This week on Valentine’s Japan News Roundup, guests soak in the sweetness with a chocolate spa, a Tokyo bar does Valentine’s day differently with a ‘unique’ menu, Valentine’s day has some upset people to answer to, and more.
Lovers of chocolate get to literally bathe in it as a hot spring/spa in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture brings on the delight. They’ll even paint on you in chocolate sauce to provide peak relaxation and happiness. Going on throughout the month of February, staff will start with dark chocolate and switch to white chocolate halfway through the month to represent Japan’s unique celebration of the holiday of Valentine’s day chocolate giving and White day reciprocation of gifts.
Japan Gears Up Against Disaster Risks with some High Tech
Local ward officials in Shinjuku, Tokyo test out a new potential new procedure for disaster response following the booming earthquake of 2011 and the inefficiencies of the procedure used during the incident to help people without transportation running. The experiment involves drones flown overhead sending and receiving radio signals, GPS data, and other information. Officials and drone experts also tested speakers that would voice commands to give instruction to citizens on where to go and what to do to be safe among other information. This would allow people in charge to know the full scope of what the situation is during a disaster event as the drone could send images of the entire landscape in real-time.
Valentine’s Day Brings a Different Kind of Treat in Tokyo: Bugs
Duranbar, located in central Tokyo, offers up guests a unique experience for Valentine’s Day, if you can keep it down. From sweet Thai water bug whipped cream to caramelized worms served with almonds and cashews, this bar offers up some interesting menu items for the courageous. The promoter of the event, a University student by the name of Yuta Shinohara, suggests that eating bugs can be fun and is a potential alternative sustainable food source. Even though bugs aren’t commonly in the eating habits of Japan, at least 2 billion people globally eat at least 1,900 species of insects as a food source.
Book Editor Miho Takeshita Finds Solace in Dating Sim; You Can Too
Romance Games and Dating Simulators have been growing in popularity throughout Japan on both mobile and home consoles. Now they’re hitting the mobile phone market and so far it’s a success. 30 year-old editor, Takeshita says “Even though the game characters aren’t real, you start developing feelings towards them.” Even though she’s a newly-wed, her current ‘boyfriend’ exists on her phone, to show affection whenever she needs it, a concept that’s hard to match from real people. Many app games can be downloaded for you dating pleasure including a series of ‘Ikemen’ games, or handsome guy games by Cybird. So for those of you not feeling particularly happy about Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to feel alone anymore.
And If You Really Dislike Valentine’s Day, You’re Not Alone.
Kakuhido, otherwise known as the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women find Unattractive, is a group of protesters active in Shibuya, Tokyo, with the goal of taking down this holiday of love. In particular, they are heavily against showing public displays of affection and the confectionery industry-invented concept of chocolate giving and White Day. They feel this oppressors those with less fortunate looks and point out that people unfairly see them as losers based solely on looks. If you’re inclined to agree with their sentiment against “Passion Capitalism”, then you too can voice your opinion knowing you have over ten years of protesters’ support.
That’s it for this week’s Japan News Roundup!