Types of Chocolates You Want to Know for Valentine’s Day in Japan

“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.” ‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! Are you excited? Do you already have a special gift picked for your loved ones? After living in U.S. for a while, I noticed that the way people celebrate Valentine’s Day here is totally different from the way I experienced in Japan. Some of you might already know how the Japanese celebrate Valentine’s Day each year, but I thought I would introduce you to some cultural aspect of the way Japanese celebrate in Japan today.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th in Japan as well. There are many different stories how the Valentine’s Day was first celebrated in Japan, but most of the stories will basically start with a company starting to sell chocolates by promoting them as gifts for women to give men on Valentine’s Day. Historically, there was only one kind of chocolate that women would buy or prepare as a Valentine’s gift just for someone she really loved. It could be a boyfriend or husband, but also a someone to whom she wants to express her love.

Valentine’s Day event is also popular among school children. Popular school-age boys come home with many chocolates on Valentine’s Day in Japan.

Here are the different type of chocolates that we address on the Valentine’s Day in Japan. I have to tell you, the list is growing every year. I am sure the list will keep growing as people come up with all types of ways to give chocolates on Valentine’s Day each year.

Honmei Choco (本命 チョコ、ほんめい ちょこ) – true love chocolate

This is a traditional chocolate given from women to men on Valentine’s Day in Japan.

Giri Choco (義理 チョコ、 ぎり ちょこ) – fake love chocolate

Giri chocolates are casually given …continue reading