Happy White Day!
In Japan, White Day is a holiday celebrated on March 14th and is a day of “giving back”. Women will usually receive gifts from the men who they gave gifts to on Valentine’s Day, and the gifts are usually of equal value or more. However, I learned today that some students will “give back” to teachers just for helping them in one way or another throughout the year. Today, I received gifts from two students: one who I gave a High School Musical 3 poster/postcard book to a few days ago, and one from a girl who I coached for an English Speech Contest back in October. Last year, White Day was a quiet day because it was just a few days after the Great Tohoku Earthquake, but this year, things seemed back to normal, and the girls were very excited to receive gifts today from their teachers, friends, and boyfriends. :)
In the photo above is everything I received for White Day this year! On the left, are the gifts I received from my husband: a box of assorted Aunt Stella‘s cookies, a box of Pâtisserie FRANDORE Belgian Truffles, and handmade white chocolates in the shape of Rilakkuma’s face! :) On the right, a variety of gifts I received from teachers (who I gave pound cake to on Valentine’s Day) and students: a box of Chez MICKAEL. シェ・ミカエル ホワイトボールクッキー (white ball cookies), a box of Les Gâteaux Attachants Macarons, a container with handmade churros (チュロス), a bag of Karin Blume “lengua sand cookies” (not sure of the English word for these cookies – in the Philippines, we call them “lengua de gato” (cat’s tongue) but they are basically like sugar cookies?), and a bag of two homemade madeleine cookies. <3
I was very touched by the note I received from the first student. She asked me the other day if I knew about High School Musical, and she told me that she loved Zac Efron. I actually had brought a couple of poster/postcard books from the States but hadn’t found any student in particular to give them to, so when she told me this, I knew that she would appreciate the small gift. Actually, she was quite overjoyed – more than I realized – because she made the effort to write me a very sweet thank you note in English, which I’m sure took her a very long time to do. She’s the one who gave me the homemade churros, which I can’t wait to eat tonight. They look delicious!