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Japanese Wedding III : Gifts for the Guests.

Hikidemono (引出物) is the name given to the major present received by every guest to a wedding in Japan. As I explained a while ago, you are expected to give a considerable monetary gift. But since Japanese tradition says that whenever you give something, you should receive something else worth half of it back… Here's the consequence - they will end up spending on you as much or even more than what you did.

But what's inside that heavy box? A collection of Japanese Déli and expensive tableware.

This is the traditional Japanese wrapping, using cloth instead of paper. Still nowadays it is common to find both kids and office workers carrying their lunch in carefully wrapped bento-boxes. They may not look as fancy, but they are wrapped with all and the same love.

Different kinds of katsuoboshi (bonito flakes, a key ingredient of dashi or Japanese stock) and rice toppings were inside this one. Let's explore next...

… even their family names were typed in the box!

Look! The most expensive plates we will ever have, just arrived!

What about next? Looks delicate and the combination of colors (white & red) symbolizes good luck.

Pink silk paper, silver stamp...

… Japanase salty snacks?!? Yeah, we were also surprised by that.

Plus a small packet, which I believe is called Hikigashi (引き菓子) or sweets for the good luck.

I truly love the Japanese Wedding attire (specially the guy's!), really wishing them all the best!

I will remain thankful my entire life, for having gotten a chance to experience such a traditional event by myself. いつも、ありがとうございました!

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