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Eating art "Valentine Yokohama Chocolate Paradise"

食べるアート「バレンタイン ヨコハマ チョコレート パラダイス」

Valentine's Day season has come this year as well.
Valentine's Day is known all over the world, and each country has its own way of spending it. Then, do you know if it was the origin of it? It seems to go back to the 3rd century. Roman emperor Claudius II at the time banned marriage, believing that one of the major factors that young men did not go to war was that they did not want to leave their hometown family and lovers. However, the Christian priest Valentinus preached the preciousness of love and, contrary to policy, held weddings for young people. After that, he was executed because he did not obey the orders of the Roman emperor and continued to preach the preciousness of love.
It is said that the day of execution was February 14, and it was Valentine's Day that it became a day to pray as "St. Valentine's Day" in honor of the courageous act of preaching the love of Priest Valentine. It is said to be the beginning. The element of lovers' events became stronger around the 14th century, but overseas, not only lovers, but also family members and loved ones are given not only chocolate but also cards and gifts. Today, Valentine's Day is evolving in various countries around the world according to their own ideas.
Valentine's Day evolves with the times and regions, but why not think about its origins and express your gratitude to your loved ones, friends, and those who have taken care of you.
It's also a good idea to look for a special chocolate as a reward for yourself.

"Valentine Yokohama Chocolate Paradise" is being held in Sogo Yokohama from January 21st (Friday) to February 14th (Monday).
This year, we have a selection of chocolates from around the world on four themes.
1. "Pastry chef x sustainable"
2. "Luxury"
3. "Limited" Sogo & Seibu limited products, etc.
4. "New Sense" A new and innovative brand that has never been seen before
Approximately 70 brands of chocolate, including new and limited editions, lined up in a spacious and spacious venue, are colorful, delicate and just like art.
Here are some of the many chocolates.

Hotel Chocolat
Born in London and started by growing cacao plantations, Hotel Chocolat is committed to sustainability. Support the life of the cacao plantation, and use packages that have acquired * FSC certification.
The luxurious chocolate of a first-class chocolatier is such a chocolate that makes you happy even if you are not a taster.
* FSC certification: An international organization that certifies properly managed forests and the distribution and processing processes of timber cut from those forests.

● Strawberry & Cream Macaron (1 box) 1,600 yen (tax included)

DelReY
From Belgium, which is known as the home of chocolate, DelReY.
When you open the diamond-shaped jewelry box, the pink, red, and green diamond-shaped chocolates shine. Assorted are three popular items from the 2022 Chocolate Collection. In addition to the diamond boxes we are introducing, there are different numbers of boxes available, and we recommend the Sogo & Seibu limited edition "Marble Diamond Box". The limited edition pink and blue marble color BOX with drawers is luxurious and you will want it.

● Blue Pearl Del Rey Diamond Box 3 pieces 1,944 yen (tax included)

JANICE WONG
Janice Wong, a female pastry chef from Singapore, has been selected as the best pastry chef in Asia for the second consecutive year. Her concept is edible art, which has a theme of fusion of food and art. The colorful spherical chocolate is so beautiful that you want to decorate it, and you will be thrilled to know what it tastes like. This Japan-only selection has five flavors: creamy coconut, praline pop rock, coffee, yuzu, and salted caramel.
You can enjoy delicious and beautiful chocolate with chocolate that stimulates not only taste but also perception.

● Janice Wong Special 5 2,780 yen (tax included)

le Chateau
Le Chateau was born in a city known for its rich nature and many castles in France. It is a gem that is made by wrapping special ingredients such as raisins soaked in precious roasted wine and champagne, white figs, and coffee beans in dark chocolate and milk chocolate by a unique manufacturing method using a copper pot.
Le Chateau, which is imported directly from France only once a year, is so rare that it sells out quickly every year. There are many types and sizes, so it's a perfect gift for your close friends.

● Le Chateau 50g 999 yen (tax included)
● Le Chateau 25g 594 yen (tax included)

REI CACAO
REI CACAO where you can fully enjoy the original taste of cacao.
Introducing a bento box packed with the charm of REI CACAO's chocolate, which pursues simplicity by using natural additives as much as possible without adding anything as much as possible.
Rice puff and bonbon chocolate are like rice and pickled plums, packed with 11 kinds of chocolate such as authentic bonbon chocolate and mandian, irresistible for chocolate lovers, and the impact of appearance is also the number one item.

● Cacao lunch (1 can) 2,700 yen (tax included)

Chocolat BEL AMER
Chocolat Bell Amer Kyoto Bettei was born in Kyoto, a town with tradition and rich internationality.
Various chocolates that are delicate and feel Japanese are lined up. What caught my eye was the "Mizuho no Shizuku", which was made by pouring Kyoto sake, domestic tea, domestic fruits and honey into a jelly in a chocolate that looked like a sho. This time I bought a series that combines domestic fruits and domestic honey. The gentle scent of honey that overflows the moment you open the box is a must-try item.

● Mizuho no Shizuku Domestic fruit and honey 5 pieces 1,620 yen (tax included)

Mary chocolate
Mary Chocolate, a long-established store born in 1950.
The cute package "Splashing Candy Chocolate" is so cute that you can easily pick it up, and it has the image of colorful drinks lined up in retro coffee shops. The candy pops in the chocolate and has a nostalgic texture. There are 6 flavors: melon cream soda, strawberry soda, cola float, white soda, cider, and lemon squash. It's a chocolate that you'll want to share with someone, both in appearance and taste.

● Popping candy chocolate 378 yen each (tax included)

"Valentine Yokohama Chocolate Paradise", which is being held while restricting admission to the venue and expanding the venue space to alleviate congestion, is being held in Sogo Yokohama until February 14th (Monday).

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