Jan 31 2013
Love was in the air in a Tokyo park as normally staid Japanese husbands gathered to scream out their feelings for their wives, promising gratitude and extra tight hugs. With modesty and reticence traditionally valued over outspokenness, expressing deeper feelings like love has long been hard in Japan. That’s why dozens of Japanese men gather once a year ahead of Jan 31, which in Japanese is a play on the words for “Beloved Wife,” to let their feelings fly. Declarations at the Tuesday night event ranged from a simple “I’ll love you forever” to expressions of gratitude for homemade boxed lunches. “I’m sorry that I’ve gained weight over the last seven years,” a suit-clad man yelled. “But that’s because the meals you cook are so delicious.” The event, now in its fifth year, was thought up by Kiyotaka Yamana with the support of a local flower shop to urged Japanese men to show their affection in more explicit ways.
This might be the funniest thing I’ve seen all week. How about that quote? You have to read this article. It says the Japanese economy is doing better so not married couples are trying to deepen their relationship. That is the Japanese to a T. If the economy goes south it’s time to beat your wife again.
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