What is Otoshidama Anyways?

what is otoshidama

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce about otoshidama this time.

What is Otoshidama Anyways?

Otoshidama (お年玉) is a new year’s gift that grownups give children in your family or relatives during the new year holiday. It is normally a great opportunity for kids to get this amount of money so they can  purchase something they usually can’t afford (video games, etc). Naturally, the more uncles and aunts you get, the more you are expected to get otoshidama. (However it didn’t apply to me…)


How Much to Give for Otoshidama?

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It really depends on the family or person and also how old the kids are. Usually it starts from a small number like 500 yen or 1000 yen when a kid is still small, and raises slowly. You wouldn’t want to give too much first and kids would expect more every year like there’s no turning back. I myself didn’t have many uncles or aunts so instead my uncle used to give me quite a lot (like 10,000 yen) every time I saw him during the holiday. It was always a bonus for me. Heh heh.

Here is some reference.

Younger kid 1,000 – 2,000 yen
Elementary school student 1,000 – 4,000 yen
Jr. high school student 3,000 yen – 5,000 yen
High school student 5,000 yen – 10,000 yen
University student 10,000 yen

How Do Kids Spend Otoshidama?

Many kids go buy toys, etc. with the money but smart parents keep it in his/her savings as the academic fund. I would keep it in my pocket…but some went to the fund, I think.


How do you find it? You may or may not need to do it but it’s always good to learn different cultures, isn’t it?

See you around!

Popular Dagashi Snacks

popular dagashi snacks

Hi there it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce popular dagashi this time.

Popular Dagashi Snacks

You know what dagashi is? Like I have introduced the biggest dagashi market in Japan before, basically it refers to confectionery.

Although there has been less and less dagashi stores today, dagashi is still available at supermarkets or some stores like Don Quijote that sells by box. It could be nice as souvenir from Japan as well.

Well then, what dagashi is popular, you ask? Here are some items that I used to have.

Sakumashiki Drops

Candy with different color and flavors. It is also known from the Graveyard of the Fireflies by Studio Ghibli.

Yatta Men

Crispy deep fried noodles just like Baby Star Ramen. This sometimes comes with a winning ticket.

Yocchan no Suzuke Ika

Supposedly vinegared squid (but ingredients are fish meat, etc).

Big Katsu

Tonkatsu snack. An imitation but it felt  like a luxe ad a kid! (heh heh)

Miyako Kombu

Vinegared kombu seaweed. Some anime fans may have seen characters eating this.

Umetora Kyodai

Super crunchy & dry & salty umeboshi (plum).

Oyatsu Calpas

An imitation salami. To be frank it doesn’t look so appetizing now…

Young Donuts

Just donuts but donuts. It was one of my regular snacks.


All-time king of dagashi. My favorite flavors are meintaiko (purple label), takoyaki (red label), corn soup (yellow label), etc.

Chu Chu Drink

Small drink with winning ticket inside if you are lucky. I used to carry the winning ticket in my wallet for emergency…..heh heh.


How do you find it? These bring me back childhood memories. Not so great for health but I can’t help grabbing sometime. Just for a cheat day! Heh heh.

See you around!