Tokyo stores sweeten post-COVID Valentine's Day

Boutique chocolates are lining department store showcases around Japan as Valentine's Day nears. This year, some retailers are offering pop-up serving areas so that buyers can enjoy treats on the premises.

The Seibu Ikebukuro department store in Tokyo is using its area to offer drinks that use cocoa husk. The so-called eat-in service is being introduced for the first Valentine Day season since covid restrictions were fully removed.

"This is the first Valentine's Day since COVID-19 was legally downgraded. I hope people will enjoy the experience of eating things that are only available here," said Sugita Daiki, who's in charge of the event at Seibu Ikebukuro.

The Shinjuku Takashimaya department store has a section where Japanese and French specialists prepare chocolate desserts on the spot.

Customers can enjoy the deluxe sweets with a drink, and take home a souvenir. Bookings are required for the service. It's priced from around 30 dollars.

A Takashimaya representative says many customers indulge in the service.