Today, I woke up with several messages waiting in my Kakao Talk. I read three messages from a close friend:
Then I remembered. Aha! Today is White Day! Girls Day!
I learned about White Day in my Nihongo class in university. Our sensei educated us not only with the language, but also with the culture of the country. According to her, during February 14, Valentine’s Day, Japanese girls show their affection to boys by presenting them with candies and chocolate gifts. Exactly a month after, March 14, White Day (ホワイトデ), the opposite happens. Japanese boys are supposed to return the favor by giving girls presents thrice the amount (三倍返し) of the gift received on Valentine’s Day.
White Day is celebrated in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. It started in 1978 by a Japanese confectionary industry as an “answer day” to those girls who showed their feelings during Valentine’s. Now, isn’t that thoughtful? This way, men can reciprocate the gesture.
Here are some photos I grabbed in the Internet for you guys:
Now, who wouldn’t want to be like this girl?
How about in your country? Do you also have a counterpart for Valentine’s Day? If you are living in Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan, did your significant other gave you the “required” White Day candy? Please feel free to share to us your experience!
Happy White Day everyone~
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