What is Valentines day like in Japan?

February 05, 2018

In Japan, some western cultural events are celebrated in a Japanese way. Valentines day is not an exception, it is celebrated quite differently, just like how Christmas is celebrated in Japan! 

Valentines day in a Japan is a day for a woman to give gifts to men. Normally women make sweets and or buy gifts.  Confectionery companies exploited it for commercial reasons to sell sweets, so women often get chocolates for her partner, or someone she fancies. Also, friends get chocolates for each other. 

Valentines day in Japan is all about chocolates. Girls buy many sorts of chocolates from department stores. This season, department stores clear a special section (or even a whole floor) to sell chocolates and sweets. It will usually be full of girls buying chocolates.

In Japanese culture, Valentines day is a day to give gifts to your  boyfriend, and also a day to show appreciation. Girls give chocolates to people at work as well. Some girls even get chocolates for their dads and friends will get chocolates for each other. It is almost like a chocolate giving day! Other than chocolates, some girls get marshmallows, biscuits or something sweet.

So when do girls get the gifts back.....??? Guys get gifts for girls on March 14th, a month after Valentines day. It is called White day and guys get chocolates, or get gifts or take girls out for meals. 

Valentines are started as a committal reason, but it is sweet that people show  appreciation to each other.

 






Also in Education

Sansho - The Japanese Pepper
Sansho - The Japanese Pepper

October 09, 2018 0 Comments

Sansho is native to Japan. The leaves are usually used as a herb, however it is often referred to as 'Japanese pepper.' It comes from a plant called the prickly ash which is closely related to... 

View full article →

What is Kombu? Is Kombu and Kelp the same?
What is Kombu? Is Kombu and Kelp the same?

September 21, 2018 0 Comments

As some of already know, Kombu is one kind of seaweed that is known as containing umami. We use it to make dashi,...

View full article →

A Tribute to Joël Robuchon
A Tribute to Joël Robuchon

September 14, 2018 0 Comments

He was known as one of the greatest Michelin chefs in the world. Japanese food was a huge influence. He won 3 Michelin stars back to back quicker than any other chef...

View full article →