Marshmallows for White Day in Japan

Mar 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Japan White Day Marshmallow White Day is a holiday that originated  in Japan and is the country’s answer to Valentine’s Day.  Women in Japan are the only ones giving the gifts on Valentine’s day but on White Day, celebrated each March 14th, the men reciprocate.

So what’s a guy to give his honmei (true sweetheart) on White Day?  Traditionally it was a marshmallow confection, a decidedly unromantic and sticky gift, but today other sweets along with flowers, lingerie and jewelry are popular gifts on White Day in Japan. 

The first White Day happened in 1965 when the third owner of Ishimura Manseido, a confectioner in Fukuoka, came up with the idea of men reciprocating for Valentine’s Day gifts received a month earlier.  Originally the day was called Marshmallow Day but was later changed to White Day (the color of marshmallow) when other confectioners caught on and white chocolate also became a popular gift. 

The holiday may have had its start in Fukuoka, but today retailers across Japan fill their stores with with White Day displays so that the holiday is perpetuated and you can find the perfect gift for your honmei.

If you are in Fukuoka, stop by and visit the  Ishimura Manseido shop and don’t forget to pick up some marshmallows for your sweetheart! 

Image Credit:  Flickr, green tea and azuki bean paste marshmallows

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  1. Buying lingerie for your sweetie may be a good idea - but it’s kind of a selfish thing to do for White Day! Ha ha. Go with something that’s all about her. Know what I mean?

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