Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines Day in Japanese Anime!

Ok so you might have seen some anime in the past or just got into some where Valentines Day occurs in one of the episodes.  So what's up with that?  Girls are the ones that give the guys the chocolate? I don't get it?
So the thing is, in Japan Valentines day is actually a day where women express their feelings towards people they care about or a guy they like. They either make chocolates or buy chocolates for their loved ones and give them the chocolates on Valentines Day.   Some say that this has been a gimmick that chocolate companies did, and well if it is, its been working, because chocolate sales have a huge boosts right before Valentine's day.

So what about the guys?
Yes the guys do have a day when they give gifts to the ladies too, but its not Valentines day, that's a ladies giving day.  If a guy wants to return a gift to a lady they do it on White Day, which is a month after Valentine's day on March 14th.  Guys usually give gifts like handkerchiefs, teddy bears, rings, and necklaces.  So it turns out Valentines day and White day are in corralation to each other.
Quite a different custom than in the states, ne?


  1. I really enjoyed this post. I had no idea how different their customs are from ours. That's really cool! :D

  2. Yea lol and i find it funny that girls are expected to make the first move unlike here where guys are traditionally supposed to make the first move, pretty much!