|Japanese Kawaii Gift-Wrapping for St. Valentine’s Day|
|Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:00|
There are various kinds of super cute and gorgeous gift-wrapping styles for St. Valentine’s Day in Japan. To the Japanese, gift-wrapping, called ‘tsutsumu’ in Japanese, is one of the most important parts of gift-giving, and great care is taken in wrapping gifts, not only on St. Valentine’s Day, but also on occasions like birthdays, or even just when giving out cakes or sweets baked or made for pleasure.
How you wrap and tie the package is considered especially symbolic and carries a lot of expression about how you feel towards the person and the gesture of giving them a gift.
This is one of the typical gift-wrapping styles for handmade sweets, as well as ones with small plastic bags as you can see in our article about ‘Giri-Choco’ and ‘Tomo-Choco’. All you need is wax-paper, paper bags, lace-paper and ribbons. It’s very easy to create, and also looks very cute, so just give it a shot! (Meiji )
• Box wrapping
This style is usually used for ‘Honmei-Choco’. As you can see in the image, its design is more elaborate and looks more gorgeous and attractive than ones for ‘Tomo-choco’. Many shops in department stores sell this kind of pre-designed boxes around St. Valentine’s season (from the end of January until February 14th) in Japan.
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Text: Honami Matsuura