How to Prepare Shugi-bukuro (Japanese Traditional Money Envelope for Wedding)

how to prepare shugi bukuro

The longer you live a life, the more events you encounter such as weddings. Japanese have different customs for celebration so you may better know how to prepare shugi-bukuro. ‘What the earth is that?’? Let’s start with what this is about.

How to Prepare Shugi-bukuro

Goshugi (ご祝儀) is money given as a gift mainly for wedding in Japan which is in an envelope called shugi-bukuro (祝儀袋).

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How Much Should Goshugi Be?

You may be thinking ‘so how much should goshugi be?’. To answer this, it basically depends on a relationship between you and the person but here is some reference for wedding.

Friends 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Work Related Boss 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Colleague About 30,000 yen
Junior 20,000 – 30,000 yen
Client About 30,000 yen
Relatives 30,000 – 100,000 yen
Family 20,000 – 100,000 yen

Did You Know? (Numbers to Avoid)

Be aware that in Japan there are numbers that should be avoided for the goshugi.

  • Odd numbers (any number that can be ‘split’ should be avoided {just a jinx}. However, 2 and 8 are OK since they could mean positive)
  • Four and nine (four refers to death and nine refers to suffer).

So 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 10 can be used.


Preparation for Shugi-bukuro

First of all, you need to select a right envelope. Aside from for wedding, there are varieties of envelopes for different events. Envelopes with an upside-down-red-and-white ribbons are usually used for shugi-bukuro (red & white are lucky colors in Japan). There are different versions depending on the amount of money you give but this one (below) would be standard. Your name should be written (make it a little smaller than the ‘寿’ character on top). It’s available at convenience stores, 100 yen shops, book stores, pretty much everywhere.



The shugi-bukuro comes with another envelope inside. Write down an amount of money you put in the front and your address & name in the back like below.


The amount should be written in kanji like ‘金 xxxxx 圓’ but no worries, refer to the table below. So the number written above (参萬圓) make it 3 man yen (30,000 yen). No problem in Arabic as well if you are not Japanese.


Numbers Numbers in Kanji
5 伍 or 五
Yen 圓 or 円


Now put the envelope with money in shugi-bukuro and close it.  Fold the upper part in first so the lower part faces up (another jinx).

As a manner, shugi-bukuro should be covered by a cloth called fukusa to protect it from dirt etc until given at the wedding reception. You could use a regular handkerchief instead as well. Here is a reference how to fold fukusa below. (It shouldn’t be a big deal since you give only the shugi-bukuro.)


Alright, that’s all.



How do you find it? Hope it helps.

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Stylish Cafe in Bizen City: Coharuni

koharuni cafe bizen city okayama

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce stylish cafe in Biizen City called Coharuni this time.

Stylish Cafe in Bizen City: Koharuni

Pass through a view of traditional houses and here it comes Coharuni. Seeing a modern building like this in a place like Bizen is odd but I find it cool as well. Walking distance since it is not far from Bizen central. Let’s go investigate!


As I enter, it’s so bright and clean. Stylish, I’d say. We gotta order drinks before getting to the seats.


OK, let’s take a seat. Hey look out, this table is neat! I guess we could play with it while waiting for our drinks.

However, we learned that this store is owned by an architect and turns out, and it is one of his works for sale. So staff asked us to move to another table. What a shame. >x<

Trying to stay cool….


Seats are all facing a tree in the middle.


Iced coffee (300 yen) with a scone (200 yen). Mine came with local honey and Mrs. Wada’s was with blueberry from Hiruzen, Maniwa City (where we usually camp). Pretty good.



There’s an art gallery upstairs. The architect (I suppose he’s the owner) showed us his works. I sense that he’s full of passion for art. Great. He told us that he designed this cafe itself also. The miniature version of this cafe he made for design was in so much detailed.

Other stuff is rather art. Though he is considering producing something more practical/useful. That’s a good idea. Heh heh.


Let’s call it a day.



Name Coharuni (コハルニ)
Access 902-3 Imbe, Bizen City, Okayama
Business Hours 11:00 – 18:00
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, the 3rd Sunday
Contact 0869-63-1722



How do you find it? I really didn’t expect this kind of cafe in Bizen City. We may come by sometime when new stuff comes in.

See you around!