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    Hey, JET noob here.
    Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year, but I get the feeling I'm not safe. Do I need to be bringing in kiss ass chocolate? If so, whose asses should I be aiming to kiss on this Friday?

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    I'm going to begin this with the regular disclaimer: Others know a lot more than I do. That being said, here's my opinion.

    Especially if you're a guy, there is no need to bring chocolate on Valentine's Day. If you are a woman, I think it's up to you. Do you want to do something nice? If so, I recommend buying enough chocolate so that it can be shared with each and every teacher in the staff room.

    I brought a box of chocolate for each of my JTE's in the school I visited on White Day along with my Kyoto. They were all women so it seemed like a nice gesture. Those chocolates were shared amongst the teachers.
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    The best ALT I knew (male) wore a purple-and-red suit and handed out cheap fake flowers and chocolates to every woman he encountered on Valentine's Day. He went all out and it was pretty much epic. I envied his game. You can bet that if Valentine's Day had happened to fall on a weekday, I'd be tryin' to copy his sexy ass this year.
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    Making gestures is huge. It's not really that hard to take stuff for people, so why not? I took in a couple strings of Oreos one year and just offered some to teachers during lunch. They loved it, and subsequently treated me a little better.
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    If you bring kiss-ass chocolate, do it the American school style and give a fun-sized bag of M&Ms (or conversation hearts) with a Valentines theme and tag to everybody etc.

    My first year I did that - they thought it was weird, but then I explained the whole American thing and they were cool-ish with it. Most were shocked by the terribleness of the conversation hearts, but that's nothing new.

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    Ugh... I gave chocolates to friends my first year and the Japanese guys took it the wrong way. I didnt bother after that. I do t think you need to bother.
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    Update: Went to 2 schools today and asked a 3rd school about it the other day. No one here does it, at least in the school offices. I gave chocolate to kids instead, had inaka classes today.

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    It is forbidden to feed the children at my schools.
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    Teach them something new?? Are you mad? All you do in Japan is rehash the same stuff over and over for 15 years. Hello song, what do you like sports? and fruit basket. The holy trinity of English education.

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    I brought chocolate for all the teachers at my school and they begrudgingly exchanged chocolates. They really don't like it for some reason. (There's onle 4 full time teachers. Not like it's costing them a fortune.) and they all stressed that there is no White Day. I think they're stingy. I love chocolates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penguee View Post
    I brought chocolate for all the teachers at my school and they begrudgingly exchanged chocolates. They really don't like it for some reason. (There's onle 4 full time teachers. Not like it's costing them a fortune.) and they all stressed that there is no White Day. I think they're stingy. I love chocolates.
    Oh Japan. Take a western romantic tradition, turn it into some kind of onerous duty and then resent it!

    These people are all masochists I swear.

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    I got chocolates for the teachers at two of my schools for Valentines. I told them I just wanted to show how much I appreciate them. They seemed to appreciate the gesture and gave what I interpreted to be a genuine smile and a thank-you and we were done.
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    Aren't guys supposed to wait until white day?

    Or do I have that wrong?

    Wait.... John....

    You are a female?

    My world is upside-down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    Oh Japan. Take a western romantic tradition, turn it into some kind of onerous duty and then resent it!
    I quite like that. I wonder what other things my co-workers take as onerous duties? Haha.

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    Parties? Check.
    Social interaction? Probably check.
    Drinking? Check.

    And so on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zolrak 22 View Post
    Aren't guys supposed to wait until white day?

    Or do I have that wrong?

    Wait.... John....

    You are a female?

    My world is upside-down...
    No, not a chick. I just wanted to do something nice. I justified it by saying this was Canadian tradition for men to give chocolates during Valentines Day.
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    Teach them something new?? Are you mad? All you do in Japan is rehash the same stuff over and over for 15 years. Hello song, what do you like sports? and fruit basket. The holy trinity of English education.

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    Great men of action never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job.

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    Meh, nobody's perfect.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ini View Post
    Teach them something new?? Are you mad? All you do in Japan is rehash the same stuff over and over for 15 years. Hello song, what do you like sports? and fruit basket. The holy trinity of English education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny View Post
    It is forbidden to feed the children at my schools.
    Wait wait wait... do you teach at a school for Gremlins? I can't be the only person who thought of this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AyaReiko View Post
    Wait wait wait... do you teach at a school for Gremlins? I can't be the only person who thought of this...
    Funny that you mention it, we can get them wet either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny View Post
    Funny that you mention it, we can't get them wet either.
    If that's supposed to be innuendo then I'm not sure if I should be proud of you or not.

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