#349 Omiyage

Whenever someone travels they bring back omiyage for their friends/coworkers.

Omiyage is translated as souvenir, but it’s usually some type of food.

Each area has “special foods” like Tokyo banana, or Hiroshima’s momiji manju.

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Tokyo Banana

It’s big business and everywhere has individually wrapped boxes ready to buy.

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The individually wrapped part is really important – some Japanese people think it’s unsanitary to share food from one big bag.

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Momiji Manju

Also, if they’re individually wrapped you can share them with house guests and the expiration date is longer.

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