Gift to Japanese clients

If you will meet some Japanese friend or Japanese client, they are very pleased if you give a small gift/souvenir to them from your home country.
Gift has a special meaning for Japanese people to show “respect” to someone.
We have a custom to give a gift to clients in the beginning of summer season (O-chu-gen; お中元) and end of a calendar year (O-sei-bo; お歳暮). O-chu-gen and O-sei-bo is not only for business scene but also private relationship, we exchange gifts in certain timing. Private O-chu-gen and O-sei-bo is decreasing nowadays, but between companies, still we can see this custom.

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