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Salon du Chocolat

chocolate2 Sometimes life is full of serendipity, and happening to be in Tokyo during Salon du Chocolat is a very happy coincidence indeed.

chocolateIt seems that the “wakai josei,” or young Japanese women, are in the habit of buying chocolate for male friends, fiances, husbands and bosses during this time of year as a harbinger of happiness. (Irish woman please note – this is a very good idea!)

Actually, a Japanese friend here said that most Japanese men don’t like chocolate at all and that their sisters and mothers usually end up with the treats. That is a shame!

caoki1Many European chocolatiers are here, including Marcolini, Herme, Neuhaus, etc., and a number of Japanese ones as well. 

We managed to meet Sadaharu Aoki, and my mother even got him to sign a box of chocolates for her.

I might have to go back tomorrow. Happy days for a chocoholic!

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2 Responses to “Salon du Chocolat”

  1. January 21st, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Fran says:

    I’ve been looking and reading at your recent posts with interest and envy……… now you top it off with a post on chocolate heaven/utopia.
    I didn’t think that “holidays” (sorry trade delegations)to Tokoyo could be that enjoyable. Enjoy.
    PS if you do go back get me some chocolates too.

  2. January 23rd, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Gerard Collins says:

    I can’t believe Japanese men don’t eat chocolate, that must be a miss print!

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