White Day in Japan

White Day presents

White Day presents

It has been a month since Valentine’s Day and that means today is White Day (ホワイトデー) here in Japan! What is this White Day holiday? Well, it is one of the interesting differences in how Valentine’s Day is celebrated here in Japan. Back in February, my Valentine’s Day post was all about how women give men chocolates to celebrate the holiday in Japan and how these chocolates might be honmei-choco (本命チョコ, “true feeling chocolate”) given to boyfriends or husbands but also might be giri-choco (義理チョコ, “obligation chocolate”) given to coworkers, bosses, or friends. White Day is the day when men are expected to reciprocate by giving gifts to those women who gave them chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

In the spirit of the holiday here in Japan, I made homemade chocolates for my husband on Valentine’s Day this year. So today, I received White Day gifts from him! He knows exactly how much I love chocolate so he gave me a delicious layered cake in the shape of a heart (which I ate immediately, of course) and a box full of chocolates I cannot wait to try! As soon as I opened the box and smelled the yummy chocolaty goodness, I wanted to immediately try each different kind…but I’m going to at least try to exert some willpower and eat them slowly over the next few days like a reasonable person. I managed to close the box after only eating two pieces (a dark chocolate matcha piece and a white chocolate piece with orange liqueur) so the challenge begins now!