|March 2012 ~ My First White Day Gifts from Kareshi|
Despite this hell of a week I'm having (juggling 3 overseas shipping for VIP Clients, 4 client deadlines and two Graduation Ball Gown all this week @_@) I wouldn't want to miss writing today. Today is WHITE DAY ホワイトデー Howaito Dē (March 14) ! A trivial and commercial holiday counterpart of Valentine's Day in Japan... In my own definition, it's payback time! Haha! Since Kanojo's gets to get a payback for Valentine's Day. Hehe.
|Google screen-grab short definition of White Day|
I'm not really an expert of these commercial trivial Japanese Holidays, but as far as I know, today was called "White Day" because a Fukuoka-based confectionery company, Ishimura Manseido originally suggested and coined this idea to give back Marshmallows to Kanojo's... Originally, it was called "Marshmallow Day" but eventually evolved to "White Day". Nonetheless, it's not limited to giving out Marshmallows mochiron... Hehe. But it's just a commercial excuse to get something special from Kareshi. hehe~ it's fun to play along anyways, it wouldn't hurt to join in the fun!
|Marshmallow confections from Ishimura Manseido who coined the Marshmallow Day Gimmick in the 1970's|
So much about my Cliff-notes explanation of White Day... I just want to look back and share my first White Day experience last year with my Kareshi... First part of 2012 for me and Kareshi was really rocky... I look back at my sad musings over life during this time and I'm just relieved that we got through it... Relationship is a constant learning experience and cross cultural relationship may be challenging at times... I didn't know anything about this Valentine's Day vis-a-vis White Day idea and Kareshi didn't know how sentimental Filipino's can be... Well, may be generally guys don't think about those things... But the best part is we learned more about each other.
|March 2012 ~ UP Sunken Garden Taka came to visit Manila a little later White Day celebration|
Taka came for a short visit to Manila for the month of March to have a time to catch-up... It was a super short weekend trip... But it's still a nice time to add in our memories together. He made White Day very special indeed!
Japanese guys don't really write letters... I may sound sweeping generalization but I think any Japanese guy could attest to that... So every time Kareshi takes time writing any letters for me, I truly treasure them... I'm in love with Kareshi's hand-writing. Haha! Sometimes it's so messy I'm not sure if he's writing in Kanji/Hiragana or it's just a blurry Romaji. Hehe. I love how he makes an effort to pick a stationery that I'll love... Like this one! Haha!
|March 2012 ~ Kareshi's White Day Letter to Moi ❤|
I don't wanna seem to over share but may be just this one... I just love how sincere Taka writes me letters... He always tells me about "My smile" which I don't really know why it's so magical (LOL) haha! But it's such a sweet thought "I wish I could make you smile more, so I can smile more..." ❤
It was so lovely that Taka took an effort getting me small trinkets of gifts that I would definitely like... Seeing that Hello Kitty cup and plushie keychain brighten me up definitely! Haha! Greentea KitKat was definitely a nice touch. I'm a sweet-tooth, he won't go wrong with that! Haha!
|My favorite White Day gift from Kareshi... My very own copy of Hope for the Flowers ❤|
But what I loved the most is the Hope for the Flowers book. It's one f my lifetime favorite book and as much as I love it so much... I always ended up giving out my copy... As simple as it may seem, this book brings so much hope and love in such a beautiful allegory of life... And Kareshi, gave me my own copy to keep for life... More than the book, it felt deeper. ❤
This year, Kareshi was having a hard time getting me a White Day gift since I got him a lot of nice fun gifts for Valentine's Day... He requested I make a blog of wishlist he can try to find... so if I can squeeze in sometime later at wee hours in the morning... May be I'll try to write a White Day wishlist for him! Haha!
It's been fun, despite the distance and the busy schedules... It's nice to think of giving gifts and making surprises for each other... but more so... receiving gifts LOL... I wonder what to put in my never-ending list! Haha! Laterz! (I hope!)
Happy White Day, Girls!