In Philippines, Valentine’s Day feels just like Christmas but with lots of red, chocolates, flowers, cute stuff and cheesy dedications. We give such presents to people we feel like giving to. But generally, it is like a special day for women.
Here in Japan, it is all about chocolates and/or sweets. The catchy part is that women are the ones giving chocolates to men. Well, kids and teens do this, too. Chocolates are given not only because of romantic reasons. They also give to male family members and friends. If the recipient is someone special, then that would equate to special and expensive kinds of chocolates. If it is personally made, the better.
I was told that if a girl likes a guy, giving chocolates to that guy is a way to confess how she feels. If the guy likes her back, he will give her something on March 14, called “White Day“.
Then there’s something they call “giri-choco”, which means “obligation chocolate”. Usually given to co-workers and acquaintances, giri-chocos are relatively inexpensive. But if I have the money to buy nicer kinds of chocolates, I would. I just want to make everyone smile. And yes, I gave out giri-choco in the office on February 13th, not only to males but also females.
Our department is so huge so I only intended to give out to my teammates (more or less 30 people). I wrote about 30 notes and attached it to the chocolates. However, I didn’t realize that I bought quite a lot so in the end, I was able to give others outside the team. Two ladies were so delighted to receive something from me that they gave me a pack of cute cookies.
So, what did I do on THE Valentine’s day? I went out alone and headed to a lake a few minutes from where I live. I have been planning to visit the lake and I’m glad I finally did. I went there late in the afternoon, just in time to catch the sunset. It was very cold but I enjoyed the refreshing walk. It was a great physical activity, too as the lake is about 30 minutes on foot from the train station!
I have tons of photos to share and my posts get delayed because I am so lazy to upload the photos. Fortunately, my Sony xPeria Z3 automatically generated a movie for me! How cool is that?
All photos and the photos in the movie were taken using Sony xPeria Z3.