Wednesday, August 07, 2002

This coming Saturday, my fiancee's parents will meet with my parents for the first time. Not noticing until recently that the gifts suppose to be presented from the family of the husband-to-be to the family of wife-to-be varies so much between the Japanese culture and the Chinese culture.

In the Chinese culture, we are supposed to present coconuts with red double happiness character painted on it, a pair of candles, live chicken, raw pork meat, live fish, fruits ... which are pretty hard to carry around and present.

For the Japanese culture, they are called "���[" (yuinou) which could include some folded paper tied with golden ribbons, a pair of dolls, pine cone and leaves etc. Which I don't know the meaning of it either! Here is a sample image:


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