Valentine’s Day aka Red Day 2014

Its that time of the year again!
In Japan, 14th February is known as Red Day. It is the day where the females give the males chocolates and presents. Usually its a male they like but there are also giri choco [obligatory chocolate] which you give to male friends and male coworkers [given at your disgression of course. you dont have to give either]
The reverse is true on 14th March aka White day. So guys will give girls items on that day.

A lot of times, girls tend to make the chocolate gifts.
As such the stores are full of helpful items/kits/supplies.
Like these Hello Kitty items

More here

Hello kitty collab with Hanabatake my favourite caramel store from Hokkaido

I don’t eat chocolate because i dislike it greatly and i dont cook with it at all. However i do try to put up with it once a year and hence i partook in the annual chocolate making yesterday [with a lot of swearing about how much chocolate stinks XD]

One of the finished products
This is the one i am giving the husband.

Happy Red Day!!
XOXO Yumeko

p.s kudos to May, Midgey and Mish [my triple M girls] for putting up with my whining on google hangout chat as i was making it XD

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Hokkaido , Otaru : Otaru Orgel Doh [Otaru Music Box Museum]

This is a really backdated post, i don’t know why it took me so long to post this XD
In 2012 [omg] I visited Otaru in Hokkaido.

From Wikipedia
Otaru (小樽) is a small harbor city, about half an hour northwest of Sapporo by train. Its beautifully preserved canal area and interesting herring mansions make Otaru a pleasant day trip from Sapporo or a nice stop en route to or from Niseko or the Shakotan Peninsula.

Whilst there, i visited the Music Box Museum.
The Music Box Museum is near the southern end of Sakaimachi Street.

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