Happy Singles Awareness Day!

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So let me set the scene for you, JTE taps me on the shoulder as I’m sitting at my desk today.

JTE: Daniel do you know the word sa-bi-shii???
Tako: (Reluctantly) ……yes
{hands me a cookie}
JTE: I make cookie for my son because I think he looks like you. No girl give him present.
Tako: errrrrrr thankyou.
JTE: Please next year get girlfriend or I make you more cookie, 頑張って!

(−_−;)FML

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Valentines day is not a pleasant holiday for singles anywhere in the world, but its particularity enduring with the Japanese brand of the holiday.

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To those uninitiated, in Japan it is only the women who give the gifts on this day however which fall into one of three categories:
Giri choco 義理チョコ (lit. obligatory chocolate).
Honmei choco 本命チョコ (chocolate given to a man out of genuine sentiment).
Tomo choco 友チョコ (chocolate given to a woman’s female friends).

Oh but don’t start thinking this is all a sexist one sides affair, oh no!
In the 80s department stores ‘created’ a new holiday one month after V day which they named ‘White Day’. The purpose of which was to give men who received gifts on Valentines the opportunity to reciprocate the sentiment(Read: sell more chocolate), which they must do at 3 times the amount they received!

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