Tokyu Hands to Hold Confection-Filled Valentine’s Day Project

23.January.2022 | FOOD

Starting January 8, Tokyu Hands stores in Tokyo are holding a special Valentine’s Day event called Chocolino Chocoliya featuring a variety of sweets! These aren’t just for giving to your sweetheart, but are perfect for friends and family too.

 

Products at a Glance

 

Tokyo Zoological Gardens Association / Ueno Zoo
Panda Set with Petit Gaufre & Chocolate Crunch: ¥1,188 (Tax Included) / Panda Baked Cookies: ¥997 (Tax Included)

Urusei Yatsura
Tote Bag: ¥1,760 (Tax Included) / Mug: ¥1,760 (Tax Included) / Star Chocolate: ¥486 (Tax Included)
Chocolate Assortment (5 pieces): ¥756 (Tax Included) / Chocolate Assortment (15 pieces): ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

Merry Chocolate Company
Merry Candy Chocolate Box: ¥378 each (Tax Included) / Assortment: ¥1,944 (Tax Included) 

 Mint Style

30-piece Handmade Kit Series: ¥1,620 each (Tax Included)

Mint Style

Make-at-Home Kit Series: ¥697 (Tax Included) 

Sumikko Gurashi

Silicon Mold Series: ¥935 (Tax Included)


This year’s project includes confections that can only be purchased at the Ueno Zoo, where twin baby pandas were recently born. Chocolates with retro-style packaging and those with motifs from popular anime series will also be available, so be sure to swing by and have a look!

 

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    The branding stamp itself is 2.5 x 2.5 cm and made of brass. Enjoy stamping things like pancakes, bread, dorayaki, sponge cakes, omelets, and other foods, along with fabric, leather, and wood products! Anything can become a piece of Sumikko Gurashi merchandise with this handy-dandy item.

     

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