Rieko is my dream. She's the sort of woman who sees in me what others can't. She writes me poetry and sends me sweet gifts. She reassures me that, for all my faults, I've still got whatever it was that I used to have and that wasn't much anyway so I need to accept whatever excitement comes my way.
And that's Rieko.
Like all shy Japanese women, Rieko will be giving chocolates to many men tomorrow, on Valentine's Day. It's a rare chance for the females of Japan to express their innermost feelings.
You see, only women send Valentine's gifts in Japan.
But since the Western celebration took hold in the late 1950s, Japanese teenage girls and later young women have developed a clever system of giving different quality chocolates according to the type of man involved.
For a lover-boy like me, Rieko would direct honmei - ''potential winner'' - chocolates, not unlike those an Australian man would give a female he liked romantically. Kyodo News reports the average outlay on these ''true love'' chocolates in Japan will be ¥3497 ($36) this year.
Should the lucky man approve, he'll return in kind with gifts worth up to three times as much on White Day on March 14.
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