It all started in Kobe.

As we all know the Morozoff Ltd is from Kobe so Kobe started Valentine’s Day.  For the doubters I have put an excerpt from Wikipedia.   If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

… Morozoff Ltd. introduced the holiday for the first time in 1936, when it ran an advertisement aimed at foreigners. Later in 1953, it began promoting the giving of heart-shaped chocolates; other Japanese confectionery companies followed suit thereafter. In 1958, the Isetandepartment store ran a “Valentine sale”. Further campaigns during the 1960s popularized the custom.

The custom that only women give chocolates to men may have originated from the translation error of a chocolate-company executive during the initial campaigns. In particular, office ladies give chocolate to their co-workers. Unlike western countries, gifts such as greeting cards, candies, flowers, or dinner dates are uncommon, and most of the activity about the gifts is about giving the right amount of chocolate to each person. Japanese chocolate companies make half their annual sales during this time of the year.

 

 

16 thoughts on “It all started in Kobe.”

  1. Pencilvania:
    The right amount for me is > 5 lb., just fyi.

    Hearts & blessings to every Ratburgher this Valentine’s Day.

    Did you read this “The custom that only women give chocolates to men“?

    Pencil, you got the amount right but the direction wrong. FedEx or DHL?

  2. 10 Cents:

    Pencilvania:
    The right amount for me is > 5 lb., just fyi.

    Hearts & blessings to every Ratburgher this Valentine’s Day.

    Did you read this “The custom that only women give chocolates to men“?

    Pencil, you got the amount right but the direction wrong. FedEx or DHL?

     

    See, I knew there was a reason I will never live in Japan. 

    Yes, every Ratburgher deserves hearts today, it’s the best place on the webs!

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  3. I always knew this was a “made up” holiday, as far as the entire flowers and gift stuff anyway.  I did send my wife flowers today, but to pay the extra to have them sent on this day seems silly.  This might be my last official celebration of Valentines Days as far as giving gifts.

    That will go over just fine with the wife…right?

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  4. Curt North:
    I always knew this was a “made up” holiday, as far as the entire flowers and gift stuff anyway.  I did send my wife flowers today, but to pay the extra to have them sent on this day seems silly.  This might be my last official celebration of Valentines Days as far as giving gifts.

    That will go over just fine with the wife…right?

    Curt, are you asking marriage advice from a Sock?

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  5. Curt North:
    I always knew this was a “made up” holiday, as far as the entire flowers and gift stuff anyway.  I did send my wife flowers today, but to pay the extra to have them sent on this day seems silly.  This might be my last official celebration of Valentines Days as far as giving gifts.

    That will go over just fine with the wife…right?

    If she appreciates flowers, get her flowers while she can appreciate them. If you do not, you will regret it when she is no longer able to appreciate getting flowers from you.

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  6. It was a mini rose bush in a wicker basket, she really loves flowers but has a habit of killing them within a day or two.  My hope is that the bush will last longer, she really loves the idea of roses lasting for months rather than a week.  I fully admit that I’m just a small cog in the giant gear of capitalism, giving my hard earned money to a faceless company (Big Flower?) praying on women’s emotions via TV commercials surrounding made-up holidays…but it made her smile today, and in the end flowers for your sweetie isn’t such a bad thing to do.

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  7. Curt North:
    It was a mini rose bush in a wicker basket, she really loves flowers but has a habit of killing them within a day or two.  My hope is that the bush will last longer, she really loves the idea of roses lasting for months rather than a week.  I fully admit that I’m just a small cog in the giant gear of capitalism, giving my hard earned money to a faceless company (Big Flower?) praying on women’s emotions via TV commercials surrounding made-up holidays…but it made her smile today, and in the end flowers for your sweetie isn’t such a bad thing to do.

    Curt, you just made it unsafe for anyone who didn’t buy the flowers. You should have made it a link with the NSFH, Not Safe For Home, label.

    BTW, good pick on the flowers.

  8. Curt North:
    It was a mini rose bush in a wicker basket, she really loves flowers but has a habit of killing them within a day or two.  My hope is that the bush will last longer, she really loves the idea of roses lasting for months rather than a week.

    Get heritage roses. Those are rose breeds that existed prior to 1880. They are hardy, often bloom multiple time a year, and (I think) prettier than modern tea roses. Very low maintenance. Jan really loved to plant them and we have several around the house. If I ever move I will take cuttings from each one and plant them wherever I move to.

    If you are in Texas, go to the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas. There are nurseries in California, Oregon, Alabama, and the Carolinas I know that specialize in heritage roses.

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