Belle wrote:Hello fellow Canadians who may (or may not) be panicking over omiyage, my biggest piece of advice is wait to hear from your pred as they will be your best resource in preparing the quality/quantity you need!
Second piece of advice, maple flavoured anythings will be your best plan of attack, within one day of handing out cookies I think all of my coworkers will forever remember I am Canadian and not American lol! I also had several "special" omiyage ready for my principle, JTEs, etc. but for my other random coworkers who I have limited interaction with.....
A cheap and cute idea, I bought 3 boxes of maple cookies at my local grocery store (approx 30 cookies per pack) and then once I got to Japan I hit up the 100yen store for cute omiyage food baggies with twist ties (easy-peasy to find at ANY 100yen store in Japan thanks to the omiyage culture here, 1 package of 20 baggies = 100yen). Went home and put a few cookies in the baggies and then put those personal baggies all in a nice gift bag to bring with me to school and use to carry them around as I walk around the staffroom at lunch and hand them out TIP: bring all omiyage in a carry bag, many people will want to shake your hand and you don't want to have to juggle 20-30 other omiyage to do so lol.
Hope someone out there finds this useful, anyone else can do this too if there are special cookies from your home country not individually wrapped. My American friend did the same thing with lemon-creme cookies.
I approve about the maple thingies (also being from Canada). Just a sidenote, you can find maples cookies in Jupiter (foreign food store in most big cities) and I've seen them appearing in Aeon shipping malls since 2 weeks ago (Aeon is like the Wal-mart of Japan right now). The cookies I'm talking about are of the Leclerc brand made with real maple syrup. You can also find the Dare ones in Japan. As you probably won't be able to hit one of those stores before your first introductions, I do recommend bringing some... just don't go overboard, you can also get them here (but Japanese usually don't know that).