#318 Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is a strange day in Japan.

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Of course, couples buy expensive chocolates and go on dates.

But the women are the ones giving the gifts!

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The chocolates and cakes can be store bought or hand made.

Women give 義理チョコ/giri choco to their male co-workers.

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Giri choco literally means “obligation chocolate” they’re cheap and nothing special.

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They can also give 友チョコ/tomo choco to their female friends.

It’s a strange role reversal and it doesn’t really resemble valentine’s day that much… but it means lots of chocolate for everyone!

Happy valentines day!

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