Valentine’s Day is truly one of the most anticipated holidays anywhere. However, Japan has its unique way of celebrating it. Valentine’s Day on February 14 celebrates love and affection between intimate companions. Unlike most countries, Japan’s Valentine’s Day is incomparable to others. Instead of boys doing favours to the girls, it is the other way around. Girls are the ones giving gifts, most likely chocolates, on Valentine’s Day. Anyways, Japanese Valentine’s chocolates have two types.
This Giri-choco is the so-called “obligatory chocolate”. This chocolate is meant to be give to the friends, colleagues, bosses, and close male friends. “Giri” means obligation. Giri-choco are mostly the ones that can be bought in the department stores and grocery stores. At any rate, this Giri-choco has no romance involved.
Honmei-choco, on the other hand, is the one given to a crush, boyfriend, lover, or husband with true love. Japanese women usually go through the trouble of preparing the Honmei-choco by themselves because they believe that it is not considered to be true love if they are to buy the cliched or ready-made chocolates at the stores.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with people you love and who love you back. Moreover, being the day of love, it should be enjoyed by everyone and anyone, regardless of the relationship status. Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for lovers and such, you can always hang out with your family and friends who you can always count on. Enjoy!