Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine`s Day In Japan

It`s a little different here, which I didn`t know, so allow me to share.

U.S.                                                                             Japan
-February 14                                                              
-February 14

-colors are red and white                                                        
-colors are red and white

-give flowers, chocolate, cards or a surprise gesture

-only girls give chocolate to boys

-generally most of the responsibility falls on the guy, sorry boys
                                                                                    -There is what`s called `giri-choco`. What it really means is chocolate the girls are semi obligated to give to the boys they`re close too. For example, the group of 1st grade women teachers (our 7th grade) all put in money to get the male teachers chocolate.

If you`re wondering when it is going to be the guys turn to give to the girls, well that would be March 14. White Day.

I have yet to experience it, but as I understand it, Valentine`s Day is girls to guys and White Day is guys to girls. I`m not sure why we all can`t give things to each other on the same day, but none the less there are two days.

The following is from wiki explaining how White Day came about. It`s pretty interesting, read away…

`White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association (全国飴菓子工業協同組合) as an "answer day" to Valentine's Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine's Day. In 1977, a Fukuoka-based confectionery company, Ishimura Manseido (石村萬盛堂), marketed marshmallows to men on March 14, calling it Marshmallow Day (マシュマロデー).
Soon thereafter, confectionery companies began marketing white chocolate. Now, men give both white and dark chocolate, as well as other edible and non-edible gifts, such as jewelry or objects of sentimental value, or white clothing like lingerie, to women from whom they received chocolate on Valentine's Day one month earlier. If the chocolate given to him was giri-choco, the man, likewise, may not be expressing actual romantic interest, but rather a social obligation.`

This Valentine`s Day, as I had no Valentine or even a dollop of a love life, we had a girls night! Sinapi, Kim, Maya, one of Sinapi`s friends, and Yuki, one of mine from work, came over to Sinapi`s to watch the movie Valentine`s Day. Highly recommended if you haven`t seen it! There of course was wine and chocolate involved and other snacks.

Sinapi and our V-Day fiesta!

Kim & Snapz

Maya & Mizuho

Yuki! My coworker from GoChuu

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

It was a great time!

Hope you all had a great V-Day!


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