Valentine’s Day is a holiday that has become celebrated among many cultures across the world. While it is one of the most consumer driven holidays in the United States, many contemporary populations in other countries are assuming the same interest as western populations.
In Japan, for example, the expression of love is still paramount when recognizing the Valentine’s Day holiday. However, unlike western culture, a mistranslation in the celebration of Valentine’s Day resulted in the promotion of the holiday as an expression of love and chocolate gifts for men, from women. As a holiday that is not generally promoted as one in which women receive any gifts of expressions of love, men benefit from the holiday the most in Japanese culture.
In addition to expressions of love through gifts of chocolate, women in Japan are commonly afforded this holiday as a day to express total uninhibited behavior in their expressions of love and sexuality with their male partner. It is on this day that Japanese culture accepts the equal status and liberation of women, a common train of thought that is unpopular in Japan.
Traditional roles among many international cultures are still highly valued. With the introduction of Valentine’s Day, many of these traditional cultures and ideologies have become challenged although not negated.
When considering a creative way in which to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, consider assuming the concept commonly held by Japanese culture. Using the day to recognize a man in your life, offering less inhibition and more chocolate, you can add a new twist to your Valentine’s Day holiday. While many women still expect gifts, candy and flowers on Valentine’s Day, it may be a nice change to expect little or nothing on this date and, instead, to offer an expression of your love to a man who is important in your life. Insisting that no gifts or expressions of love be made towards you, a celebration of the Japanese-adopted holiday can be a fun and interesting way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.
While there are many variations and creative twists to the Valentine’s Day holiday, men and women often find the holiday to be somewhat stressful. Making a conscious decision with your significant other, to celebrate the holiday in a Japanese style, will offer a less stressful holiday event. To be successful, however, it will be important to discuss your plans so as to ensure there are no gifts or expressions of love from the man in your life.