Mid-summer gift

Mid-summer gift that is called Ochugen in Japanese.

Ochugen is the traditional of gift-giving and is observed from early in July through to the 15th. The word chugen means the Buddhist Obon day , people traditionally offer various foods to commemorate the spirits of their ancestors. As time has gone by however, the traditional has changed to one of a gift-giving custom to one’s elders or betters or to someone to whom you are indebted. Such people may include one’s parents-in-law, other relatives,former teachers, matchmakers, superiors at work and so on. Today, popular gift items are gourmet food products,ham,alcoholic drinks,canned goods, cooking oil,sweets,tea and washing detergent.