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1 How to Prevent Heat Stroke

2 Event Calendar
3 Stilts Ride
4 Recent topics about vaccination
5 Japanese Cooking  Salmon-chazuke
6 Ochugen
7 EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM
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Ochugen

 

 

In Japan, we have a custom of sending presents to persons twice a year to whom we appreciate. This presents in summer are called “ Ochuugen” That’s why you often see advertisements of Ochugen at department stores, supermarkets and web sites.

This time we would like to explain “Ochugen”.

Origin of Chugen came from a Chinese religion. One of Chinese God’s birthday is 15th of July. Originally in China and Japan, they prayed for ancestors on the day. In Edo era, people started to send presents not only to ancestors but also to people to whom they were obliged.

To whom do we send Ochugen? Many people send Ochugen to parents, relatives and others. Beverages are also very popular because we have very hot summer in Japan.

If you get this Ochugen, we recommend you to send a Thank you card.

If you are interested in Ochugen, you may visit department stores in June or July. They have a special place only for Ochugen.

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