you trying to tell yourself?
Twitter: @tweetdreams4u
and @flutterby03

Marriage editor
Bellaonline Marriage site
Twitter: @BellaMarriage

Top
#802751 - 01/25/13 11:18 PM Re: Omiyage - Japanese Souvenirs (Updated w/ pix) [Re: Lori-Dreams]
Tas - Japanese Culture Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 06/13/12
Posts: 158
Loc: Japan
LOL maybe you should come to Japan and buy those manju! smile

A Japanese friend of mine - who's a supporter of Shinzo Abe - actually thinks that "tori" idea is cool and ingenious. Seriously.

Only in Japan do you get this kinda stuff...
_________________________
Ching Kin Min
Japanese Culture

Top


Want to reply? Register as a Forum Member - it's quick, free and fun!
Brand New Posts
What are you looking forward to today?
by Susan Helene Kramer
Self Development
1 second ago
Asteroid to hit Earth? No, Chinese space station!
by Susan Helene Kramer
Astronomy
Yesterday at 11:59 PM
2017: Astronomy and Space on this day
by Mona - Astronomy
Astronomy
Yesterday at 09:32 PM
How is your health these days?
by Nancy Roussy
Inspiration
Yesterday at 06:27 PM
Learn CSS Flexbox on Lynda.com
by Digital Art and Animation
Digital Art and Design
Yesterday at 05:59 PM
Watercolor Card with Free Rebelle Stencil
by Digital Art and Animation
Digital Art and Design
Yesterday at 04:21 PM
Do Not Complain for 1 Month
by Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames
Buddhism
Yesterday at 03:34 PM
Plant a Tree in a Pot
by Angie
Container Gardening
Yesterday at 03:20 PM
DNA and Genealogy
by Angie
Genealogy
Yesterday at 03:17 PM
Distance Learning, a new thing?
by Angie
Distance Learning
Yesterday at 03:15 PM
Register to Post!
Want to post? For security reasons you need to Register as a Forum Member. It's quick, easy and free!
Forum Activities
Book Clubs
Trivia Contests
Who's Online
2 registered (Celestine - Baptist Editor, Susan Helene Kramer), 105 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Ad Income Supports Charity



| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2016 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.