I was halfway through the chocolate when it struck me: I was eating Hello Kitty chocolate. I was eating Hello Kitty chocolate for breakfast. I was eating Hello Kitty chocolate for breakfast on my birthday.
I almost choked. Then I thought, oh hell, why not? So I finished it.
It's all for science, research and quality blogging.
Valentine's Day is approaching, which means shops are full of chocolate, which means any responsible blogger should do decent reportage, which means fearless, hands-on, empirical knowledge of the matter under discussion. It's called investigative reporting.
You can buy very expensive designer chocolate in specialist stores or department stores like Isetan, or you can opt for cheaper stuff – usually of the cute variety – in convenience stores. I bought the Hello Kitty and Snoopy chocolate at, umm, can't exactly remember, but I think it was a Ministop. Both contain eight small chocolates in the shape of the relevant character, and cost roughly ¥400.
The chocolate itself is remarkably tasty.
Right. You have questions. That plate? I didn't buy it myself! It was a present from my local konbini obachan, who’s adopted me as a charity case. See? It says Lawson at the bottom.
I will continue my Valentine's Day research for the greater good of humankind. Expect more updates.