バレンタインデー – Valentine’s Day

February 14 is a day all over the western world where the men are scrambling to lease another year of relationship with chocolates, flowers, cards and other such gestures that aren’t otherwise seen.  This sort of holiday can be stressful, and can even get men in trouble with their lady friends.  This scramble is not felt by Japanese men however, in fact they don’t celebrate the day at all.  What’s better is that on Valentines’ Day, they only have to sit back and receive these tokens from women.  Women will give chocolates to the people who they deem worthwhile, though if the chocolates are handmade (which they often are) it makes them to be much more personal.

I have received a few chocolates throughout the day.  The female teachers gave out small pieces during school today.  Some were handmade, though the store bought ones were most interesting to me.  The first one I got was “Bourbon Whiskey BonBon”.  I figured that this was going to be interesting and bit right into it.  Well, I was shocked to find not a flavored cream but instead actual whiskey encased in chocolate!  I also received some brandy, wine, and sake filled chocolates.  This was really interesting to me, since it would never fly in America, and could also cause me to fail a breathalyser test.  I technically consumed alcohol while working.

Bourbon, Brandy, Rum and Raisin, Wine, Deluxe Brandy.  I already ate the whiskey

Anyway, there were also some boxes of chocolates that showed up on my doorstop too.  One was from the kindergarten I work at, though I’m not sure of the other sender.  It will be important to find this out, since on March 14 I will be celebrating White Day.  This is basically the opposite of Valentine’s day where men do everything.  In addition to sending chocolates to their love prospects, men also need to send and equal amount of chocolate to anyone who sent it to them.

the Japanese system buys the forgetful man a month over the ‘standard’ system.  I’m going to go ahead and say I like this one better, since I puts equal responsibility on both sexes.  I’m surprised Halmark hasn’t jumped on it yet.

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