In exactly a week from now, Japan will be celebrating a special day called White Day on March 14. The video below claims that White Day is unique to Japan, but a quick web search says that South Korea, China, and Taiwan also celebrate it. If you’re South Korean, Chinese, or Taiwanese, will you confirm to me whether this is true or not? Thanks in advance.
You already know that Japan has quite a unique Valentine’s Day with females stressing themselves out to give chocolates to the guys they want to confess their love to. Well, we can say that White Day is the male counterpart of Valentine’s Day, marked exactly 1 month after it.
I thought that most anime/manga fans are aware of White Day, but I’m quite surprised that there are still many who have no idea this kind of day exists. The video below does a great job in explaining what White Day is and even briefly reveals its origins. I thought that I already know everything that there is to know about White Day, but I still learned some new things after watching this video.
I didn’t know that there is a “tradition” indicating that a male should give a present to a female that is at least 3 times the value of the present she gave him on Valentine’s Day. That’s why more accessories are given as presents in White Day than sweets compared to Valentine’s Day. How interesting. . .and expensive!
However, when I think about it, White Day is still stressful to females because even if they’re already finished gathering their courage to confess their love by giving chocolates to guys, now they’re stressing about what they will receive from the guys instead. And if what the video said is correct, then females are not only worrying about whether they’ll get something from the guys, but also whether the guys treasure them enough to give a present that is at least 3 times the value of the chocolates they gave on Valentine’s Day. Phew! How stressful!
Uploaded by: Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com
Now you know all the basics of White Day. What do you think about this day? Do you think you’ll adopt this tradition?
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