I am one of those people who likes to go the extra mile when it comes to omotenashi. I always make sure to add some “extra” things to make others happy, and I use my designing skill to do so.
As I was given the opportunity to write a blog post, I would like to show you how I add special spices in omotenashi on a daily basis on this post.
There are many occasions to send gifts to someone in our private time, or for business. But you wouldn’t want to give someone something that’s just a-okay, would you?
I think you can show your great omotenashi spirit through gifts when you choose it right. When I buy gifts, I always keep in mind to choose something that is suitable for anyone, within my budget.
So it sI think you can show your great omotenashi spirit through gifts when you choose it right. When I buy gifts, I always keep in mind to choose something that is suitable for anyone, within my budget.hould be something classic and authentic -something that is easy to use, or easy to eat. But the packaging must be unique and exclusive.
Then I design things like a message card, or a wrapping paper which would relate to their personality to spice up the gift a little bit. These “special” and “extra” things will convey your thoughtfulness and omotenashi spirit to the person you are giving the gift to.
I’m sure you’ve been to home parties, picnics, or some small gatherings with your friends. My husband and I like to host home parties.
We used to host one as often as once a week before. And on special occasions, I like to go the extra miles on omotenashi using my designing skills.
For example, I have ordered a home party size wedding cake for my friend and added the topper I made on top of it as a surprise wedding gift.
At other time, I have organised a picnic instead of a normal farewell party for my colleague and designed stylish place settings to bring.
Organising and preparing for parties requires a lot of hard work, but seeing everyone’s happy faces makes all the time I spent for preparation worthwhile.
We wanted to take an active part in the designing process when my husband and I bought our house 2 years ago.
Our name plate was the one thing we put the most effort into. We wanted to make a signboard-like name plate so it could be a landmark that people could look for when they visited our house as we have visitors quite often.
We also made booklets and handed out to people who came to our open house.
We wrote the story behind the house and why and how we came up with its design in the booklet with the hopes of them becoming useful for those who were thinking of building their own house.
We received many positive feedbacks on these booklets from the people who came to our open house and those feedbacks made me be absolutely over the moon.
Since I am in a design industry, there are a lot of chance for me to treat my colleagues through designs.
For example, I surprised our staff with company tumblers I designed at UNIEL the other day. Originally, I was to get just plain tumblers. But I decided to design them and added each staff’s name on their tumblers hoping these tumblers would be our staff’s motivation booster.
What Do You Think?
Why don’t you start giving a little extra in omotenashi? It doesn’t even have to be about designs.
There are so many ways to show your love and gratitudes towards people. All you have to do is to think a little outside of the box.
Those little “extra” things will help you step up your omotenashi game.