I Hate Japanese Valentines Days

This isn’t another bitter single-gal post, I promise. Japanese Valentines Days actually sck and in a big way. I’m serious. Well, it sucks for the girls because on V day, it’s the girls and only the girls who are to gift chocolates to the MEN. Yep, the tables turn and in a big way. So all this chocolate, all these fancy boxes with even fancier wrappings, are all for HIM! Lame.

But, in their defence, one month later, on March 14th, the Japanese celebrate/participate in a Japanese only (I think) celebratory day called White Day, which is when men are supposed to give return gifts to the women who had gifted them a month prior. Which, is kind of unfair seeing as you HAVE to give to take…Hehe.

Below are pictures from the chocolate expose of the Tenmaya Department Store in Okayama (floor 6) where there are 100 different varieties of fancy chocolate, including TESTERS. Yes, testers! Go, go, go!

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  1. I like Japanese sweets. They look so pretty!

    There’s a Takashimaya store in Singapore and i have seen the imported Japanese sweets. Really pretty. And colorful.

    V-day in Japan is stressful for the boys too. Like the day before V-day, they must be agonizing over whether they will receive any chocolate at all.

    And that’s why I prefer the Western version. Too stressful for me, the Japanese V-day.

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      1. Thanks! :)

        I love reading your blog too! Especially the articles about Japan!

        I am an otaku so I have always wanted to visit the Holy Land of otaku everywhere. Kinda jealous that you are living in Japan.

        You have any articles and photos of Akihabara?

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  2. The romantic tradition of Valentine’s Day has grown it’s roots in Estonia too over the past years, but mostly it’s known as Friendship Day in Estonia. People do go one dates and make gifts to each other, but it has never been gender based. I think Japanese Valentine’s Day is unique in that sense? Most of the celebration in Estonia however is making small gifts to your friends. Sending hand made cards is a popular tradition in schools for instance during that day.
    I wouldn’t mind some of that chocolate on White day however xD

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  3. Love the photo illustrations in your posts, like this one or the one on the Japanese supermarket. For someone who’s never been to Japan, and cannot really imagine what it is like, it’s great to see scenes of everyday life! Keep us entertained with your photo reports (and your film reviews :-) )! Cheers!

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