Japanese women are rebelling against a decades-old Valentine’s Day tradition that obliges them to give chocolates to men.
On February 14, the nation’s female workers are expected to give "giri choco," or obligation chocolates, to their male colleagues. Women are also expected to buy heartfelt chocolates, "honmei choco," for their crushes or loved one.
"Valentine’s Day （in Japan） got turned upside down to become a symbol of the Japanese patriarchy," said Jeff Kingston, a Japan expert at Temple University in Tokyo.
But this year, women are calling time on the financially draining practice.
A recent survey by a Tokyo department store found about 60% of women will instead buy chocolates for themselves on Valentine’s Day.
Only 35% planned to offer chocolates to their male colleagues.
rebel against （someone or something）：慣用語，造反，反叛，反抗。例句：Teenagers’ natural desire to rebel against authority could be tapped to drive them to replace junk food with healthier choices, a study has found.（一項研究發現，青少年天生想要反抗權威的渴望，可以被用來驅使他們以更健康的選擇來取代垃圾食物。）
turn something upside down：慣用語，將…翻了個底朝天，（把…）弄得亂七八糟；（使）變得凌亂不堪。例句：He turned the room upside down looking for his car keys.（他為了找汽車鑰匙，把房間翻了個底朝天。）