While not typically thought of as a Japanese holiday, Japan has Valentine’s Day and adapted it to become unique to the Japanese people. Rooted in helping people with expressing their feelings, people give gifts of elegant chocolates and handmade sweets to the ones they love on February 14th.
This month we are taking you on a journey of exploration through this holiday, filled with rich Japanese sweets and chocolates. Enjoy Japanese cakes, jelly and tea while you experience a taste of Valentine’s in Japan.
By Yamani (Gifu)
Utilizing arabesque patterns as a part of their design, these plates have a unique and auspicious charm. In traditional Japanese culture, these patterns are often used in motifs for weddings as a symbol of good luck. Coming in one of five designs, we hope one of these Japanese mini side-dishes will bring you good fortune too.
By Satoen (Shizuoka)
Often considered a rare product, Japanese black tea (or koucha) is not something you see every day. Using an original production method, this Shizuoka grown tea has a gentle sweetness that works well when paired with Japanese food such as white rice or Japanese soup stocks.
By Minoya Arare Confectionery (Kanagawa)
Combining sweet and salty, these mini arare crackers covered in chocolate have been lovingly crafted in Kanagawa. They are not only an addictive crunchy treat, but would also make a unique Valentine’s Day present.
By Kashihara (Tokyo)
Using the famed Amaou strawberry from Fukuoka, known for its large size, sweet flavor and vibrant color, Kashihara’s strawberry baumkuchen is baked with fresh cream that mellows out the sweet and sour strawberry flavor.
By Seisansha (Osaka)
Not too bitter, not too sweet, this rich castella cake continues to represent what that original creator wanted to express in 1940 - who wanted to remind people of the sweet memories of the good old days when western sweets were a luxury. We hope you’ll love a moment of indulgence too with this delicious, Japanese cake.
By Yuranosuke Confectionery (Tokyo)
Blending both Japanese and Western sweets, soft baumkuchen cake surrounds sweet yokan for a light and gentle Japanese treat. Try pairing with tea to enjoy the full flavor of the yokan.
Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)
Wrapped in a sweet bow (typical of Japanese Valentine’s day gifts), this refreshing jelly is almost too tempting to give as a present. Inside you’ll find a treat packed with the sweet and slightly sour flavor of fresh strawberries.
By Panex (Gifu)
Start your Valentine’s with a delicious breakfast of Japanese chocolate danish. Inspired by the chocolate given at Valentine’s, this soft Japanese baked good perfectly balances the bitter-sweetness of the chocolate with mellow bread (and no added preservatives).
By Nagaraen (Gifu)
Using the Nōhime strawberry, grown in Gifu, these elegant wafers highlight the best of the local area’s produce. Inside the crispy wafers, you’ll find a light strawberry cream. They even won an award from the Gifu Prefecture Tourism Association thanks to the quality of their Gaufrette Wafer.
By Nagaraen (Gifu)
Made with Gifu grown Nōhime strawberries, this delightful bite packs plenty of punch as the name might suggest. Blending the flavors of white chocolate and strawberry, this chocolate treat has an addictively crispy texture.
By Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)
Popular as a snack for both adults and children alike in Japan, these bite-size Japanese rice crackers contrast the savory flavor of shrimp with acidic mayonnaise - and they make an amazing Valentine’s treat for those without a sweet tooth.
By Izumi Bussan (Tokyo)
Thought to be an auspicious snack in Japan, kaminari-okoshi is a crispy rice snack, flavored with syrup. However this snack offers a unique Valentine’s take on the traditional treat with it’s vivid pink colour and peanut accents.
By Marukiyo Confectionery (Okinawa)
Shaped like a heart, this Okinawa-made crispy cookie is made by working Okinawan mozuku seaweed into the dough, giving it a unique sweet and savory flavor based from the seaweed, sesame, and many other ingredients that contribute to this biscuit.
By Senshuan (Hokkaido)
“Suki Desu” is the way one professes their feelings for another in Japanese, meaning simply “I Like You”. With a gentle and refreshingly mild flavor, the flavors in this Japanese cookie will bring back memories of a first love.
By Sanshu Confectionary (Saitama)
This crunchy Japanese snack uses the flavor of sweet and sour plum to create a balanced flavor, while also having a slightly rougher and more rustic texture to further enhance the experience.
By Gin No Shio (Hiroshima)
Bringing a touch of spice to your Valentine’s celebration, this crunchy cracker and peanut snack has been a popular treat in Japan for decades.