Monday, February 13, 2006

American Men: Move to Japan

For weeks now, there has been a section in every grocery, department, or corner store dedicated to the holiday which is dreaded most by every boyfriend, husband, or secret admirer in the Western world.

That holiday is, of course, St. Valentine's Day, and that holiday is TODAY.

Say what you want about Japanese culture. It might seem illogical and incomprensible. It might seem a century behind and shrouded in mystery. But I tell you what, they got it right when it comes to St. Valentine's Day.

In Japan, WOMEN are responsible for giving gifts to MEN on this most loveliest of all holidays. That's right, you heard me correctly. If you are a guy and you have a girlfriend, wife, lover, love interest, friend with benefits, or whatever, YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET THEM ANYTHING FOR VALENTINE'S DAY.

Is that a stampede of Western shoes I hear?

You're not completely off the hook though. One month from today, on March 14th, is White Day (or is Ides of March Eve?) On White Day, the man that received chocolate from a lady friend on Valentine's Day must return the favor by giving her white chocolate (or white lingerie).

I prefer the Japanese system.

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