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PingMag has an amazing roundup of bizarre and wonderful chocolates from Japan. I’m drooling over the gyoza stuffed with bean paste and chocolate ganache. They say:

Valentine’s Day is upon us, again. Now in Japan, the custom of women giving chocolate to men on this day has been quite strongly established: Thanks to clever marketing campaigns, the girls have to buy a lot at special items at department stores across the country. There, you find all sorts of cacao temptations, from luxury truffles by chocolatiers to “all-you-can-pack” types. So if you want to impress the boy next door you have been eyeing for a while, PingMag recommends you to get some very special, uniquely shaped chocolate that might leave an impact…

For those of you who don’t know it, PingMag is an amazing online design magazine based in Tokyo with articles ranging from Brazilian carnival costumes to Malaysian seal engravers to, well, weird chocolate. They also started a cool series of interviews with rural Japanese craftsmen. Link.