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Omiyage


お土産
おみやげ

Web pineapple game

Omiyage is the Japanese word for 'souvenir'. It can be used for any kind of souvenir, but in the context of your school or workplace, it generally means those small mysterious snacks occasionally found on your desk when you arrive at work in the morning.

It's not expected for you to give out omiyage at all, but if you do go on a trip and manage to bring back some treats, it's a great way to start a conversation about your trip, talk to someone haven't had the chance to yet, or just generally make everybody think better of you.

Buying Omiyage:
Omiyage can be found at many places, but the easiest place to find them is the special omiyage store at major stations. The 7/11 omiyage store at the Shin Kobe Shinkansen Station is one such example. You can check on the back of an omiyage box to see how many are included (it will say something like 30個入り), and remember some schools have 50+ staff members, so make sure to buy enough!

When giving out omiyage, don't forget the people in the admin office and maintanence rooms. They will love you for it!

Oni



おに

Red oni with club simple cartoon

A demon

OTE

Acronym for Official Teacher of English.

Many JET contracting organizations refer to this as JTE (Japanese Teacher of English), however Kobe City uses the term OTE to avoid the assumption that all English teachers are Japanese.