It is very soft so it's nice and fresh!
It also happened to be Setsubun no Hi in Japan. You can read what Setsubun is on Wikipedia. One of the traditional foods that you eat on this day is ehoumaki, which is a good luck sushi. I had never really seen it here in Hawaii but actually never really looked that hard for it. I looked this time and found it! It is quite large!
For sizing, I have it next to my MAC Viva Glam V lipstick. It was quite delicious.
Valentine's Day is just about a week away and of course the stores are brimming with Valentine goodies. I don't know how many of you are aware that in Japan Valentine's Day is for the men. Yup, only men receive Valentine chocolates in Japan. The thing is, the chocolates are soooo pretty! There are actually two types of chocolates given. Giri Choco is the obligatory chocolate that is given to male colleagues, friends, and bosses. There is no romantic interest in these men. The other chocolates are called Honmei Choco, which are generally of a higher-quality and more expensive than the giri choco. This chocolate is given to a boyfriend, prospective boyfriend or husband, one in whom the giver has romantic feelings for. I believe that the highest honor is receiving homemade chocolates. As with everything in Japan, the presentation is very important so these chocolates are packaged very nicely. The women do not need to despair because there is White Day on March 14, when men reciprocate and give chocolates and candy to women.
My friends just returned from a trip to Japan and they brought me a variety of Valentine's Day chocolates. I'm sure that these are the Giri Choco that the Japanese women would buy for their friends. I'm just so impressed by how beautifully packaged they are. Here are some of the Valentine's Day items that they got for me:
This was the box with the green bow
This was the box with the red bow
This is the big box with the clock face
This was in the big pink box. This one surprised me because it's not chocolate but a heart-shaped cookie.
I love the intricate design work on the chocolates. They also taste really delicious, nothing like the cheap chocolates that we can get in the U.S. These are definitely creamier and richer in taste. It's making me wonder how the Honmei Choco tastes.
I must say, though, that I love our version of Valentine's Day where it's anyone who is a significant other gets Valentine's Day gifts on that one special day.
Sidenote: When my son and his fiancee were here during the holidays (he lives in Japan and she's from Japan), I mentioned something about Valentine's Day and she was surprised that it was a day of flowers, candies, presents, going out for dinner all for your loved one. I guess that my son isn't celebrating Valentine's Day in the traditional way that he grew up with. Giving him the evil eye, he basically smiled and said, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." ARGGRRR!!! I thought that we had raised him better. *sigh*