At least he wipes his feet.
In a tea house, visitors can enjoy the tea ceremony, where tea and food
are prepared slowly and gracefully. Each move is planned, almost like a
dance without music, to honor the visitor.
Not only tea and food, but the bowls, the serving, and the art of
every peaceful moment are part of the gift in "the way of tea."
Nero's a bad dog! That's no way to accept such a nice gift!
But let's see another kind of gift.
This old, very large (more than 6 inches long) oban was made by a rich lord in 1592 of gold.
The name of the mint and its director are written on it in India ink—a strong ink that doesn't wash off.
Although the oban could be used to buy things, it was usually used as a gift to the royal family, other rich people, or samurai warriors.
Did you know that American coins can be gifts too?
The kind of American coin we usually give as a gift is the commemorative, a coin that shows a special person, place, or event worth remembering.
This 2003 "First Flight" coin commemorates the Wright Brothers and their powered air flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903.
Medals make good gifts, too. For example, President Thomas Jefferson had explorers Lewis and Clark give Peace Medals as gifts to the Native American chiefs they met while exploring the Louisiana Territory.
Today's leaders can still give medals as gifts to foreign leaders.
Is there something fishy in Japan?