Jan 22, 2019
For couples, and girls that have a crush on someone, Valentine’s Day is a big event in Japan. However, it is pretty different from what I knew about Valentine’s Day in Germany.
Only girls give gifts on Valentine’s Day
In Germany usually, the guys give presents to their girlfriends/wives on Valentine’s Day. Most of the time it is flowers or chocolates, so you see a lot of guys lining up at the flower shop on the evening of the 14th of February.
In Japan, only the girls give gifts on Valentine’s Day and usually it is chocolate which can be self-made or bought at a store.
This is chocolate I made for my husband on Valentine’s Day this year.
Already in January, you can find special Valentine's areas in several big department stores across Japan where all the famous chocolate brands sell their Valentine's collection. This chocolate is usually pretty pricey but looks quite amazing.
Valentine's chocolate from the brand Goncharoff
Girls give chocolate to their boyfriend or the guy they have a crush on. In the latter case, the chocolate is considered as a confession of love. This chocolate is called Honmei-choco. There also are other kinds of chocolate you give to others on Valentine’s Day like Tomo-choco (chocolate you give to your female friends) and Giri-Choco (chocolate you give to your coworkers as a social obligation), but these are not related to romantic feelings at all.
You get a present back on White Day
The Japanese culture of gift giving is quite complex and one aspect of it is that if you receive a gift you always have to give a gift in return. For Valentine’s Day, the return gifts are given one month later on White Day on March 14th. White Day is popular in several Asian countries but is not celebrated elsewhere.
Typical White Day gifts are cookies, jewelry or white chocolate. There is a social rule that guys have to give a return present of double or triple the value of the original present, which makes the whole thing quite complex for guys. In the case of romantic feelings this might be understandable but I doubt that a lot of guys want to give expensive presents to female co-workers they received Giri-Choco from. Since the whole Valentine’s Day/White Day issue causes quite some trouble at the workplace some companies started forbidding the gift-giving completely.
Some girls even try to abuse this social construct and give “fake Honmei-choco” to several guys hoping for expensive return presents.
Have you experienced a Valentine’s Day in Japan? If yes, did you give or receive any gifts?
Hi, I’m Eli. I’m from Germany and moved to Japan a few years ago. I am a typical nerd and like collecting Pokémon merchandise.Follow me on twitter (@hannari_eri) for the latest nerd News from Tokyo. I also write a blog in German over here. https://lifeinjapanisstrange.wordpress.com/
i am very grateful sharing this great testimonies with you, The best thing that has ever happened in my life is how i win the lottery. I am a woman who believe that one day i will win the lottery.finally my dreams came through when i email Dr Alli . and tell him i need the lottery numbers. i have come a long way spending money on ticket just to make sure i win. But i never know that winning was so easy until the day i meant the spell caster online which so many people has talked about that he is very great in casting lottery spell, so i decide to give it a try.I contacted this man and he did a spell and he gave me the winning lottery numbers. But believe me when the draws were out i was among winners. i win 1.900.000 million Dollar. Dr. Alli truly you are the best, with these man you can will millions of money through lottery. i am so very happy to meet these man, i will forever be grateful to you. Email him for your own winning lottery numbers [ Allispellhelp1@gmail.com ]. OR Whatsapp or Call Via +2348100772528.