Ochugen

Mid-summer gift that is called Ochugen is traditional of gift-giving and is observed from early in July through to the 15th (Tokyo area) , from early in August through to the 15th (Osaka and Kyoto area).

The word Chugen means the Buddhist Obon day , which is celebrated in July 15th (Tokyo area )or in Aug 15th (Osaka and Kyoto area )on the lunar calendar. On this day , people traditionally offer various foods to commemorate the spirits of their ancestors. As time has gone by however, the tradition 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