What’s St.Valentine’s Day like in Japan?
You probably heard that chocolate–not flowers–is master on this day, but here are the top 3 differences with Western countries.
1. in Japan, it’s women who do the gift giving on Valentine’s Day. Men reciprocate a month later (March 14) on White Day–although sometimes they won’t.
2. Valentine’s Day chocolate is not limited to husbands or boyfriends. Women also buy what they call “giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), which is meant to be given to colleagues, bosses, and close male friends with no romance involved. On the other hand, “honmei-choco” (true feeling chocolate) is given to a boyfriend, lover, or husband.
3. Japanese women often prepare the honmei-choco by themselves, as many of them think it is not true love if they just buy the ready-made chocolate at shops.