Some Boys do not Get their Chocolate in Valentine´s Day

In Japan the tradition in Valentine´s day is that the girls give chocolates to the boys. There are two types of chocolates this day. One is Giri choco and another is Hon mei choco.

The Giri choco is the chocolate that is given as a courtesy to co-workers, friends, classmates, family, etc.  Just to give good impression, don't raise too much your hope. It is obvious that the girls are not interested in you. Sometimes the work subordinates give the ‘giri choco’ to the boss just for courtesy, and they make clear ‘this is guiri choco’. My mother and my sister also bought me ‘giri choco’, and it tasted good, I appreciated!

The Hon Mei choco is the chocolate that you give to the boy who you love and sometimes it comes with a love letter or you confess your love when you hand out the chocolate. Also, there are many boys who don´t get any chocolate that day. Neither ‘giri choco’, nor hon mei choco…I hope this year I get some choco (any type of choco)

By the way, the boys who get the chocolate that day, they are supposed to return some gift on the 14th of March called “White day.

Here in western culture, many couples exchange the gift


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We were preparing the window for the B-Anime film Festival

January 28th at 16:30h.

I will do a sumi-e exhibition in the Hall of Diseny Hub Barcelona.

 Then I will be doing a workshop of sumi-e (bamboo initiation) there are only 20 seats for the workshop, you need to register previously on B Anime webside. This is a free activity

Then we will watch an Anime and drink Umai Cha ( tea)

These are free activities. You have to check the availability and register on the website of B- Anime Film

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Sumi-e Workshop, Bamboo iniciation



書き初めKAKIZOME :The first calligraphy of the year

We normally write our wishes, target, or motto of the year. This year l have written 日々是好日(nichi nichi kore kounichi) which is one of the Zen phrase that l like. This phrase has many meanings

  • Every day can be good day depend on your attitude or your thought.
  • It is important to live the present.
  • We have to do the best to make the better day.
  • Just accept the day as it is.

I will try to remember this phrase, when l feel down, this year!!

The kakizome can be burned in the dondoyaki day read more about this tradition on my post 

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Original  Japanese and Sumi-e paintings 


The Kanji of the Year 2016

The Kanji “ Gold has been chosen as the Kanji of the year 2016.

This is the third time that this kanji is chosen as the kanji of the year. The reasons for this time are the following.

Japan won many golden medals in Rio Olympics, corruption of some politicians, the new president of United States has blond hair( in Japanese ‘kinpatsu’ golden hair), and the famous video of PPAP’s actor Pikotaro wears golden costume in the video.

The Prime Minister Abe hopes that the Kanji of the year 2020 which is Tokyo Olympics year will be “” Gold again.

What do you think about this decision? Do you like the meaning of the kanji KIN金? You can see the kanjis of other years in my old post 

Picture taken from West News