Since this is the giving/receiving season, I just wanted to comment on presents. I feel like I fit in here in Japan because I've always been a gift-giver. Even from a young age I liked giving people presents. Its very satisfying seeing someones face when they are presented with a gift. Here in Japan, my friends (American and Japanese) often give each other gifts when getting together. I certainly don't expect someone to give me something, but its always a nice surprise.
As much as I like getting and giving presents, I'm also enjoying the gift of spending time with friends. I enjoy the gift of: having lunch together, getting a pedicure, drinking coffee, going shopping, and traveling to near and faraway places. These kinds of presents you simply cannot put a price tag on.
|The centerpiece I love so much!|
One of my most favorite presents this month is a handmade holiday centerpiece. Our Japanese neighbor made it for us. She wanted to show her appreciation for inviting her to our neighborhood ornament exchange. This was a lovely gesture and I love looking at it on our table everyday.