What is a Good Gift for a Japanese Wedding?

If you have been invited to a Japanese themed wedding, you may want to give a gift that is in the same vein as the theme. Maybe you have been invited to a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony and you want to give the typical gift that is expected. There is also gift giving involved within the bride and grooms families and this is usually done at a formal dinner on a “most auspicious” day that is 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

If you have been invited to a true, authentic Japanese wedding, the traditional gift that is given to the newly married couple is typically cash. This is what is called Oshugi. The amount you are expected to give will depend upon the depth of your relationship with the marrying couple. The Oshugi you are expected to give is often written on the wedding invitation. If you are in doubt about what amount you should give, a good figure for friends of the pair is 30,000 yen or $250 American dollars.

Gifts for a Wedding with a Japanese Theme

A wonderful gift that will be long appreciated could be a bonsai tree. Not only is a bonsai tree a thing of beauty, it must be cared for and perhaps this could be an activity that the newlyweds can share in order to spend quality time together. Another excellent choice would be a soup serving set complete with spoons. They are sure to enjoy eating their soup with authentic Japanese utensils and are bound to think of you when they do.

A terrific idea for the couple that appreciates Japanese culture is a gift certificate to their favorite Hibachi or Sushi restaurant. This can be another gift that requires that the couple spend quality time with each other in order to best enjoy it. A Daruma doll is thought to be a symbol of protection and good luck in Japan. Typically this doll is given at the beginning of a new venture. A sand garden is also another excellent choice for a gift to give at a Japanese themed wedding. It is thought that the placing of the stones and the raking of the sand can calm even the most restless mind and relieve stress. This may be important for a couple as a way to soothe any stressful feelings they experience, as they embark on forging a life together and come upon the inevitable bumps in the road.

Author: Jacqueline Louise Gagnon