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(Japan Today)   Japanese men responsible for surge in purchases of Valentine's Day insurance in which they are guaranteed to receive chocolate on February 14 with "personal message from self-professed beautiful lady, Rieko"   (japantoday.com) divider line 37
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2013-02-08 09:43:20 AM
I'm sorry, but this seems like the kind of thing Jan Brady would do.
 
2013-02-08 09:51:03 AM
Does it come with free anime pillow?
 
2013-02-08 09:51:19 AM
Goddammit Japan.
 
2013-02-08 09:51:43 AM
Wait, wouldn't this just be obligated chocolates instead love chocolates?  Why bother then?

Or will Rieko act Tsundere when giving you the chocolate?
 
2013-02-08 09:52:38 AM
This needed the "Sad" tag.
 
2013-02-08 09:55:36 AM

MacWizard: This needed the "Sad" tag.


I'd go with a "Shame" tag.
 
2013-02-08 09:58:21 AM

bighairyguy: MacWizard: This needed the "Sad" tag.

I'd go with a "Shame" tag.


Or a "Pathos" tag.
 
2013-02-08 09:58:53 AM

FullMetalPanda: Wait, wouldn't this just be obligated chocolates instead love chocolates?  Why bother then?

Or will Rieko act Tsundere when giving you the chocolate?


The problem is that they aren't even getting obligatory chocolates, those are reserved for office girls to give to their bosses.  These guys aren't someone's boss, they are at the bottom of the totem pole, and don't have a wife or gf, so they get squat.

On the bright side, they won't have to buy anything on White Day a month later.
 
2013-02-08 10:00:29 AM
Wonder how many will send chocolate back on White Day. Look forward to the follow up in 5 weeks.
 
2013-02-08 10:01:17 AM

derio42: FullMetalPanda: Wait, wouldn't this just be obligated chocolates instead love chocolates?  Why bother then?

Or will Rieko act Tsundere when giving you the chocolate?

The problem is that they aren't even getting obligatory chocolates, those are reserved for office girls to give to their bosses.  These guys aren't someone's boss, they are at the bottom of the totem pole, and don't have a wife or gf, so they get squat.

On the bright side, they won't have to buy anything on White Day a month later.


*shakes fist*
 
2013-02-08 10:01:54 AM
ts4.mm.bing.net
chocolate bathing finger licking good
 
2013-02-08 10:03:08 AM

derio42: FullMetalPanda: Wait, wouldn't this just be obligated chocolates instead love chocolates?  Why bother then?

Or will Rieko act Tsundere when giving you the chocolate?

The problem is that they aren't even getting obligatory chocolates, those are reserved for office girls to give to their bosses.  These guys aren't someone's boss, they are at the bottom of the totem pole, and don't have a wife

waifu or gf pillow, so they get squat.

On the bright side, they won't have to buy anything on White Day a month later.


corrected
 
2013-02-08 10:06:55 AM
Japan: Weird in ways you can't even imagine
 
2013-02-08 10:10:56 AM
[So_ronery.jpg]

/obligatory
 
2013-02-08 10:12:01 AM

ZeroCorpse: I'm sorry, but this seems like the kind of thing Jan Brady would do.


You have to admit, she is a very lovely girl. She has hair of gold, like her mother, you know.
 
2013-02-08 10:12:06 AM
Meh, China has it beat:

Japan: The [V-day] insurance policyholder will receive a package on Feb 14 containing chocolates and a personal message from self-professed beautiful lady, Rieko.
China:  For as little as $50 (£32) a day, dozens of classified adverts promise to provide a male companion for the holidays, pretending to be a single woman's plus-one.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21192131
 
2013-02-08 10:13:45 AM

ElFugawz: Meh, China has it beat:

Japan: The [V-day] insurance policyholder will receive a package on Feb 14 containing chocolates and a personal message from self-professed beautiful lady, Rieko.
China:  For as little as $50 (£32) a day, dozens of classified adverts promise to provide a male companion for the holidays, pretending to be a single woman's plus-one.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21192131


I don't get it, is the cross dresser/tranny the only option?  They don't have  deluxe package where it's a 99 year old woman?
 
2013-02-08 10:19:29 AM
Obligatory here...
img4.joyreactor.com
 
2013-02-08 10:32:30 AM
reiko:
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-08 10:41:11 AM
When I worked in Japan and learned all about White Day as the male answer to female generosity on Valentine's Day, I thought they had it backwards. After all, aren't men stereotypically deemed more forgetful about such things than women? Society expects men to keep track of all the chocolate they receive and remember who gave it to them  for a whole month? If anything, I'd have done it like the Chinese, with men giving chocolates first, on Valentine's Day.

Then, I was told of sanbai gaeshi ("triple the return"), meaning anything men gave to women in return on White Day was usually worth triple the value of what they had initially received. It all became crystal clear. When a Japanese woman gives you chocolate on Valentine's Day, she's not being kind, she's making an investment.

/kiddin'
//sorta
 
2013-02-08 10:41:34 AM
Between this thread and wikipedia, I've learned that Japan took our dumb "holiday" invented by greeting card companies a century ago and made it a totally unromantic obligation for women to give crappy candy to all their male co-workers and bosses (just as elementary school students in our land are obligated to give Valentines to everyone in the class, even Ralph). Unless they are in "love" in which case they have to prove it by making candy by hand, presumably with a level of obsessive craft that would make Martha Stewart weep. Then an enterprising Japanese candy company saw the giant opportunity in their nation's paternalistic, one-sided interpretation of Valentines Day and invented ANOTHER holiday a month later on which men have to give a return gift that is worth three times more. I'll bet that the week before White Day there are a lot of guys with their buddies sitting around in panic sweat trying to figure out how much their girlfriends' gifts are worth and doing the math.

In some ways, it's amusing that it went from "Awww, yeah, gettin' free candy like a boss" to something three times worse than what North American men have to put up with. But all holidays invented by companies to sell crap should be condemned internationally. Fight the candyman power!
 
2013-02-08 10:45:42 AM
Also, I guess you have to be a supreme basement-dwelling loser to need this Valentine's Day insurance since it seems like they should at least get cheap candy from someone of the female persuasion at work.
 
2013-02-08 10:48:16 AM
it just hit me...this will be the first year that I don't have to sit around all day and listen to women crow about their prowess in selecting a mate that has the largest bundle of flora delivered.

/unemployed and unloved
 
2013-02-08 10:53:01 AM

ruta: Between this thread and wikipedia, I've learned that Japan took our dumb "holiday" invented by greeting card companies a century ago and made it a totally unromantic obligation for women to give crappy candy to all their male co-workers and bosses (just as elementary school students in our land are obligated to give Valentines to everyone in the class, even Ralph). Unless they are in "love" in which case they have to prove it by making candy by hand, presumably with a level of obsessive craft that would make Martha Stewart weep. Then an enterprising Japanese candy company saw the giant opportunity in their nation's paternalistic, one-sided interpretation of Valentines Day and invented ANOTHER holiday a month later on which men have to give a return gift that is worth three times more. I'll bet that the week before White Day there are a lot of guys with their buddies sitting around in panic sweat trying to figure out how much their girlfriends' gifts are worth and doing the math.

In some ways, it's amusing that it went from "Awww, yeah, gettin' free candy like a boss" to something three times worse than what North American men have to put up with. But all holidays invented by companies to sell crap should be condemned internationally. Fight the candyman power!


Wait until they get their hands on 'Love Day' and 'Christmas 2'
 
2013-02-08 11:03:36 AM

rogue_L_chick: it just hit me...this will be the first year that I don't have to sit around all day and listen to women crow about their prowess in selecting a mate that has the largest bundle of flora delivered.

/unemployed and unloved


Use your unemployment to buy chocolate, a new vibrator, and new pillows to muffle your weeping.
 
2013-02-08 11:05:33 AM
Not sure how much the insurance costs in US dollars, but wouldn't someone rather just take the money and treat themselves to something a little more fun? Be a man and have a whiskey or a few beers by yourself instead!
 
2013-02-08 11:09:00 AM

valar_morghulis: rogue_L_chick: it just hit me...this will be the first year that I don't have to sit around all day and listen to women crow about their prowess in selecting a mate that has the largest bundle of flora delivered.

/unemployed and unloved

Use your unemployment to buy chocolate, a new vibrator, and new pillows to muffle your weeping.


I read that as chocolate vibrator...  melts in your cooch, not in your hands.
 
2013-02-08 11:12:59 AM

FullMetalPanda: valar_morghulis: rogue_L_chick: it just hit me...this will be the first year that I don't have to sit around all day and listen to women crow about their prowess in selecting a mate that has the largest bundle of flora delivered.

/unemployed and unloved

Use your unemployment to buy chocolate, a new vibrator, and new pillows to muffle your weeping.

I read that as chocolate vibrator...  melts in your cooch, not in your hands.


*slips away from thread with patent notes*
 
2013-02-08 11:21:13 AM
I wonder if there'll be a female equivalent to this next month when White Day comes up.
 
2013-02-08 11:32:18 AM

valar_morghulis: rogue_L_chick: it just hit me...this will be the first year that I don't have to sit around all day and listen to women crow about their prowess in selecting a mate that has the largest bundle of flora delivered.

/unemployed and unloved

Use your unemployment to buy chocolate, a new vibrator, and new pillows to muffle your weeping.


I had planned on some weed and a box of PB Cap'n Crunch...but yeah, same thing.
 
2013-02-08 11:33:53 AM

FatherChaos: I wonder if there'll be a female equivalent to this next month when White Day comes up.


I think that's only a problem if you're a Christmas Cake.
 
2013-02-08 11:43:37 AM

rogue_L_chick: valar_morghulis: rogue_L_chick: it just hit me...this will be the first year that I don't have to sit around all day and listen to women crow about their prowess in selecting a mate that has the largest bundle of flora delivered.

/unemployed and unloved

Use your unemployment to buy chocolate, a new vibrator, and new pillows to muffle your weeping.

I had planned on some weed and a box of PB Cap'n Crunch...but yeah, same thing.


I feel you. I tend to binge on dessert cereals when I go through rough breakups.

/Reese's FTW
 
2013-02-08 11:56:03 AM
jedko.files.wordpress.com

/obscure?
 
2013-02-08 12:18:17 PM
the odd thing is they're not that crazy about chocolate, not like in the U.S.

/plus, given their mutual history, Japanese guys are probably afraid if that chocolate comes from China...
//a lot of chocolate comes from China these days
 
2013-02-08 02:53:17 PM
Fark you, Japan.
 
2013-02-08 03:16:41 PM

valar_morghulis: Use your unemployment to buy chocolate, a new vibrator, and new pillows to muffle your weeping.


And cheat on Kimiko?
 
2013-02-08 07:48:09 PM
...Guys, c'mon, this is Japan.  Coulda been a lot worse.
 
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