I will be going to Japan in July. I want to take a gift for my Good Will Guide and also for a Japanese friend whom I haven't seen in over forty years. In addition I want to take along some small gifts just in case I would like to show appreciation to someone. I read the thread "An appreciation gift for my Guide" on the Tokyo forum and it was very helpful
But I am confused by the advice that the wrapping is as important as the gift. The rules for gift wrapping that I've found are contradictory: I've read that the paper must be folded over in one direction but not the other; that white paper should never or always be used; that bows should never or always be used. I can't possibly create a beautiful package in the Japanese style that I see on YouTube. How do you suggest I wrap the gifts that I'm going to take with me? I've considered taking them to a professional wrapper in Japan, but there won't be time.