by Anna Jackson
Valentines day is different in many cultures
In japan the traditions are very different compared to Australia.
The women give the valentines to the men. The chcoclate is called "Honmei-choko"
"Giri-choko" is the chocolate given to men such as bosses, colleagues or male friends that women have no romantic interest in, just for friendship or gratitude.
The valentine's day cards are not common and do not get used. Also the phrase "Happy valentine's day" is not widely used.
In recent years Japanese women exchange chocolate gifts with their female friends. These chocolates are called "tomo (friend) choco."
Men aren’t off the hook, however. A month later, on March 14th, is White Day, a day when men give candy and other gifts to women: