Who was Saint Valentine?


Hello everyone,

We were very lucky with the weather these past two weekends. It was warm and sunny again last Sunday, so we had a nice day out at a park. Did you make the most of the early spring weather? It came to an end yesterday when it poured rain all morning. It looks like spring isn’t here yet after all. Last Sunday was Valentine’s Day. Did you give or receive any chocolate? My daughter gave sweets to a boy in her class who lives in our neighbourhood. When White Day comes next month, she might get some chocolate in return. We’ll see…

Did you know that Saint Valentine was a real person who lived 1800 years ago? He was either a priest or a bishop in the Roman Empire. He was killed and his body was buried in Italy, on February 14, which has been observed as the Feast of Saint Valentine (Saint Valentine’s Day) since 496 AD. How did it become associated with romance? During the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds paired in mid-February. This was then associated with the romance of Valentine. Since then Valentine’s Day has been a day when couples give each other gifts. In Japan, of course, it’s a little different, but you can still see heart decorations up all over the country. Once we have eaten all of the chocolate from Valentine’s Day and White day, it will be time for Easter. That means we have to eat even more chocolate! Fortunately, I love chocolate, so bring it on. I found an Easter egg for the first time in Fuji last weekend. There are some available in Kaldi in Aeon mall. They have lots of delicious foreign foods in there. It’s one of my favourite shops. Enjoy the rest of February!
















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