#318 Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is a strange day in Japan.


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

But the women are the ones giving the gifts!


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.


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


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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