7 Sweet Tips about St. Valentine’s Day in Japan!

7 Sweet Tips about St. Valentine’s Day in Japan!

It’s already February and St. Valentine’s Day is just round the corner! Do you know that St. Valentine’s Day in Japan is cerebrated in a very unique way? I’m Japanese and today, I’ll introduce about “St. Valentine’s Day in Japan” from my point of view as Japanese. Let’s check and join us!



 

7 Sweet Tips about St. Valentine’s Day in Japan!

 

1. Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate!

What does St. Valentine’s Day remind you of? Flowers? Valentine’s cards? Romantic dinner? Well, in Japan, it’s chocolate. Around the end of January, you’ll see tons of chocolate in everywhere. Chocolate fair takes place in every department store and various chocolates displayed in showcases will please your eyes. If you would like to taste very Japanese chocolate, it would be a good opportunity. There are many chocolate unique to Japan, such as green tea chocolate, chocolate truffles with sake and so on. Let’s find your favorite one!

 

2. On that day, guys have butterflies in their stomach.

In Japan, usually only women give chocolate (not only chocolate, but mainly) for men on St. Valentine’s Day. It’s a great opportunity for every woman in love to express their feelings. Guys therefore often get butterflies in their stomach thinking whether they can get chocolate or not.

 

3. “Giri”? “Honmei”? or…..?

Even if you get chocolate from beautiful Japanese woman, don’t get carried away! It’s not always “Honmei (true love)” chocolate. There are roughly three types of chocolate: “Honmei-choco (chocolate for someone special)”, “Giri-choco (courtesy chocolate)” and “Tomo-choco (chocolate for friends).” We Japanese women give chocolates not only to our loved ones. We give “Giri-choco” to bosses and co-workers and “Tomo-choco” to friends with our feelings of gratitude. It’s important to distinguish which type of chocolate it is!

 

4. For the people who don’t like chocolate

Chocolate makes us happy, but I’m sure some people don’t like it so much. Well, don’t worry about it. Other than chocolate, there are many food gifts for Valentine’s Day such as heart-shaped rice crackers, heart-shaped Kamaboko (boiled fish paste) and heart-shaped Japanese pickles! These gourmet gifts are cute, delicious and above all, unique to Japan, so they will make good souvenirs, too!

 

5. Let’s treat yourself!

At this time of year, showcases are full of mouth-watering chocolates. Don’t you think they are too attractive to not to get one for yourself? Today, many Japanese women also buy special chocolates for themselves as a reward. It’s so-called “reward chocolate.” According to the latest investigation, they spend more money on “reward chocolate” than they do on “Honmei-choco” in many cases! It can be said that St. Valentine’s Day in Japan is also the day to treat ourselves with delicious chocolates.

 

6. Can’t-miss Romantic illuminations

At this time of the year, you can also enjoy romantic Valentine’s Day illuminations in many places. You can see Tokyo Skytree tower illuminated in chocolate color and walk down beautiful Roppongi Street dazzling in red!

 

7. Don’t forget “White day”!

If you get some gifts on St. Valentine’s Day, then don’t forget “White day”! It takes place one month after St. Valentine’s Day, on March 14th. On that day, men who received Valentine’s gift, whether it was “Honmei-choco” or “Giri-choco”, return gifts back to women. It’s relatively new custom unique to Japan but it has already become a kind of etiquette, so you should make the list of who gave you gifts on St. Valentine’s Day in case you forget it. In general, sweets, flowers and accessories are common gifts. A dinner at a fancy restaurant is also one of the popular gifts for special partner. Some people said that White day’s gift should be at least two or three times more expensive than Valentine’s one, but equal or slightly higher value is enough, I think. It’s the thought that counts. Attach your message to the gift and express your love and thank to your partner, co-workers and friends.

 

Conclusion

“St. Valentine’s Day in Japan” is probably a bit different from that in your country, but it’s same in that the day is a great opportunity to express our feelings to our precious ones. Why don’t you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day in Japanese style this year? Have fun!

 

7 Sweet Tips about St. Valentine’s Day in Japan!

1. Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate!
2. On that day, guys have butterflies in their stomach.
3. “Giri”? “Honmei”? or…..?
4. For the people who don’t like chocolate
5. Let’s treat yourself!
6. Can’t-miss Romantic illuminations
7. Don’t forget “White day”!