Traditionally, many people in Japan send year-end gifts known as "Oseibo" to family and friends. And department stores are already stocking their shelves, many with gifts suitable for larger gatherings now that coronavirus-related restrictions have been lifted.
A department store in Tokyo is offering food products that can be shared in a group. They include sets of yakitori grilled chicken from a popular brand and pizza sets.
The store expects people to get together for year-end parties and has ordered more hot pot gift sets than last year.
An official from the company that runs the store said they are offering more luxurious gifts that people can enjoy together.
Gift lineups at other stores include everyday essentials, such as cooking oil and coffee.
Demand is likely to rise as food prices soar. Sales of such items are expected to jump by about 15 percent from last year.

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