Some of you future JETs may have been hearing things along the lines of “omiyage” and are currently trying to figure out what that means, aside from the usual translation of “souvenirs”.
Omiyage is for the following reasons:
1. It’s common courtesy. Japanese business coming to the states always bring present from Japan, and as we are going to their country, respecting the culture is a good things.
2. Bribe the teachers to like you. Ok, maybe not, but if you bring something really snazzy that they’ve never seen before you’ll make them happy. These teachers are going to be nervous to meet you, so any icebreaker is good.
What is a good omiyage to bring:
1. Food. I read all sorts of things before I came, but no one really suggested this. Any sort of delicacy from your home, be it Maple Syrup, or in my case Celestial Seasonings (the factory is right on my doorstep), it’s always a big hit.
2. For your supervisor, principle, and vice principle you’ll need to buy something a bit more snazzy. Picture books, or crafts from your area are always appreciated. I brought some nice coffee table books.
3. Candy. Tootsie roll pops were a BIG hit. The stuents loved them too.