Valentine’s Day

Japan’s most sensitive bikers busted for Valentine’s Day rowdiness

Gather around and listen to the tale of Discreet Relationship; the most gosh darn precious biker gang Japan has ever seen.

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Fans of hit sports manga bury creator’s office with Valentine’s chocolate for its characters

The comic’s handsome men might not have such slender, athletic builds if they actually ate all those sweets.

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Han Solo and other Valentine’s Day chocolates we weren’t lucky enough to get

If you were lucky yesterday, you got some chocolate. If you were really lucky, you got some of this chocolate!

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How to get Valentine’s Day chocolate in Tokyo even if you don’t have a girlfriend

Step one: Grab a cardboard box. Step two: Head to the world’s busiest intersection.

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Japanese department store invites couples to mine a solid chocolate mountain this Valentine’s Day

What better way to tell them to “be mine” than by taking them to a “chocolate mine?”

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This Valentine’s Day tell your man how you truly feel — tell him with chocolate-covered KFC

Looking for a way to revolutionize the stale traditions of Japanese Valentine’s Day, Mr. Sato believes he has found the ultimate gift.

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Chocolate takoyaki?? We try the limited-edition sweet that looks just like fried octopus balls

Takoyaki, Japan’s ever-popular street food gets a sweet gourmet makeover in time for Valentine’s Day.

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All aboard Tokyo’s Love Train!

Commuter train with special heart-motif straps and box seats starts service in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Express your love this Valentine’s season…with udon noodles topped with a humongous heart!

Your significant other not big on sweets? Then these udon noodles filled with a lot of “heart” may be the perfect treat this Valentine’s Day!

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“Poison Apple” from sacred mountain in Japan is said to grant your wishes this Valentine’s Day

Snow White and the Wicked Queen cosplay is now complete with this specially grown black “poison apple”.

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Premium green tea from Kyoto meets fine chocolate — and it’s a match made in sweets heaven!

What happens when renowned Kyoto tea makers are inspired by fine French chocolates? You get stunning and mouth-watering sweets like these!

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7-Eleven Japan’s chocolate hearts turn into pooping butts with just a quick trip to the microwave

It’s amazing how one gooey brown liquid can be so mouth-watering, and another not at all.

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Shabani the gorilla is so handsome he’ll be appearing on sweets in Japan this Valentine’s Day

From chocolates to primate “poop”, fans of Shabani the handsome gorilla have a lot to look forward to this Valentine’s Day.

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Say “I love you” with exclusive Sailor Moon gifts this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, the only relationship you’ll want to be in is one with Sailor Moon.

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All tied up: Are these naughty bows the perfect “gift” for Valentine’s Day?【NSFW】

Carry on the Christmas spirit of gift-giving and start planning for Valentine’s Day early with this naughty outfit.

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Evangelion Valentine’s Day chocolates already teased for next year

With retail outlets pushing seasonal holiday merchandise earlier and earlier every year, it’s perhaps not too surprising that there are already signs of next year’s goodies.

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7 Japanese customs that even Japanese people wish would just disappear

Japan has a lot of unique customs, and not all of them make sense to newcomers. Eating fried chicken on Christmas Eve, anyone? How about the weird ritual of girls giving chocolate to guys on Valentine’s Day (do guys really like chocolate more than we girls do?).

But it turns out that there are plenty of customs that even Japanese people think are a waste of time. Here’s the top seven worst offenders, and why they are so annoying…

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Tokyo Chocolate Round-up: 2015 Valentine’s Day! 【Photos】

If you love sweets — chocolate in particular — Japan in the weeks before Valentine’s Day is definitely a great place to be. Ever since chocolate makers in Japan managed to make it a widespread tradition for women to give chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day, it’s become an annual event to see chocolates being sold at shops everywhere starting in late January, with numerous special promotions and appearances by “celebrity chocolatiers”  to heighten the excitement leading up to the big V-day.

Yes, for chocolate lovers, it’s a blissful time of year — there’s nothing quite like stepping into a department store and seeing a huge space filled with chocolates of all shapes and sizes while being surrounded by the rich, earthy scent of cacao. But now that Valentine’s Day is over, we may be developing a case of the post-Valentine’s blues, so to console ourselves, we’ve put together a collection of photos showcasing some of the most memorable chocolate items we saw this Valentine’s season in Japan.

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Reverse Valentine’s Day comes to Japanese high schools as girls finally get presents from guys

Japan likes to celebrate Valentine’s Day by women taking the first step and giving a gift of chocolate to the men in their life (whether they see them in a romantic or platonic light), and for the guys to reciprocate a month later on March 14, or White Day, as it’s known here. Over the last couple of years, though, some florists have been putting up signs dropping hints that in the west, it’s customary for men to take the initiative in giving presents on Valentine’s Day.

The idea still doesn’t seem to have really caught on, though, and when I stopped by the flower shop to pick up some roses for my wife this year, I didn’t see a crowd of other men doing the same. But it looks like guys may be slowly warming up to the idea of doing something sweet in February, as this year a number of high school girls got a pleasant, and present, surprise by receiving chocolate from their male classmates in something they’re calling “Reverse Valentine’s Day.”

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A manly affair: celebrating Valentine’s Day at a Japanese all-boys school

In a country where girls traditionally give chocolate to boys on Valentine’s Day and the boys returning the favor exactly one month later on White Day, February 14 in Japan has got to be a pretty lonely day for the young men who attend all-boys schools.

But it turns out that those boys may not suffer through such a bleak holiday after all. Take a look at these pictures and see how some students at Japanese boys’ schools celebrated Valentine’s Day this year, minus the girls!

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