Why do women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day in Japan?

It seems pretty strange, doesn’t it? But it is true. In Japan, women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

In fact, there’s even a social obligation for women to give friends, colleagues, and bosses chocolate.

This is called giri-choco and is usually a store-bought box of chocolates.

On the flip-side is honmei-choco, which is for lovers, boyfriends, and husbands. Similar to how a man will give his significant other chocolates in America.

But don’t worry ladies, you’re not left out. There’s another day for you — exactly one month after Valentine’s Day is White Day, where men give women chocolate — and wouldn’t you know it, usually, it’s white chocolate.


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