Valentines Day, Japanese Style
|February 13, 2012||Posted by thesocialfrog under Holidays|
Most people assume that Valentines day is mostly a “woman’s” holiday where it’s the man whom is usually the gift giver, whether it be chocolates, cards, flowers or anything else. This does not ring true here in Japan though. It is rather a “men’s” holiday. It is when women throughout Japan go shopping and usually purchase beautiful boxes of chocolates for pretty much any man they desire including their spouse, significant other and even bosses and co-workers.
Last week I was out at one of the Japanese grocery store, Universe and they had their massive display of candies and boxes of chocolate!! They had so many beautiful boxes of chocolate, in all shapes, sizes and gift wrapped for you already. The prices started at around 550¥ and up to well over 1500¥. I am not sure what any of the pretty chocolates were or what may be inside of them but hey…chocolate IS chocolate and I am sure they are divine!
Don’t worry though, there is a “day” for women here too when men give them gifts. It is called “White Day”, when the men return gifts to the women they received one from, one month earlier on Valentines day. Very interesting if you ask me. The top 5 gifts for men to get their woman on White Day are:
- Stuffed Animals