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My students to me 'In Japan, we have this day called Ba-len-tines. Where
women give chocolate to men on the ...' I prompt '..14th?' they look
surprised, 'yes! The 14th! It's a Japanese holiday.' the class of four
nod in agreement. 'Uhhhhmmmm....' I say, 'Yeah, we have that day too.
Valentine's day. But it's not strictly women giving to men. It can be
men giving to women or women giving to women etc.'
'Oh, we have a
day for men to give chocolate to women, called "White Day". That was
from Korea. Valentine's day began being commercialised thirty years ago.
I think it started 30 years ago.' <- 7="" a="" br="" if="" instructor.="" level="" nova="" one="" re="" student="" that="" was="" you=""> 'Oh yeah. Well, Valentine's day is
older than 30 years. It started in Europe and probably in the middle
ages. But yes, it's been highly commercialised'.
My co worker and I
received chocolates and doughnuts today. My students decided with
conviction to buy their husbands chocolate after all. One student baked
her father a cake for today. And I learned that it's customary to give
your boss something if he's a bloke =/
it's kind of expected, oh dear. Today, in my kid classes, in each
student's book, I stamped two Totoros, and drew a love heart starting
from between them with 'Happy Valentine's Day' written inside and drew
little heart balloons for the totoros to hold. Most lit up and went
'あれー！かわいいいい A-leh! Kawaiiiii!' a few pretended to gag at the hearts and
cheesiness xD hehehe crack up.->
Happy Valentine's Day :3