Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Japan

Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? Well, depending on how you feel, you’ll either LOVE or HATE how it’s celebrated in Japan.

The Japanese take this holiday and make it into 2 Holidays.

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but there’s a catch. It’s for women only to share over the top love to the men in their lives. That means gifts, chocolate, and special treatment for the boyfriend or husband… AND get this, male coworkers!

But wait, there’s more!

March 14 is White Day, and this is when the men are supposed to reciprocate with flowers and gifts.

Incidentally, this year Japanese candy companies are expecting profit sales, as Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday which translates into chocolate gifts for office coworkers and colleagues.

Geez, a commercial holiday if I ever saw one…

Okay, but there is one thing I like about Japanese Valentine’s Day. Once a year at Hakone Hot Springs, they fill one of the hot baths with molten chocolate. Bathers glide in and then relax and smear chocolate all over themselves and maybe eat a little of it.

Totally bizarre and not quite sanitary, but you know what? I’d do it once in my life… What about you?


9 thoughts on “Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Japan

  1. Hi Mary, I followed you here from Farnoosh’s blog. Japanese Valentine’s Day sounds like a pretty fattening holiday – even more than the US. Amazing the Japanese stay so thin. 🙂 I could do the chocolate bath once or twice maybe. I wouldn’t want to when I’m really hungry or it might get embarrassing. 🙂

    • maryrichardson

      Dear Bryan,
      Yes, most people would be surprised by how much high fat food Japanese people actually eat… though I guess the portions are way smaller than US! I know what you mean about the chocolate bath being a little embarrassing… it DOES sound fun though, doesn’t it?

  2. I can’t imagine two holidays for Valentine’s day. My fiance and didn’t really celebrate the one holiday this year. I had class that night so there wasn’t much chance to do anything.

    As for that chocolate hot spring. Yeah, I’d jump in. I’m sure it would be similar to jumping into a tub of chocolate milk. I probably wouldn’t eat any of it, but it would be an interesting experience.

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