Letter from Tokyo

Valentine's Day in Japan: Is love in the air?

Women do the giving and men, the receiving, reciprocating only a month later. The occasion has evolved into a day to show gratitude.

Valentine’s Day is big business in Japan – accounting for at least 20 per cent of annual chocolate sales.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

It is the stuff of fairy-tale romance fantasies, a trope of lovey-dovey scenes in Japanese high school dramas and anime. A girl, having lost sleep for days, plucks up her courage and shyly hands over a box of chocolates to her love interest - on Valentine's Day.

Today, the most romantic day of the year in many countries, is, however, celebrated quite differently in Japan.

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