Japanese Valentine’s Day

ホワイトデー howaito de- – White Day (revenge for the ladies)

ホワイトデー howaito de- – White Day (revenge for the ladies)

Valentine’s Day is a little different in Japan than elsewhere. Most noticeably only women give chocolate or candy to men.

But White Day evens out things. A month after today (March 14th), men give women chocolates and gifts.

Useful words:

義理チョコ giri choko obligatory chocolates

本命チョコ hon mei choko heartfelt (rather than obligatory) gift of chocolate to a man on Valentine’s Day:

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