Valentine’s Day

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Meaning of “Giri Choco”: The Guide to Valentine`s Day and White Day in Japan

It is almost February… time passes by so quickly, isn`t it? In Japan, you can already see how fast things are getting ready for the next exciting event to come: Valentine`s Day; a celebration of romance and love that takes place annually on February 14th in many places around the world. On Valentine`s day, people…

Lost in Lust in Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

Valentine’s Is Nearing! Here Are 3 Places in Japan Where You Can Buy Chocolates

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and chocolates are must-haves to share with your loved ones and even your colleagues at work. Here is a guide on where you can get local and international chocolate brands for this special occasion in Japan! 1. HENRI CHARPENTIER Japanese patisserie chain HENRI CHARPENTIER was established in Ashiya,…

The 2 Kinds of Chocolate That Japanese Women Give on Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In Japan, it is one of the celebrations that people look forward to, especially junior high school students. It is the time when women get to show their true feelings to men by giving them chocolates. The celebration is quite unique compared to other countries as it has…

Chocoholics Should Not Miss Out on the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Chocolat Promenade!

Valentines Day is fast approaching and as expected, lots of chocolates will be pouring out all over Japan. However, when the demand for the country’s material manifestation of love overshoots the amount of supply, that spells disaster for all chocoholics out there. So, if you don’t want to be left behind, I suggest that you…

These Classy New Kit Kats are Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Kit Kat goes hand in hand with Japan like cherry blossoms in the springtime. With their most recent Kit Kat offering, they have taken a routine chocolate bar and have taken it up a notch. There are even multiple specialty shops dedicated to the unique flavors alone. There are multiple regional flavors, from Kyoto matcha…

New (and Accidentally Funny) Pocky Boxes for Every Valentine’s Recipient

Pocky, Japan’s beloved biscuit sticks dipped in flavors such as chocolate, strawberry and green tea, introduce 10 different packaging designs which will be available from 29 December 2015 until the end of February 2016. Actually, only the names have been revamped to have different meanings suitable for various occasions. For instance, there are Sukky and…

Instant Noodles with Chocolate Sauce as a Valentine’s Gift?

Valentine’s Day is coming soon and it is customary in many parts of the world including Japan for people to give chocolates to their loved ones during this special day. Are you having trouble deciding on the type of chocolate you should buy this year? How about you buy a packet of instant noodles with…