❤ Valentine Day... I told you in the last post how Christmas in Japan takes the features of our Valentine Day, and well, it seems Japanese really like this day because the not only doubled it, but it comes in a three-pack! At Christmas a romantic dinner, and on the 14th of February girls have to show their love and affection to their beloved ones by giving them [possibly handmade] chocolate. Western boys are surely thinking about moving to Japan, finally a country where are the girls giving and the boys receiving... BUT, it’s not the end guys! One month after, on the 14th of March is the White day, and I quote from Wikipedia: On White Day, the reverse happens: men who received a chocolate on Valentine's Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts. Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, white lingerie, and marshmallows. Sometimes the term literally, sanbai gaeshi (三倍返し, 'triple the return') is used to describe the generally recited rule that the return gift should be two to three times the worth of the Valentine's gift.
🎁 Packaging... you would expect cute and well-finished packaging under these commercial festivities as Valentine day or Christmas, but in Japan this is an all-day thing. Everything is in this extremely cute packaging that make everything look so much better and make people like us smile. Forget the brown paper bag when you buy a simple pastry, they will put it in a nice flimsy paper and inside a very cute pink paper bag. Wine and sake bottle look all so elegant, and they sometimes come into an as well elegant box. I love it, everything is so kawaii!
🍶 Speaking of bottles... here is cold, so sometimes you would like to drink something warm. And here come the vending machines! Yes, in Japan you won’t find only cool drinks in the vending machines, but also hot ones. Let’s not talk about the incredible amount of vending machines present in Japan; you will find one at every single corner! But hot ones? And understand me well, you don’t have to look for the hot one, no, some vending machines offer both cold and hot drinks!