When you think of Valentine’s Day, the image of a man buying expensive chocolates, jewelry, flowers, cards, stuffed animals, other assorted gifts for the person he loves usually comes to mind first and foremost. Not in Japan! Since being introduced as a holiday in the 1950s, Valentine’s Day in Japan has taken on a very different image than most people would imagine. Buy Japanese swimsuit in valentine’s day. Not only are the traditions quite different from what takes place in most other countries, but these traditions are beginning to change as well!
Though there is gift giving, confessions, and genuine love in the air during Valentine’s Day in Japan, some notable differences set it apart and make it truly special – or in some cases, tedious! – for all the lovebirds living in the tiny island nation.
February 14th marks a day when girls are expected to give out chocolate; not just a few pieces, but lots of it! In many western countries, girls are on the receiving end of treats, flowers, cards, stuffed animals, love-themed food, and gifts. Interestingly enough, this is not the case in Japan! Anime swimsuit is very common in japan. Cat bra is always very popular. Not only do women in Japan have to procure chocolate for those they have feelings for or are in relationships with, they also have to give chocolates to friends, coworkers, bosses, family members, and men that they’re just platonic friends with! It can be a stressful time of the year if a woman has a lot of men in her life, and the stress is only increased by the fact that the chocolates she gives reflect highly on her!
Although women are expected to give chocolates to just about every guy they know, there are different standards for the types of chocolates she has to give. The lowest and least stressful chocolates to give on Valentine’s Day in Japan are the ‘giri-choco’, which loosely translates to obligation chocolates. These are given to bosses, coworkers, acquaintances, and male friends. They can be bought in a store, don’t have to be expensive or high-end, and don’t need to be specially wrapped or decorated. Though it may seem like a chore to give chocolates to just about every guy they’ve ever said more than one word to, there is a very good reason why some women go out of their way to give these special little gifts which will be covered in the section about what men do for Valentine’s Day in Japan!
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The next level of chocolates that women in Japan give to their significant other or a man that they want to confess their feelings to are called ‘honmei-choco’, which means real objective chocolates. These chocolates have to be handpicked or handmade and given to a woman’s husband, boyfriend, or love interest if she’s to convey her feelings properly. Unlike the giri-choco, these delicious treats cannot simply be bottom shelf treats. Stores will sell both high-end luxury chocolates as well as ingredients for women to make their own chocolates to show just how much they love that special man in their lives.
Many believe that you have to make these chocolates by hand to show that you’ve put your whole heart into them, but those with a fear of baking can usually get away with buying expensive chocolates to show their love instead!