Valentine hashioki

I can’t resist sharing this glass hashioki with a beautiful heart in honor of Valentine’s Day this week.

Valentine hashiokiValentine’s Day is celebrated a little differently in Japan than it is in the US. The primary gift is chocolate, not flowers or jewelry, and the holiday is all about women presenting those gifts of chocolate to men. Here’s a link to a great description posted by Makiko Itoh in 2016 on her blog Just Hungry: http://www.justhungry.com/uniquely-japanese-valentines-day-tradition-compartmentalized-chocolate-giving.

This is the only heart hashioki I have ever seen. I don’t remember if there was only one in the store, or if I just wanted to buy a single example. But I now I think this lovely piece looks a little bit lonely without a hashioki mate.

February 13, 2017

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