Visiting a Japanese Family: Guests usually present an edible item as a sign of appreciation for the family’s hospitality. Appropriate gifts can be anything from alcohol, cakes, or a boxed gift set of a certain gourmet food or delicacy (tea, rice crackers, candy). All of these items can be found in the food section (usually the basement level) of major department stores in Japan.
Formal Occasions: It is common to give a monetary gift, which is usually presented in a special envelope called a noshibukuro. These envelopes are tied with special cords that correspond to the special event. Noshibukuro are available at stationery and convenience stores in Japan. In the United States, noshibukuro may be available at Japanese bookstores.