Valentine’s Day in Japan is a day where girls give chocolate and other baked confectionaries to their significant other or the guy they’re crushing on. But what do girls get out of it, you might ask? A month later, on March 14th, is when guys are supposed to offer up something in return. That usually means some sweets they’ve bought from a department store or a hot date.
Personally I prefer the American style way of celebrating Valentine’s Day, but because Mr. J and I didn’t have any time to spend the day of, we both had the weekend after White Day off, and so Mr. J promised to take me out somewhere then.
We slept in a little before hopping a train to Kawasaki, where they were holding an the outdoor Kawasaki Cinema Daidogei Festival and an Italian Food Festa at the neighboring La Cittadella.
Japanese comedy is pretty hit or miss with me, but we watched a couple of interesting act. We started off with a magician called Dame Jan Koide and ended with this troupe, which was by far the best one we saw.
As the weather started to turn sour, we decided to have lunch at an Italian-owned restaurant in La Cittadella, called Osteria Galileo. Nori had a calzone, and I had the pesto pasta. It was divine! The owner, Galileo Savastano, even came out to chat with us a little before we paid our check. I recommend going if you’re in the area and looking for some authentic Italian and some favorites that are normally hard to come by in Japan.
After that Mr. J took me to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, which located off the Seaside line. We both love aquariums and had tried to go to the one in Izu Sea Paradise a few years back, but it hadn’t worked out. Needless to say I was stoked!
The Seaside line out offers some nice views.
Right now they’re running a campaign for couples, which was a pretty good deal.
We showed up just in time to pet the sea lions and penguins. They have a lot of hands on areas for kids, too.
They have a wharf area where you can catch your own fish, have the staff cook it and serve it up for you, and dine on this boat.
Mostly we walked around and just looked around the aquarium.
Piranhas! They had baby piranhas too, which are super tiny and don’t look very threatening. They were too small to even get a proper picture of! Did you know it’s actually legal to own piranhas as a pet in Japan? :S
We caught a show and watched these dolphins get it on to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl”. It was pretty cute.
We didn’t eat dinner at Sea Paradise, but besides the option to catch and cook your own meal, they have an outdoor dining area for BBQing, and a few buffet and Western-style cuisine restaurants inside the park. The park looks really nice lit up at night.
Before we left we bought some chinanago (garden eel), which are still kind of popular in Japan, mug cups as souvenirs. Aren’t they cute?
It was a nice White Day date and we really enjoyed ourselves♪ If you and your significant other celebrated White Day, what did you do?