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Dear Alice,

Well, I made it through another Valentine’s Day and White Day in Japan without getting divorced. My Japanese husband very nearly committed suicide our first year together because I gave him a valentine card but no chocolate, which he saw as a sure sign that I didn’t love him. Meanwhile, I was ready to pack my bags and get on the first plane back to Los Angeles because he didn’t give me any valentine at all. How the heck was I supposed to know he was waiting a month for an occasion called “White Day?” Please enlighten us about this Japanese holiday.

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