Saying “I love you” to one’s wife may be common place in Western countries, but not so in Japan where modesty and control over emotions are highly valued in society. But even so, at least once a year, some normally reserved Japanese husbands in Tokyo have taken the time to let everyone hear how much they love their wives.
Japanese husbands gathered Tuesday night at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park to publicly express their gratitude and love for their wives. The event comes ahead of “Beloved Wives Day” or Aisai no Hi which is a play on words for “January 31″, the day on which it is celebrated. Husbands went on stage one by one to shout out for the world to hear how much they value their wives. One man apologized to his wife for his growing waistline all because of her fantastic cooking. Another, carrying his young daughter in his arms, promised to give tight hugs that night. The wives, of course, were thrilled, with one remarking how it reminded her of how macho her husband was when she married him eight years ago.
Already in its fifth year, Beloved Wives Day was the brainchild of Kiyotaka Yamana, who organized the event with the support of a local flower shop. Yamana also founded the Japan Aisaika Organization to promote a culture of “Aisaika” or “adoring husbands”. The group said it created “Aisai no Hi” to urge husbands to go home early on January 31 and thank their wives for everything that they do.[ via NBC News ]