A Thinking Man's Valentine: "Shogi de Chocolat"
Mixing Japanese Chess and Chocolate
With Valentine's day coming up, a variety of chocolate events have begun to pop up around town. In Japan, things are a little different on the 14th of February. Traditionally women give men homemade chocolate! Of course most women actually buy it, but don't tell anyone you heard that here. It all balances out, as men have to return the favour on "White Day" in March.
Today we're introducing some tasteful tasty sweets for your sweetie, in the form of "Shogi de Chocolat" (Shogi being a traditional game similar to chess).
"Shogi de Chocolat" combines a delicious taste, with a unique appearance. This is another creation from Isshindo Honpo Inc., who became synonymous with both quality and creativity thanks to their "Kabuki Face Masks" which were chosen as souvenirs for the G7 Ise-Shima summit.
"Shogi de Chocolat" renders the traditional game pieces in full scale and at a high level of detail in chocolate.
Each set has eight pieces: King, Gold General, Silver General, Knight, Rook, Bishop, Lance, and Pawn. Although made of the same material, the pieces vary slightly in size just as real shogi pieces do, making for a different flavour experience with each piece.
The creation reflects their desire to "share a traditional Japanese concept with the world", and the package contains an explanation of shogi and its history in both Japanese and English making it the perfect souvenir.
Of course, this isn't just for shogi fans, as the rich scent and bitter taste of cacao makes it great for chocolate lovers too. Valentine's is coming up after all!
■"Shogi de Chocolat" Product Outline
Price: 1,400 JPY (Tax Incl.)
Content: 8 pieces
(One each of : King, Gold General, Silver General, Knight, Rook, Bishop, Lance, and Pawn)
Package size: 275mm long, 50mm wide, 20mm high
Isshindo Honpo Inc.
Location: 2-3-3 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083