Valentine’s Day バレンタイン

10 Feb

I’m not sure what children do to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Japan (if anyone knows, please enlighten us). I’m pretty sure they don’t exchange valentines cards or treats at school like we do in the U.S. Adults celebrate the holiday a little differently as well:

“The custom that only women give chocolates to men appears to have originated from the typo of a chocolate-company executive during the initial campaigns. In particular, office ladies give chocolate to their co-workers. Unlike western countries, gifts such as greeting cards, candies, flowers, or dinner dates are uncommon, and most of the activity about the gifts is about giving the right amount of chocolate to each person.”

I’ve rounded up some projects to work on with your kids for Valentine’s Day. The easiest (and my favorite of the bunch) is this origami heart (from

my construction paper origami heart

Don’t you think it would be a unique valentine to pass out to the kids at school? It would be cute to attach a Hi-Chew (Japanese candy) and write, “I Chews You.” 🙂

Other (more advanced) crafts:

Make Valentine’s cards and boxes at NIFTY.

More cards, boxes, etc here, here, and here.


Read more about Valentine’s Day in Japan here, and ways to say “I love you” in Japanese here, at

The way I tell my children “I love you” in Japanese:


5 Responses to “Valentine’s Day バレンタイン”

  1. Soybeanlover February 11, 2011 at 1:24 PM #

    I’m pretty sure school children do nothing here. Christmas in Japan is the holiday for lovers with diner, dates and gifts.

    A lot of women make their own chocolate, so the best a kid can hope for is to help in the making, and to be able to snag a bit of the finished product. In our home we make chocolate covered pretzels to give to daddy

    It’s definitely not a kids holiday, but Hina matsuri, and kids day more than make up for it.

    • Hiragana Mama February 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM #

      Thank you for your expert answer 🙂 I am sooo excited for Hina Matsuri and Kid’s Day!

  2. Yukiko February 14, 2011 at 1:18 AM #

    Oh, that valentine is a good idea! Hi-Chews are way better than those conversation hearts.


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