It was my first valentine’s day in the United States. Valentine is day which couples are supposed to express their love for each other by sending card, flowers, and sweets. I sent chocolates and card to my boyfriend on 14 February. He will receive my gift one week later. I noticed that there are differences of valentine’s between Japan and the Untied States. The history of valentine was person’s honorary. I did not know that valentine was a person. In Rome, king was fighting other countries and wanted men to be solders. However, men did not want to go wars. King had terrible solution men to go wars which prohibited married because he thought the reason of men wan did not want to go wars was staying with his family at home. It was awful solution, so people got married secretly. The main character of secret marriage was valentine. He helped people’s marriage. He was arrested and was killed on 14 February. I thought there are no related with chocolate and the history. The reason of giving chocolate was strategy of business. America did not have holiday after Christmas to Easter which is at some point between late March and late April each year. Business Company tried to make money, so they made holiday between December and March.
One thing of the differences of valentine between Japan and the United States is giver and receiver. In the United States, men give chocolate and treat dinner. In Gainesville, most restraints were full and crowded. The average of cost which men used was more than 100 dollars on valentine day. Children exchanged card with small candy or chocolate regardless gender. On the other hand, In Japan, valentine is a day which woman can confess man her feelings. There are two types of chocolate; true chocolate which give to lover and obligation chocolate which give friends and colleague. Men prefer hand making chocolate from their girlfriends. They compete with their friends how many chocolate could get.
Another thing is having another celebrate day which is white day. America has not white day because both sex celebrate on valentine day. White day is one month later on March 14 of valentine day and men who get chocolates are supposed to return present such as candy, white chocolate, and flower. A Marshmallow manufacturing company introduced the white day in the 1960s. As for couple, woman expect more expensive return gift than gift she gave. Moreover, one interesting thing with Korean is that they have Black day for people who neither give nor receive gift. The poor friends gather same home and eat black noodle. This is not official holiday, but I think Japan should import the culture. It is going to be fun in Japan.
Last one is wrapping in Japan and in the United States. Americans give gift directly. However, Japanese prefer wrapping gift because we have culture of wrapping. When I walked mall in Japan near valentine day, I will see wrapping space as well as hand making chocolates space. Japanese believe that wrapping is polite attitude and feel rude to receive the gist no wrapping. I think it’s time of economic, so Japanese should use paper carefully.