I remember all the excitement surrounding February 14 when I was growing up in Japan. On Valentine's Day, it was customary for girls to give chocolate to boys. So, for days (or perhaps for weeks, it seemed) before the big day, candy stores were packed with girls looking for a perfect box of chocolate for their someone special. But that was not the end. Men and boys who received a gift were supposed to give women something in return on March 14, which was called White Day. I wonder if this tradition still continues today?
In today's painting is a couple walking in a snowy park near Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Happy Valentine's Day!
White Lovers, Hokkaido, Japan I
A larger image of this painting is avaialble on request.
Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 inches (29 x 21 cm)
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