Omiyage – Pasalubong – Souvenirs: Dars

It’s Christmas season here so I hoarded several sweets and snacks that I personally love here in Japan and would like my mom and brother to try back home. This can also be a nice and omiyage/pasalubong/souvenir to take home with you when you visit Japan!

The Japanese culture of bringing back something from a trip to friends, co-workers and loved ones at home is pretty similar to the Philippines. The Japanese call it Omiyage and Filipinos call it Pasalubong. The only difference between both is that it’s a huge social taboo in Japan if you didn’t get any for your co-workers. In the Philippines, it’s a matter of free choice (because of course, not everyone has the extra dough to spend and your co-workers will understand that). I think it is very different from the concept of souvenirs because souvenirs are something you buy for yourself as a memento. Omiyage and Pasalubong are something you buy for other people but I just couldn’t find the right word in English. The second choice in this series is Dars.



What I like about Dars is that it has lots of flavors/variety that you can have fun trying out. Dars has the Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Bitter Chocolate and probably the limited edition Premium Milk. I also love that it comes in a tiny and handy box that you can slip into the tiny nooks and crannies of your travelling suitcase (heck, even your pocket!). For this winter season, they have the special golden box of Premium Milk that is perfect for gift-giving. It’s cute that the Bitter Chocolate flavor still feels like Halloween. Haha!



Dars is a classic. Yeah, it can be found anywhere and the quality is not at par with expensive chocolates, of course. But seriously, I would still appreciate receiving this because I love all kinds of chocolate! Haha!



All yours for around 80 yen per box. Perfect for hundreds of office mates or the Filipino inaanak.


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Paula Lapizar

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Chemical Engineer. Daughter. Sister. Lover. Tree-Hugger. Bargain Hunter

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