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  • Hey guys!

  • Today's video is gonna be a little more relaxed

  • I kinda feel like it's going back to my old style of video

  • If you've been following me since the beginning

  • You know I used to make really random videos

  • about products that I thought were funny or interesting

  • that I just came across at the grocery store

  • and I kinda miss that style of video

  • Today I found something funny at the grocery store

  • It's almost Valentines Day - and Japan is obssesed with giving chocolate on Valentines Day

  • It's the big thing here - people don't really give flowers or jewellry too much

  • It's really just chocolate, and you'll see it everywhere

  • The grocery stores are packed with special Valentines chocolate

  • Even in the stations there will be little stands everywhere where you can buy chocolate

  • So I was at the grocery store doing some shopping and came across these

  • SUKKY POCKY

  • And it took me way too long to figure out why the hell they say SUKKY on them

  • If you speak Japanese you can probably figure it out if you think about it for a little while

  • And at the bottom it says "anata ga suki desu"

  • I like you, or I love you

  • Suki means like, but it means like-like not just regular like when you use it for a person

  • So yeah it's SUKI not SUKKY

  • But when they write it like that without the Japanese characters and 2 Ks and a Y

  • I can only read this is SUCKY and I can't get over how funny it is

  • I just love this so much

  • So yeah, they came out with these special edition Pocky

  • Not only SUKKY POCKY, they came out with like 8 others I think

  • I got them all, I got all the ones they had at the store

  • So I have lots of Pocky to eat now

  • Let me show you the other ones

  • I thought these ones were really cute

  • These are Papacky and Mamacky for your Dad and your Mom

  • I thought those were really adorable

  • Too bad my parents aren't in Japan so I could give these to them

  • But isn't that cute?

  • At the bottom it says "papa arigatou" and "mama arigatou"

  • Thanks Dad, Thanks Mom

  • They also have THANKY

  • For those people that you're not in love with but you wanna give them a little treat on Valentines Day

  • So this is kinda like a casual thing you can give them

  • The bottom says "itsumo sankyuu desu"

  • Sankyuu is another way to say thank you in Japanese, more casual

  • than arigatou or arigatou gozaimasu, so you can use it with your friends

  • Here's a very Japanese phrase that I can attempt to teach you guys

  • YOROCKY! If you speak Japanese you can probably figure this one out

  • It says "yoroshiku onegai shimasu"

  • Which is actually very hard to translate into English

  • It's not really a phrase that we have

  • It has so many different meanings

  • For example when you meet someone for the first time you'll say "hajimemashite"

  • "my name is Sharla, blah blah blah" and then at the end you'll say "yoroshiku onegai shimasu"

  • Which is kinda like "from here on lets have a good relationship"

  • or something... it's honestly really hard to translate

  • But it's just something like yeah let's get along, let's have a good relationship

  • Let's work together, or I'm looking forward to working with you

  • That kinda thing

  • You could give this one to your coworker or your friend

  • Anyone really, but I guess it has kinda like a "let's work together" feeling to it

  • probably would be best for a coworker or something like that

  • That's one thing that's very different about Valentines Day here in Japan

  • You actually give chocolate to everyone you know

  • It's not just your bf or your gf

  • Last Valentines Day I was working at a Japanese tech company

  • All my coworkers were Japanese people

  • And all the men gave me chocolate, and it was really awkward

  • Because in Canada we don't have the culture of giving presents to anyone other than your significant other

  • So that was just weird for me

  • But in Japan it's expected here

  • If you don't get something for your coworkers you're kind of seen as like the office bitch

  • So you probably wanna do that

  • So you can get them something like this so you don't have to spend too much money on them

  • Actually one that would be really good for your coworkers would be this

  • GIRICKY - another very Japanese thing

  • At the bottom it says "giri choko desu"

  • Giri choko means "obligation chocolate"

  • So literally you're obligated to give this chocolate to them because it's Valentines Day

  • It's not that you have any feelings for them or anything, you just have to give them something... so

  • "Here you are." I don't know if I would be very thrilled to receive this

  • But I guess it's better than nothing? I dunno, honestly not giving anything might be better

  • So giri chocolate is usually just like a small cheap chocolate

  • that you give to someone because you have to, not because you love them

  • On the other hand, honmei choko, or real feeling chocolate

  • would be something more expensive or fancy

  • and that would be the type of chocolate you would give to your bf or gf

  • Another one they have is GANBACKY

  • It says "ganbatte kudasai"

  • Which is, try your best! or good luck!

  • So you could give this to someone who has exams, or a sports competition or something like that

  • I like that one, I think that's cute

  • And that would be nice all year round, not just Valentines Day

  • But I'm pretty sure these are just a Valentines Day special

  • So I think they're gonna stop selling them soon

  • Those are the Valentines Day special Pocky that I found at the store

  • But yeah, this is just my favourite thing ever. Can we just all agree on that?

  • Please don't ever get rid of these I friggen love these

  • On the back they have this cute little space where you can write a message

  • I thought that was adorable

  • So yeah that's my Valentine's video for this year guys

  • If you're looking for something more useful

  • I made a couple chocolate making videos over the years, I will link them up in the i button

  • thing on whichever side it is

  • So click that and you can see some other videos to watch!

  • Hope you guys have a really awesome valentines day, and I'll see you soon! Bye!

Hey guys!

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A2 BEG US chocolate japanese grocery kinda give day

Japanese Valentines Day Culture | SUKKY POCKY

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