What is Otoshidama?

The early weeks of January are a big time for Japanese businesses. It starts with the New Year celebration, which most businesses will mark with three extra vacation days. Following this time, shops and restaurants are met with an influx of business from kids up to the age of twenty-two, who are eager to spend their otoshidama money.

Otoshidama is a New Year’s tradition in Japan, which comes in the form of monetary gifts given in small, decorative envelopes. These envelopes are given to children by their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and sometimes other adults who are close to them. Some kids will receive several hundred dollars’ worth of yen in the New Year, and whether or not you are a popular place to dispose of this income can become an indicator for how well your business is doing.

Of course, you don’t need a huge wad of cash to enjoy a quality meal at our sushi restaurant in Issaquah. Come and celebrate 2016 in style at Aji Sushi!