French gift: most appreciated by the Japanese people? 日本人向けのお土産
Fashion, wine & pastries!
Japanese have a well-found appreciation of everything French! A simple gift, well-wrapped in tasteful fashion, is often enough to delight! Japanese have a well-found appreciation of everything French! A simple gift, well-wrapped in tasteful fashion, is often enough to delight!
France is especially appreciated by the Japanese in three areas of excellence: luxury, wine, and pastries. The best way to entertain is therefore to choose a gift in one of these three favorite areas.
1. Textile articles: a designer tie for a man, or a scarf for a woman.
2. The wine: a standard bottle of Bordeaux or Burgundy wine.
3. Pastries: calissons and macaroons symbolize good taste, luxury, and French refinement. A safe bet, especially if the recipient of the gift is a woman.
4. Cosmetics and perfumes: the Japanese are very fond of French beauty products and in particular perfumes from major French brands, but beware of strong smells that many will not dare to wear!
In general, avoid gourmet foods such as "local products ", which are too typical for most Japanese people. This includes :
- foie gras
- candied fruits etc.
The importance of packaging
We cannot say it enough, but in Japan, the packaging is almost as important as the content offered. It is he who by his appearance and his quality expresses the level of esteem that you show to your host.
So be sure to wrap your gift properly in new paper and above all avoid offering it, once wrapped, in a plastic bag out of your suitcase!