Valentine’s Day

“Obligation Chocolate”: Japan’s Problematic Valentine’s Tradition

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many are stressing over what gift to get their significant other to suitably show their love and affection. Those stress levels are going to be a lot higher, however, for the women of Japan.

Valentine Edition Part Two: Love Poems in Ancient Japan

In Part one, I introduced The Tale of Genji which is one of the famous classic novels written in eleventh century. But in earlier age, writing poem was already popular and many of the poems remain. At that time, many anthologies of poems were published, and it was popular to critique and choose good poets. […]