There is a custom in Japan of giving gifts of fruit for Ochugen and Oseibo.
How about sending a gift from Sembikiya to someone who has helped you or shown you kindness?
Each year is divided in half, the first half being Bon and the second half Kure. Around July 15, near the middle of the year, gifts are sent to the people who have helped you or shown you kindness, such as your boss, parents or relatives.
The appropriate time to send Ochugen is said to be between the end of June and July 15 in East Japan and between early July and August 15 in West Japan.
Oseibo means the end of the year. The origin of the custom of giving gifts at the end of the year was the tradition making an offering to your ancestors at the end of the year in order to welcome back their spirits at the beginning of the New Year. Later, this became the word Oseibo, which now means “a gift to be sent at the end of the year to the people who have shown you kindness.”
The appropriate time to send Oseibo is said to be between the beginning of December and December 31 in East Japan and between the December 13 and December 31 in West Japan.
Other Celebratory Occasions
We offer gifts for any other celebratory occasion, including weddings, hospital visits and got-well gifts. We will be delighted to serve you on any gift occasion.