Something’s Cooking, And It Smells Like Love (And Chocolates)

It’s great being a guy in Japan on Valentine’s Day. Unlike most other countries where the ladies are showered with gifts and flowers, over here, it’s the guys who get all the attention. It’s one of those (delightful) Japanese quirks like eating cake and fried chicken on Christmas. I’m definitely not complaining. 🙂 Just look at some of these goodies being lovingly hand made by Japanese girls for the big day:


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While store-bought chocolates and confections are ok for friends and colleagues, if you really want to make an impression on the guy you have a crush on, hand-made is the only way to go, and these girls are absolutely nailing it. Wonder if they taste as good as they look!

my first valentine's day with shiori

I remember my first proper Valentine’s Day in Japan with Shiori – she came over to my place in the evening after work and gave me a really nice surprise – no, actually, three. She designed a pair of t-shirts with our little obsession at the time – mustaches, complete with the moles on our faces in just the right place, and a custom mint case. But thing I treasure the most is the hand-made card that expressed her feelings with such sweetness and sincerity – I realized then that I had myself a keeper.

my first valentine's day with shiori

my first valentine's day with shiori

Kurt and Shiori

my first valentine's day with shiori

We wish you an amazing Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love and sweet delicious things!

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