Warning: Lots of long expository paragraphs here today. Feel free to skip and just look at the pretty cards if you are in a hurry!
Apologies for the lengthy gap in posting. I took a week off to celebrate my birthday and travel to another city which is generally a little warmer and has a lot less snow than my city does. It was a bit of a winter break, except it was cold and snowy there too for a change!
Today's Blog Linky Party's Theme is Love. I am not always the biggest fan of "Love" because sometimes my definition of love doesn't agree with other people's definition of love. However, Valentine's Day is just around the corner so it is seasonally appropriate!
As an aside, I thought I might mention the difference between Valentine's Day in Japan and most other countries. In Japan, women give chocolates to the men in their lives. They give "Giri-choco" or obligation chocolates to male co-workers, male friends or anyone close to them with whom they do not have a romantic relationship. Women give "Honmei-choco" to their boyfriends or husbands. The Honmei-choco is often handmade or very gorgeous.
There is quite a lot of information about this tradition on the internet, I am referring my readers to a blog that I follow if interested.
Men are obliged to respond in March on White Day (March 14th) when they give something back to the women that showered them with chocolates. Unfortunately, they usually don't give back chocolate, they give cookies. Cookies are nice, but they aren't chocolate!
Here in my family in Japan we do things just a little bit differently! My husband and I exchange presents on Valentine's Day and on White Day. Sometimes we give chocolates, sometimes more creative presents. One of my favourite gifts was a fishing rod so that I could join my husband in one of his favourite hobbies! I think we have the best of both traditions this way 😍
But, you came here for the postcards not a Social Studies lesson. Here we go...
I received this card from France in 2015. I like the happy fun vibe of the card, but as I originally noted in my blog entry, I'm a tad worried about the "Punch" like puppet that the man is holding. What does that mean?
Gay Couple 1986
Romeo and Juliet is one of those movies that probably soured me on romance. They were such pretty people, fell in love with each other and died. (I hope I didn't need a spoiler alert there!) During my Shakespeare class in University, we watched the movie. The man sitting next to me was a Star Trek fan and at a point in the movie when Romeo's page says to him, "Live and Prosper," the man made Spock's Vulcan salute. I wish I could say that I smiled politely. I wish I could.
Unfortunately I started howling with laughter to the point of tears running down my face and even leaving the room didn't help much. This was just before the two lovers met their fate so at my college I am known forever as the girl who laughed at Romeo and Juliet.
|Valentine - Vladimir Kamaev|
Until next time....