Thursday, February 14, 2008

Some Japanese Sweetness

I'm all sugared out! I was given so many handmade chocolates, cookies, cakes and sweets today from students for Valentine's Day.

Rather than being the day of romance as it's promoted in other countries, in Japan, on February 14th, Japanese women (not men) give chocolate and handmade sweets to the men in their lives, be they family members, teachers, workmates or supervisors. While quite obviously not a man, as a teacher I recieved many little presents from my some of my students.

The men recipricate on "White Day", which is held on March 14th. The Japanese twist on Valentine's Day is clearly a commercial one, but hey, I'm not complaining, I love chocolate and was pleasantly surprised at how much I was given today!

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? If so, what did you do? Did you give or get any lovely surprises? Hubby and I don't make a big deal of it. We really only use it as an excuse to give each other chocolate and go out on a date. Mind you, we do that quite often anyway. Tonight, my boy had to work so we're going to the "big city" for dinner and a spot of shopping (I believe he's getting part of my birthday present - apparently the other part arrived from Amazon the other day.....) tomorrow night instead.

With so much sugar running through my veins, I thought I'd share some more Japanese sweetness with you, these adorable Otoshidama envelopes.

Otoshidama is money that is given as a gift to children in the New Year. Money in Japan is always given in an envelope and so around New Year's super cute designs are released. I grabbed a bunch of them and have finally got around to putting some up in the store. Every year, I try to get some of them for my cousin to use as packaging when selling jewellery at the markets. I have also planned on using some myself on cards, but haven't gotten around to that yet.

Well, my sugar bubble has now burst, time to brush my teeth and go to bed! Happy Chocolate, oops, I mean Valentine's Day!


Jenny said...

Hmmm! I don't think you can ever have too much sugary goodness really! Glad you got spoiled. As for Valentines Day my partner had a lifesaving meeting until 10:30 and I had school the next day so we are having a home cooked meal(prawns and noodles by him) and a couple of drinks at home tonight-nice and relaxing after a busy week!!Love the envelopes:)

Amy Kerr-Menz said...

Thanks so much for your good wishes on my last post! It worked...I was placed 2nd!! *yay!!* :)

Your shopping spree looked like it was wonderful!! 5 floors of beautiful Japanese fabric can't go wrong!! I absolutely LOVE the spider lily fabrics...both the red and the black. Is the shop close to you? I would be very interested in purchasing some of that down the track (in just a little while).

The snowscape photo of your neighbour's yard is just gorgeous!! I miss the snow in Japan...

As far as Valentine's day goes I've never really celebrated it much in the past...just little tokens of affection (usually a heart shaped chocolate on my pillow from Mum). I had a lovely VDay this year...I was a lucky girl indeed. My boyfriend arrived at my door about 30mins after I got home from work with a bunch of oriental lilies and a box of yummy choccies. We cooked dinner together (a first!) and spent a night in watching movies. Very sweet. Glad to hear you were spoiled as well :) x.


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