PH participates in the largest international gift show in Japan

The Philippines, led by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), is set to take part in the 81st Tokyo International Gift Show Spring Edition (TIGS), the largest international trade show in Japan, on 03-05 February 2016 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center.

CITEM, the export marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), brings together Philippine exporters that will showcase ingenuous handmade products made from unique bone china, acacia tree, and cast resin to the Japanese market. CSM Philippines, Inc. will spotlight topnotch handmade fine bone china table top accessories, giftware, and other novelty items. Tixxi & Co. will feature bags made from Suede fabric, high-quality woods like acacia, carved by local artisans and embellished with fine leathers, crystals, shells, and gemstones.  Mary Kel Co., Inc. will highlight crafted and hand-painted cast resin shoe collections exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York, inspired from actual shoe designs in different periods up to the contemporary period.

In Japan, gift-giving is part of the country’s traditional culture and is essential in building personal and corporate relationships. Gifts are given on holidays and special occasions like age ceremonies, school entrances and graduations, funerals, etc. According to the Yano Research Institute, Japan’s gift market in 2014 achieved 9,740 billion yen, 100.6% of the size in the preceding year. Therefore, joining the TIGS is a good opportunity for companies to penetrate Japan’s gift market.

The Philippine exhibitors are among the 2,500 anticipated companies from around the world that will cater to 200,000 estimated influential international and local buyers in the event. They will participate in business-matching meetings with overseas and Japanese influential buyers and will be featured in the TIGS merchandise information site. During the three-day gift show, visitors can choose from a wide variety of personal gifts, consumer goods, handicrafts, home décor, textiles, fashion, and other design driven goods.

“Like the gift show’s theme, ‘Success through Globalization-Model Manufacturing,’ participating in the event will not just showcase Philippine artisanship to the world but will help our local exporters to consider adding value to their crafts such as new lifestyle solutions and novel designs,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is the export promotion arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). CITEM is committed to developing, nurturing, and promoting globally-competitive small and medium enterprises (SMEs), exporters, designers, and manufacturers by implementing an Integrated Approach to Export Marketing in partnership with other government and private entities. To know more about CITEM, please visit


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