Valentine's Day is celebrated in many western countries – a day where love birdies exchange gifts like chocolate, flower bouquets, cards with little poems or other signs of their (mostly romantic) love.
When I was younger, I usually gave my friends or family some chocolate on Valentine's Day too, because I had seen people doing it in anime and manga. Later I learned that there are three different types of chocolate you can give away:
If you've read my last holiday special about Japanese Christmas, you already learned that Japan loves to adapt holidays from the west and make them their own. Every year the stores start their advertisement for Valentine's Day early in Japan and offer great sales. Materials for making your own chocolate are top sellers and some department stores have a whole floor filled with booths where you can buy chocolate in all shapes and sizes. The prices range between acceptable and absurd.
It's the same on White Day – I happened to be in Japan for this holiday once with my partner and he bought me a little white cake. Later he told me there were so many shops offering White Day's chocolate that he felt absolutely overwhelmed.
Do you give away chocolate on Valentine's Day or ever received some? Have you ever made chocolate yourself? Or did you ever express your love through chocolate? Let me know in the comments!