|Japan's Two Unique Valentine's Gifts: Giri-Choko and Tomo-Choko|
|Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00|
There are three styles of chocolate gifts for St. Valentine’s Day in Japan: ‘Giri-Choco’, ‘Tomo-Choco’ and ‘Honmei-Choco’.
Today we would like to introduce you to two of these popular styles of chocolate gift: ‘Giri-Choco’ and ‘Tomo-Choco’, both of which are normally given not to boyfriends but to friends or colleagues on St. Valentine’s Day.
Firstly, the name ‘Giri-Choco’ means ‘Obligation(Giri) Chocolate’, and specifically, these chocolates are given by women as an obligation to male acquaintances like office colleagues, particularly superior or senior colleagues, and other men with whom they are casually acquainted. Women usually buy ready-made chocolate at stores for ‘Giri-Choco’, which is the most important difference from ‘Honmei-Choco’, the name for chocolates given to someone who they love or fancy. We will talk about ‘Honmei-Choco’ tomorrow, so please check it out also.
Tomo-Choco’ means ‘Friend’s (Tomo) Chocolate’, which is—as the name suggests--given to only female friends . Since many Japanese women make chocolate gifts for St. Valentine’s Day, it is common that they exchange handmade chocolates. ‘Tomo-Choco’ looks like a small gift: the basic style is that a few chocolates are packed in small paper bags or plastic bags and then they are tied with ribbons or cute stickers.
Here’s a typical example of ‘Tomo-Choco’ in Japan. You can also learn how to make it with the recipe below.
It’s very easy to make! Give it a try and delight your best friends with some Japanese-style chocolate gifts!
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Text: Honami Matsuura