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Chocolate embodying style, romantic fervor

Some matches are meant to be. That’s certainly the case with one of Tokyo’s most iconic hotels, The Okura Tokyo, and celebrated Belgian Royal Warrant chocolatier Pierre Marcolini with the release of the Silver Heart Coffret ed. 2020 from Feb. 1 to March 31 (¥3,000 plus consumption tax) — just in time for Valentine’s and White days.

The collaboration, a limited edition seven-piece chocolate assortment, is presented in an elegant silver heart-shaped box. Yet it’s what’s inside that counts, with original chocolate developed by Marcolini especially for The Okura Tokyo, Original Milk and Original Matcha, making an appearance alongside a blushing ruby raspberry heart, a gold-flecked, disk-shaped chocolate and a whimsical animal-shaped caramel.

The Silver Heart Coffret ed. 2020 is available for purchase from Chef’s Garden delicatessen in The Okura Prestige Tower, revamped and newly opened since the hotel, formerly known as the Hotel Okura Tokyo and renowned for its Japanese modernist architecture, completed major renovation works in 2019.

The Okura Tokyo is 10 minutes from Toranomon and Tameike-sanno stations. For more information on this promotion, visit theokuratokyo.jp/en/letter/news/takeout-winter-2020/ or call 03-3505-6072 (Chef’s Garden).

Love takes form in many delectable treats

Valentine’s Day means chocolate and at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Fiorentina Pastry Boutique, the hotel’s iconic Love Chocolate (¥4,500 plus tax) that literally spells “LOVE” is available for purchase from Feb. 1 to 14. Also of note is collaboration between hotel pastry chef Hiroshi Kaneko and lauded French chocolate brand Cacao Barry with the release of Grande H chocolate — a well-rounded, 70 percent cacao blend boasting a slightly sour aftertaste and fragrant notes of spice and wood. The chocolate is used to great effect in the Grand Premium Shortcake Chocolat (¥1,800 plus tax), while the space-themed Chocolat Cosmos 2020 chocolate selection (¥3,500 plus tax) speaks of a universal love.

White Day on March 14 — when men in Japan reciprocate for the chocolate they received on Valentine’s Day with chocolate and sweets — sees a playful collection of mouthwatering goodies on sale at the boutique from Mar. 1 to 14. A strawberry chocolate log (¥950 plus tax), golf ball chocolate (¥2,000 plus tax) and icing cookies adorned with romantic, pastel imagery (¥850 apiece plus tax) are just a few of the items available.

Grand Hyatt Tokyo is three minutes from Roppongi Station. For more information, visit https://www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/en/restaurants/fiorentina-pastry-tokyo/ or call 03-4333-8713 ( (Florentina Pastry Boutique).

Strawberry sweets for that special someone

Given their heart shape, strawberries might share a natural relationship with love. Through Mar. 4, Hotel Universal Port, the official hotel of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, is exploring this relationship in its Winter Strawberry Cake Fair — Delivering Love With Strawberries.

Heading the list of five handmade Valentine’s Day sweets is the raspberry chocolate mousse (¥591), a chocolate pound cake base with crunchy crust and berry confiture layers, topped with chocolate mousse, heart-shaped decorations and strawberries.

The strawberry and matcha opera cake (¥591), with white chocolate and strawberry cream accented by matcha offers a bittersweet flavor. The mille-feuille (¥561) uses rich custard cream, whipped cream and strawberries topped with a heart-shaped pie crust.

Those who like to savor different flavors in one mouthful can enjoy the parfait (¥612) with rare cheesecake and chocolate mint mousse buried in strawberry mousse. There is also the Valentine’s Day version of the hotel’s popular strawberry shortcake (¥632).

Guests can take away these delights or enjoy them daily at Lounge R (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) or Rex Cafe (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Hotel Universal Port is three minutes from Universal-City Station. For more information, visit https://www.hoteluniversalport.jp/restaurant/rex/ or call 06-6463-5000.

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