Friday, January 22, 2016

Valentines day in Japan

The Valentine’s Day in Japan is huge. And it’s nothing like what we are used to on the 14th of February, when men give presents like chocolate and roses, confessing or reaffirming their love to women.
In Japan, it’s exactly the opposite. In a country where women traditionally expect men to express romantic interests, the Valentine’s Day is kind of the day women could take initiative and declare their romantic feelings. Sounds good if you are a man, but Japanese Valentine’s Day is more complex than ‘women give gifts to men’.
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1 comment:

  1. If men get chocolate, either honmei or giri, they are supposed to return the favour on what’s called the White Day in Japan. Love the idea of girls taking the initiative ;)