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Nearly everyone in Japan knows GODIVA is a luxurious chocolate brand. We could find their shops in department stores and shopping malls all over Japan. We think GODIVA is convenient for gifts because it’s so famous, which means buying them is a kind of certification for decent men and women. In the gift-giving season or occasions which needs gifts, for instance Valentine’s day, everyone thinks that “how about buying chocolate at GODIVA?” I guess most people have had this thought at least once. Now, GODIVA’s shops count over 250 in Japan.

GODIVA was born in 1926 in Belgium. Pierre Draps Senior (Sr.), together with the support and help of his family, created chocolates that were sold in the sprucest department stores of Belgium. After his death, the small family-run business was grown up dramatically by the four children. GODIVA was named after Lady Godiva, who became an old English legend.

I went to the shop which lies in Rue de l etuve, just across Manneken pis. In the first place, I didn’t mean to eat their chocolate in Brussels because I can eat them in Japan. However, once I looked at their chocolatier creating their delicacy in their kitchen through their window, I changed my mind!


Big strawberries were dipped in chocolate by hand in turn. It’s so funny that human’s psychology will change by seeing this progress. Finally, I bought a strawberry dipping, which costs 2 euros each.


The strawberry was sweet but the chocolate is, of course, sweeter than it. This combination was perfect! Besides, the quality of the strawberry was excellent – because it’s GODIVA!


If you are in Brussels, this kind of performance by artisans will caught you heart!