|Pokemon chocolate hearts for the kids :-)|
Valentine's Day-- yes, there is one in Japan-- is a rather different holiday than the one westerners are accustomed to.
...Valentine's underwear (you wanted Hello Kitty boxer shorts, right? Yeah--I thought so:-))
Have you noticed anything about these Valentine's gifts yet? Exactly--they're all for men. With the exception of the chocolates (we'll come back to those in a moment), all of those presents are for men--boyfriend, spouse (less common than boyfriend)...
And the ladies? What do they get on Valentine's Day? Short answer-- nothing. (there's a longer answer--more on that below).
Have you peeled your eyebrows off the ceiling and pasted them back where they go? Yes, that's right. Ladies get...nothing. Ladies buy, or make, chocolates for boyfriends, spouses, a boy at school they like, bosses and male coworkers. Yes-- so-called "Office Ladies" (OL's) giving chocolates to their bosses and coworkers probably accounts for the majority of revenues generated on Valentine's Day for chocolate companies. Granted, bosses don't get the "honmei" (real love-- usually handmade) chocolates that boyfriends or spouses get--they get what is called "Giri-choco", inexpensive purchased chocolates. It literally means "obligation chocolate". Most working women I know think that particular tradition is just a pain and would rather not participate, but... well, you know about the Nail That Sticks Up already.
|preparation...molds, boxes, ribbons, foil cups...|
|a Kitty-chan box for that special guy...|
So stay tuned-- Part II will be March 14th. I'll let you know what I get... ;-))
Mata asobou, ne!