Shanghai Shangrila is an ongoing story about the decision to leave our lives in Los Angeles for something much different: Shanghai, China. We hope to use this platform to talk about the process of making the move and the overall experience of living in China. The idea is that we might make it easier for people to travel here by passing along helpful information. We hope you enjoy our story as much as we enjoy living it!
In Japan, it has become customary during Valentine's Day that the woman buys the man a gift, and not the other way around as in the U.S. But the reason is because one month after Valentine's Day on March 14, there is another holiday called White Day, and the man is supposed to reciprocate. As a result, Valentine's Day can be very stressful for many young women, since they are essentially setting the tone for the gift exchange and trying to find a gift that is just right (i.e., expensive or not expensive?, If expensive, how much is too much?, and so on). Expensive chocolates are a popular choice for gifts, so here is a picture of a chocolate market in Nagoya one day before Valentine's Day.