The Unique Valentine’s Day of Japan

In exactly a week from now, the world will be celebrating Valentine’s Day.  This is a widely-recognized occasion for lovers or for those people who just want to share love and be filled with love.  Valentine’s Day in Japan is unique by itself because it’s not only a romantic day, but also a stressful day especially to females.

This is the day when females give chocolates in order to confess their feelings to the guys special to them.  If you’ve been watching shoujo-romance manga & anime plus romantic J-Drama, then you know what I’m talking about.

The video below does a good job in explaining the uniqueness of Valentine’s Day in Japan.  It briefly explains the reason why this chocolate-giving tradition started.  It also gives important Valentine’s Day terms like honmei choco, giri choco, and tomo choco; explaining what each term means and the difference between these types of chocolates.

These are pretty basic stuff, so if you’re already a Japanophile, then I’m sure you already know these things.  But for those of you who are still scratching their heads about Japan’s different Valentine’s Day tradition, I think the video below is a good way to start.


Uploaded by:  Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

So are you ready for Valentine’s Day next week?  Would you adopt Japan’s Valentine’s Day tradition?


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26 thoughts on “The Unique Valentine’s Day of Japan”

      1. Ahaha! I like harem when it’s a lot of guys & then myself, but if it’s the other way around, hmph. Well, I’m biased because I’m a girl & I do enjoy ogling hot guys from reverse harems series. Hahaha.

        Well, you’re more understanding than I am when it comes to a situation like that.

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      2. Fushigi Yuugi was my #1 favourite when I was younger (like 10-13?). Hahaha. I didn’t like KamiAso that much, but I did like Brothers Conflict. Didn’t like the story, but I have a major crush on most of the guys there.
        😉

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      3. Hmmm. I think I have issues with almost every character in most reverse harems. Even when I’m enjoying the eye candy, I can’t help rolling my eyes at the way they’re behaving. Hmmm. But I rather like most of the guys (attitude-wise) from “Saiunkoku Monogatari” & “Hanasakeru Seishounen”. Not to mention that their stories are great, too.

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      4. Watch them when you have the time. I think that Saiunkoku Monogatari is great. It has a really good and absorbing political story line, alongside the romance. I also like it because it’s very empowering as a female. You’ll see what I mean when you do watch it. As for Hanasakeru Seishounen, it’s really good, too, but it’s just that sometimes, the characters seem to be too perfect.

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      5. Yeah, sure. I haven’t had good historical shoujo for a long time now.

        Oh, I tend to dislike “perfect” characters, but we’ll see. 🙂 Thanks for the impressions on these series. I’ll try out Saiunkoku Monogatari first, if I ever get to sit down and watch long anime without guilt. Hahaha

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      6. Well, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

        It’s just that “perfect” characters become boring after a while. There’s just no depth to their characters. I know. Life can be busy, so watch the series only when you have the time. Cheers!

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      1. Yay! High-five!

        I think it’s quite common for people to love chocolates, but I’ve met these rare people who really don’t have a taste for them. How sad their lives must be.
        😉

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