Today is the 14th of February, which means St. Valentine’s Day. A time for men to get the women they like cards, chocolates and other gifts in order to reveal their feelings yadda, yadda.
In Japan, it’s the other way around. Girls give boys chocolate. Yes, you heard right…Women give chocolate to men. Girls might even give some to men they don’t love but feel an obligation to (giri-choko). Valentine’s Day was imported into Japan in 1950’s and 60’s by various Japanese confectionary companies and stores and according to wikipedia, the whole tradition of girls giving chocolates originated from a typo from a chocolate executive during initial campaigns.
Anyway, here’s a scene from Arakawa Under the Bridge which has some Valentines related hilarity. The incredibly popular, handsome, rich and intelligent Kou is bombarded with chocolates from the girls in his school. Unfortunately, he doesn’t like being indebted to another person and gives them all back:
And here’s a fan-dub of Sgt, Frog showing the girls side of Valentines Day.
So, do men get out of giving stuff to women? Nope. 14th of March is White Day. Now excuse me, I’m going to nurse a bourbon and watch re-runs of Black Lagoon.