Last week, on Thursday, 3/12/09, I talked about "White Day on March 14th" and Japanese tradition to return white chocolates or white cookies, marshmallows on the White Day to my coworkers. On Friday, 3/13/09, Bill was nice to bring White Day treats for us.
In USA there is no custom to give "courtesy chocolates (giri-choco)" on Valentine's Day or to celebrate "White Day."
But Alan, my coworker, who read my blog about the Valentine's Day jokingly asked, "Where are the chocolates? Aren't you supposed to bring courtesy chocolates on Valentine's Day?" I returned back home and brought Godiva chocolates and Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts chocolates during lunch time and gave those to my coworkers.
In return of that I jokingly asked about "White Day" treats on 3/12/09. I even wrote a "Reminder" on my blog, too.
Bill brought: Pumpkin Tart with White Cream Cheese (Ralph's Market) Lindt White Chocolates Lindt White Chocolate Truffles.
We tasted little by little, because several of ladies at work are on diet. They were so good.
[Origin of White Day](Link) White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association as an "answer day" to Valentine's Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine's Day. In 1977 a Fukuoka-based confectionery company, "Ishimura Manseido", marketed marshmallows to men on March 14, calling it Marshmallow Day.
Soon thereafter, confectionery companies began marketing white chocolate.
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