Happy Valentine’s Day

Sorry for my extended absence. Right when I got caught up on the superbuzzy packages, I got the nasty cold that’s been going around, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Today I had a coughing attack so severe I was convinced I was going to throw up (I was actually gagging because of the force of the cough).
Have I ever discussed my collection of Japanese tins? Those Japanese, they are really into souvenirs and the giving of gifts and over-the-top packaging, so you can just imagine what this means for the decorative tin industry. I have a small collection, mostly hand-me-downs from my mother. The tins once held cookies (hello, Yoku Moku) or rice crackers or chocolates. I was too lazy to photograph them all (and really, they’re not that exciting), but I did photograph my latest acquisition, and I think it is quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day.

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Lovers’ Lane! These held chocolate delicacies from Sapporo. I like how the tin tells you exactly what the sweets are like: “incredibly smooth” and “deeply satisfying.” Here’s a closeup of a particularly interesting phrase:
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Can you read that? “These chocolates are indigenous to Hokkaido and most suitable for souvenirs.” Very helpful information, no?
Have a great Valentine’s Day, everyone, and I’ll try to get my act together and start crafting again.

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9 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. Lynn says:

    I love Japan. All the world’s peoples are weird; we all have our cultural oddnesses. I just love the ways in which the Japanese are weird. They are amazing, creative and occasionally scary (Takeshi’s Castle, anyone?). They are, all at once, the world’s most elegant and austere culture, and the world’s most cluttery and wacky culture. Plus also they rule both cuteness and er, extreme relations between men and women. *ahem* How do they do that! They amaze me.

  2. molly! says:

    I have the same tin! And the cookies inside are sooo good too, it’s worth the trip to Hokkaido.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Gina says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you are feeling better. I’d hate to think that your cold might get in the way of enjoying some Valentine’s treats.

  4. amisha says:

    what a great tin! happy valentine’s day to you… hope the cold leaves you soon!

  5. Nicole says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Glad you’re feeling better.

  6. rachel says:

    i love those biscuits.. called langue de chat or sth?? in chinese… its something like love of white. of snow!!! theyre really delicious.

  7. rachel says:

    i love those biscuits.. called langue de chat or sth?? in chinese… its something like love of white. of snow!!! theyre really delicious.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Mariko – so sorry to hear you’re down with a cold – here’s to a happy Valentines anyway :D
    mmm biscuits!

  9. Daphne says:

    OOOH, incredibly smooth! Deeply satisfying!!! That’s how *I* want to be described! ha.

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