Asia | Japan | Shikoku – White Day and 91 year-old travel agents
In Japan, Valentines Day is something different to what we’re used to back home.
The girls give chocolates to the boys. No cards (not usually), soft toys or kinky underwear, or gifts back from the lads either.
That is, until White Day comes around exactly one month later.
Lst Friday I was overjoyed to recieve 5 sets of sweets, in fact 2 of them were over-wrapped boxes of flavourless biscuits, but the guys who knew me best bought good old-fashioned choccies.
Sitting in the staffroom of my Elementary School last Friday, I was rather bewildered when an old fellow walked in and the teachers and Principal started bowing like crazy. Some cursory Japanese pleasantries were exchanged, and then the old man left.
I found out after he had gone that he is a 91 year old travel agent, and he had come by the school to drop off some tickets. His age and his dedication to work procured bows from blase teachers who usually give less than a nod to their bosses, and barely acknowledge me. (I’m bottom rung of the ladder here)