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The Difference Between “Boyfriend” And “Friend” In Japan Comes Down To Chocolate

Nothing says love like homemade chocolates! Any loyal anime fan can tell you that on Valentine’s Day in Japan, men receive “Honmei-choko” (that’s “homemade chocolates”) as an expression of love from the women in their life.

The Difference Between “Boyfriend” And “Friend” In Japan Comes Down To Chocolate

You don’t need us to tell you that men who receive homemade chocolates are culturally considered very lucky. Additionally, women in Japan give obligation chocolates to close friends and acquaintances. These chocolates are considered less unique and are usually store bought.

A month later, on March 14th, the Japanese celebrate a holiday called “White Day” where men give the women in their lives chocolates and gifts. Giving a gift to a woman that gave you Honmei-choko should be about two to three times more expensive than whatever they got you.