How Much Money to Give as a Gift (Goshigi) ?

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Hi there. It’s Mrs. Wada, back on duty. I would like to share how much money to give as a gift (goshugi) in Japan.

How Much Money to Give as a Gift (Goshigi) ?

Japanese often give money as a gift for celebrating. If you are not sure how much you should give, here is some reference.

*Note that it would be actually better to give something practical (ex; stationary for students, etc.)  than giving cash. It really depends so you should consider the relationship between you and the person.

Wedding Gift (結婚祝い)

Friend 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
Relative 30,000 – 100,000 yen
Family 20,000 – 100,000 yen

Baby-birth Gift(出産祝い)

Friend/colleague 3,000 – 10,000 yen
Sibling 5,000 – 30,000 yen
One’s own child 30,000 – 50,000 yen
Relative 5,000 – 20,000 yen
Acquaintance 1,000 – 3,000 yen

Shichi-go-san (七五三)

If you don’t know what Shichi-go-san is, here is some reference.

Grand child 10,000 – 30,000 yen
Relative 5,000  – 10,000 yen
Friends’ child 3,000 – 5,000 yen

Admission to School / Graduating from School (入学祝い/卒業祝い)

Admission to School

Grand child Kindergarten About 10,000 yen
Elementary school About 20,000 yen
Jr. High school About 30,000 yen
Nephew/niece About 10,000 yen
Friend’s child Kindergarten 3,000 – 5,000 yen
Older 5,000 ~ 10,000 yen


Graduating from School

Grand child 10,000 – 50,000 yen
Nephew/niece About 10,000 yen
Friend’s child 3,000 – 5,000 yen

Coming age celebration (成人)

One’s own child 10,000 – 50,000 yen
Grand child 10,000 – 100,000 yen
Younger sibling 3,000  – 10,000 yen
Acquaintance 5,000 – 10,000 yen

Celebrate for getting a job (就職祝い)

Relative 10,000 – 20,000 yen
Friend/junior 5,000 – 10,000 yen

Housewarming Gift (新築祝い/引越し祝い)

Friend/co-league 5,000 – 10,000 yen
Sibling/relative 10,000 – 30,000 yen

Return Gift during one’s recovery (快気祝い・退院祝い)

For those who did nice to you or gave you something while you are sick, you should return something worth 1/2 – 1/3 of what you got. It should be consumable items since reusable things may sound bad luck (‘it may happen over again’).


How do you find it? Hope it helps.

What are Kira Kira Names Anyways?

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to talk about Kira Kira names this time.

What are Kira Kira Names Anyways?

What comes to your mind for usual Western names? Michael, David, Anthony etcetera etcetera. It seems that classy names are still used today in the West. But what about in Japan?

Ateji (Names written in unusual ways)

Here are recent popular names of Japanese boys and girls.

Boy’s names
1. 蓮 (Ren)
2. 蒼 (Aoi/Ao)
3. 陽翔 (Haruto/Hinato)
4. 樹 (Itsuki/Tatsuki)
5. 湊 (Minato/Sou)
6. 大翔 (Hiroto/Haruto)
7. 悠真 (Yuma/Haruma)
8. 湊斗 (Minato)
9. 律 (Ritsu)
10. 朝陽 (Asahi)

Girl’s names
1. 陽葵 (Himari/Hinata)
2. 紬 (Tsumugi)
3. 凛 (Rin)
4. 芽依 (Mei)
5. 結月 (Yuzuki/Yutsuki)
6. 結菜 (Yuina)
7. 葵 (Aoi)
8. 莉子 (Riko)
9. 澪 (Mio)
10. 陽菜 (Hina/Haruna)

Oh hey, Mrs. Wada’s name is the most popular name but for boys! Heh. To be frank I wasn’t sure HOW TO READ some names and that’s one thing that makes it Kira Kira names. Many parents wish to name their kids something unique and unusual but a problem is we can’t read them!

Western Names Spelled in Kanji

Another Kira Kira name type is Western names. Today Japanese have more opportunities to encounter foreigners, so more Western names are considered for babies but spelled in Kanji (Chinese character) like below.

聖羅 (Seira = Sarah)

十夢 (Tomu = Tom)

来夢 (Raimu/Laimu = Lime)

安奈 (An-na = Anna)

Actually some Western names are not that odd. Lisa (理沙) is very common. Naomi (直美) is more like considered a Japanese name. Julia (樹里亜) sounds a bit like a stage name but becoming normal.

There are even more super shiny sparkling Kira Kira names that are read totally different from it is supposed to be. So even Japanese have hard times reading those names like below.

月 (Luna)

澄海 (Sky)

宝冠 (Tiarra/Tierra)

The one on top is a kanji for Tsuki (moon) so Luna… It’s almost like playing an impossible game huh?

Anime Names

Other typical Kira Kira names would be from Anime shows like Naruto, Goku (Dragon Ball), etc., anything too unique. By the way I have seen a boy named Naruto in Canada and I was stunned as I heard it. To be frank I thought his childhood would be tough (well, even after). If you have a classmate named Gundam, everyone would tease him for sure.

It is not a bad thing for parents what names they give their kids BUT they should consider that their kids would have to go through a lot just because of their Kira Kira names. You know, I wouldn’t want to tell people if my name was Picachu. Picaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!


Just like some English names have blended in well, there used to be some names that were Kira Kira and now they aren’t. You know what? -ko (子) used to be a kid of Kira Kira name in the old days (like Yoko, Ryoko, Toshiko etc). But these are also becoming old fashioned in the 21st century. Things change huh. So what I am saying is current Kira Kira names could be normal in the future as well.

How do you find it? Do you know anyone with Kira Kira name around you? I would really like to hear it if you do. Please share it in the comment form!

See you around!