Uniqueness Of Valentine's Day: A Special Day For Girls In Japan
In Japan, Valentine's Day is the occasion when women express their love to the men by giving chocolate. In recent years, however, the chocolate has gained more meanings than just love. I will introduce some different types of chocolate for Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day in Japan
But in Japan, the idea is opposite. It is almost like an obligation for women to give a chocolate gift to men on Valentine's Day.
The origin of this custom can be traced back to 1950s when the chocolate shop named "Morozoff" first introduced the Valentine's Day as an occasion to express love in Japan.
After that, department stores and the confectionery stores targeted women, and started to sell the chocolate as the special gift of Valentine's day.
Since then, the custom of giving chocolate from women to men has been perpetuated throughout Japan.
Now, Valentine's in Japan has become more than just expressing love.
The chocolate can be divided into 3 types depending on whom you give.
"Honmei (true love)" chocolate
Honmei chocolate is usually hand-made. Most women make a great effort to make a tasty one so that you express how much you love, and show how well you can cook to the man you love.
"Giri (obligation)" chocolate
Usually, women buy giri choco in department stores.
"Tomo (friend)" chocolate
Tomo chocolate is usually hand-made, it is not necessary to be chocolate. You can make other types of sweets such as macarons and cakes.
How to recognize Honmei and Giri Choco ?
The difference between "Honmei" and "Giri" is that people don't make serious preparations when offering giri choco.
Also it is likely that people offer giri choco in front of others. As for honmei choco, people usually offer them privately. Also, honmei choco are more likely to be costly or to be homemade.
Happy Valentine, everyone!
- I'm a Japanese student studying English.