Enjoy Valentine’s Day With Glico Almond Chocolate

In Japan, Morozoff Ltd. introduced the holiday for the first time in 1936, when it ran an advertisement aimed at foreigners. Later, in 1953, it began promoting the giving of heart-shaped chocolates; other Japanese confectionery companies followed suit thereafter. In 1958, the Isetan department store ran a “Valentine sale”. Further campaigns during the 1960s popularized the custom.

The custom that only women give chocolates to men [on Valentine’s Day] may have originated from the translation error of a chocolate-company executive during the initial campaigns.

Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. (江崎グリコ株式会社, Ezaki Guriko Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese food company headquartered in Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka. Ezaki Glico’s primary business is manufacturing confectionery products such as chocolate, chips, chewing gums and ice cream, and dairy products.

Kyoko Koizumi (小泉 今日子, Koizumi Kyōko) (born February 4, 1966) is a Japanese singer and actress.

渡辺 徹(わたなべ とおる、1961年5月12日 – ) は、日本の俳優、歌手、タレント、司会者。
Toru Watanabe is a Japanese singer, talent and TV host.

Chocolate is a usually sweet, brown food preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds that is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods.

Chiaki Kuriyama drinks up Suntory Marude Umeshuna Non-alcohol

Following feature appearances on several notable Japanese television programs, [Chiaki] Kuriyama made her Hollywood debut in director Quentin Tarantino’s 2004 film Kill Bill: Volume 1 as Gogo Yubari, the schoolgirl bodyguard of yakuza boss O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu).

An alcohol-free or non-alcoholic drink is a version of an alcoholic drink made without alcohol, or with the alcohol removed or reduced to almost zero.

Umeshu (梅酒) is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping ume fruits (while still unripe and green) in alcohol (焼酎 shōchū) and sugar.

[Suntory‘s] business has expanded to other fields, and the company now also makes soft drinks and operates sandwich chains.

Plum blossoms are often mentioned in Japanese poetry as a symbol of spring.

The kimono (着物, きもの) is a traditional Japanese garment. The term means “garment”; ki (着) means “to wear”, and mono (物) means “thing” or “object”.

Harumi Miyako (都 はるみ Miyako Harumi, born 22 February 1948) is a Japanese singer of enka.

Kirin Ichiban Shibori Together Under the Hanami Kotatsu

Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, flowers are (“hana”) in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry (“sakura”) or, less frequently, plum (“ume”) trees.

A kotatsu (炬燵) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, formerly a charcoal brazier but now electric, often built into the table itself. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere: for example the Spanish brasero.

Kirin Brewery sells two of the most popular beers in Japan: Kirin Lager [キリンラガービール], one of the country’s oldest beer brands which started brewing in 1888; and Ichiban Shibori [キリン一番搾り生ビール].

The members [of Japanese idol group Arashi] are Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki [相葉雅紀, seen here], Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun.

Shunsuke Kazama (風間 俊介 Kazama Shunsuke, born June 17, 1983 in Sumida, Tokyo) is a Japanese voice actor, actor, and singer affiliated with Johnny & Associates.

Johnny & Associates (株式会社ジャニーズ事務所 Kabushikigaisha Janīzu Jimusho) is a Japanese talent agency, formed by Johnny Kitagawa in 1962, which trains and promotes groups of male entertainers known as Johnnies (ジャニーズ Janīzu).