神森真理子

Preacher for Japanese culture and representative director for JTCL

KAMIMORI Mariko

Spreading the joy of Japanese culture and cuisine. Currently developing web school projects and traditional Japanese weddings.

Two techniques featuring together! Esprit of Paris with carefully selected ingredients from Kyoto and the traditional beauty of Kyoto’s Yuzen dye.

As we approach the beginning of spring, from today we can start to see the signs of spring even though it is still a bit cold. Any time that Valentine's Day approaches I would recommend with confidence these chocolates for anyone who wants to give a chocolate gift truly different to other chocolate gifts. Chocolat de Kissho brings the charms of cuisine together with Japanese aesthetic sense.

Chocolat de Kisshou is a collaboration brand between Ms. Tomomi Chiba who works as the patisserie chef for a 5-star hotel in Paris, and who has studied under Mr Alain Ducasse, and a venerable Kyoto Tegaki (hand drawing) Yuzen (type of dyeing) store called Yoshikawa SenSho.

White Miso, Kuro Shichimi (black seven spices), Japanese Sake, Yatsuhashi (a popular Japanese sweet from Kyoto), and more - you can taste carefully selected ingredients which are the tastes of Kyoto!

The flavors are made up of 8 special flavors, Natural, White Miso, Kyoto Matcha, Sakura (cherry blossom), Franboise, Kuro Shichimi, Japanese Sake, and Yatsuhashi.

They only use select and luxurious ingredients and high quality Kyoto tastes, like Honda Miso Honten store’s Nishikyo White Miso, Hararyokaku store’s Kuro Shichimi (Black seven spices), Yamamasa Koyamaen store’s matcha (weak (powdered) tea) which is called Ogurasan, Shogo-in store’s Yatsuhashi, and Tsukino Katsura store’s original Honjozo Dai Gokujo Nakagumi Nigori sake, a liquor made from rice but which can be compared to champagne. They have captured Kyoto’s taste in chocolate, which for Kyoto fans makes for an ecstatic combination!

You can enjoy a range of food textures and tastes, for example a sweet taste, a sour taste, a salty taste, a bitter taste, as well as a smooth texture that leaves you with a melt-in-the-mouth feeling, a crispy taste, and more. You can delight in the different food textures, and rich flavors that are packed into one box. Even people who are not fans of sweets can enjoy the flavors of chocolates like Kuro Shichimi, White Miso, and Japanese sake.

Absolutely beautiful to see! Patterns like Shippo (Cloisonne, French metal working technique), Arabesque pattern, and Kozuchi (small decorated mallet wielded by the god Daikokuten said to grant wishes).The charming eight types of Kissho patterns

Eight different auspicious Japanese traditional Kissho (good fortune) patterns have been drawn on the surface of each of the eight different flavors.

You can find patterns that represent, for example, Noshi (symbol of goodwill) which is a wish for longevity, Shippo (Cloisonne)  which expresses harmony and peace, Clouds which represent bumper harvests and luck, the Arabesque pattern which is a wish for longevity and prosperity for descendants, Yukiwa (snowflake-shaped family crest) which represents a desire for good fortune and peace, Kozuchi for increasing luck and wealth, Chrysanthemum for perpetual youth and sound health, and Sakura (cherry blossoms) for marking life and devotion to god.

The colorful Kissho patterns incorporate the thought of conveying good omens, and a beauty that wants to be displayed for a while like a fine artwork.

Although we recommend the Unkin box which has all eight chocolates, you can also purchase smaller three-piece boxs like Reika, Zuisho and Fuki. With your favorite flavor, it's fun to choose patterns which you like, and to choose Kissho (good fortune) patterns that match your wishes. It is also really nice how it really sparks off a conversation about the story behind these chocolates when you give them to someone. The package is also elegant, and it is a chocolate that older people too can enjoy.