Saturday, February 13, 2016
Valentine's Chocolate Month
Amu Plaza had a bunch of shops set up in the open area in front the department store for the second week of Feb. The advertising says "Chocolate Month", but the sign on the back stage says "Choco Paku (Park(?), "nibble" (?))", Feb. 8-14. I don't know if this means that they're having other events for the 3rd and 4th weeks, or if people just don't know what the definition of "month" is. (As a reminder, in Japan, Valentine's Day is when girls and women give chocolate to the men they have to deal with. Boyfriends get handmade chocolates, while male relatives and coworkers get cheap, store-bought "giri choco" (obligation chocolates)).
One of the tables just consisted of all the supermarket giri choco (think "Hershey's"). Some of the other tables were more high-end, in the $20 to $50 range for a single box. Another table was selling frozen chocolate ice in mylar bags. I didn't see a price on that, but it looked to be about $10 for one pouch, and was very popular with high school girls. I had to work on Friday, and I got to Amu Plaza at 5 PM, when just about all of the high-end stuff had sold out, so there wasn't much to take pictures of. And, I had to work all of Saturday. Sunday, it rained, so I stayed home for most of the day.
They did have a stage set up for "Choco Paku," but there was no schedule for live events for the weekend, so it may have been used simply as a backdrop, for announcers to advertise their products and a place to sit down and rest.