Kimono-inspired chocolates

Good morning everyone,

It looks like today will get up to 6C, which means it will be the coolest day of the week, but the forecast of snow or rain is gone. In fact, the only day this week that might see rain is Friday. The rest of the week is looking mostly sunny and slowly getting warmer and warmer. By Friday, the high will be up to the mid-teens.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we know we’ll be seeing some amazing chocolates in the coming weeks, but these simply took our breath away!

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If you enjoy the beauty of the intricate patterns seen on Japanese kimono, you’re sure to fall in love with these Chocolat de Kissho chocolates created through a collaboration between pastry chef Tomomi Chiba and fourth-generation Yuzen kimono hand-painted dyeing master Hiorya Yoshikawa.

Yes, the chocolates are definitely gorgeous to look at, and that’s not surprising considering the artwork for the patterns were provided by the head designer and dyeing artist for Yoshikawa Sensho, a 115-year old Kyoto-based company that specializes in traditional Yuzen style kimono

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And you can be sure the chocolates taste as sweet as they look, since Chef Chiba, the co-creator of these edible pieces of art, has had experience working under renowned French chef Alain Ducasse and served as chef pâtissière at a five-star hotel in Paris.

The chocolates also have the extra attraction of coming in uniquely Japanese flavors. They are available in eight tantalizing varieties: natural, white miso, Kyo-matcha, sakura, framboise, kuro-shichimi, Japanese sake, and Yatsuhashi.

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In addition to looking delectable, the designs on the chocolates, called Kissho” patterns, are said to bring good fortune, so these treats will not only give you a satisfying sugar fix, but might bring you a bit of luck as well.

The chocolates are available in packages of three for Y1,500 or a complete set of eight for Y3,600 during special events at department stores including the “Sweets Collection 2017” at the Ginza Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo (January 25 to February 14) and the ”Salon du Chocolat 2017” at the JR Kyoto Isetan store in Kyoto (January 31 to February 15). For those of us not living in the big city fear not, the eight piece box is also available from the Mitsukoshi online store for delivery anywhere within Japan...including Hiroshima...hint, hint.

These chocolates could make a great gift for anyone who loves sweets (or even a special treat for yourself if you’re so inclined). Even if these ones don't look that tempting, chocolate fans should definitely check out the special Valentine’s section at major department stores in Japan in the coming weeks, as you’ll be sure to find a dazzling selection of chocolates waiting to tempt you!

Which is exactly why I won't be going anywhere near a department store for the next few weeks. I've got races on February 12th and February 19th, and the one on the 19th is a full marathon, and would like to lose a couple of pounds before those races, not gain them...ha ha!

If you're tempted though, let me know how they were...

Have a great day!


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