On special occasions such as weddings and on New Year's Day, envelopes that have prewritten Kanji on them and other decorative items are used for giving money.

Is there a generic term for these envelopes, or do they have specific names for specific events?


The generic term is 金封【きんぷう】, but Japanese people do not use this word commonly. Common words are:

香典【こうでん】袋【ぶくろ】 for black and white ones used on funerals:


(ご)祝儀【しゅうぎ】袋【ぶくろ】 or のし袋【ぶくろ】 for colorful ones used for weddings or other happy occassions:


ポチ袋【ふくろ】 or お年玉袋 used specifically for お年玉:


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