St. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and chocolate is occupying the thoughts of many people across the nation.

But for Valentine Morozoff, chocolate is much more than a mere seasonal delicacy. It is his livelihood -- and the emblem of a bittersweet life his emigre family has carved out in their adopted homeland for 80 years.

Morozoff, a third-generation Russian immigrant, is president of Kobe-based Cosmopolitan Confectionery.