So I mentioned furusato nozei last year. My 'gift' (bribe?) arrived last week.
Take a look at the previous post for the details, but basically furusato nozei is a system where you can send your local inhabitant taxes (住民税) to a different locality in exchange for some kind of gift.
This year I send 50,000 yen to Osato in Miyagi (mainly because I am thinking of buying property there in the future) and they sent me a box of prime beef steaks.
The whole thing will hopefully only cost me 2,000 yen, as I claim the 50,000 yen back from the local inhabitant taxes I owe to Sendai, minus the 2,000 yen fee.
There are a huge number of gifts available, from the ordinary to the truly ridiculous.
Anyone else using furusato nozei this year? What did you get?