The giving and receiving of gifts, whether they are products or money, is a complicated business in Japan. This is the first part of an irregular series explaining how the whole system works. We'll start with the most straightforward types of gifts - omiyage and temiyage.
Fairly Useless Japanese is a series where I explore some esoteric topics related to the Japanese language. Most of the topics will be well, quite impractical for daily use - after all, there are a zillion and one sites out there for learning practical Japanese. I'll cover topics such as slang terms, the origins of words, the history of the language, writing systems and so on.
For decades, convenience stores (konbini) in Japan have been a fixture in the urban landscape, a much loved and much praised part of Japanese society. But there are signs that the konbini business may be showing some cracks, that reflect the problems of the society as a whole. (Originally posted on August 8, 2019.)
Is there really no tipping in Japan? Well, yes and no. When is tipping acceptable, and are the commonly held beliefs about tipping in Japan true?