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Keyboard-Shaped “Jazz Yokan” Now Comes in Matcha Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for something unconventional to offer your musically-inclined Valentine this year? Look no further.

If you're in the Tokyo area, make a beeline for the Seibu Department Store at Ikebukuro station and pick up one of these "Jazz Yokan," now available in Chocolate and newly-released Matcha Chocolate versions for Valentine's Day 2020.

The Jazz Yokan was created over six years ago by CREEKS., a general merchandise store, cafe and gallery in the Yufuin District of Oita Prefecture. A harmonious fusion of East and West, it brings together the traditional Japanese bean paste confection known as yōkan 羊羹 and Western confection elements such as spices and wine-marinated figs, topping it with an artfully rendered piano keyboard design, as you can see from their promotional video below:

Valentine's Day versions

While the classic version of "Jazz Yokan" has been a hit for many years, the shop has now created a new version for Valentine's season 2020, matcha chocolate.

Jazz Yokan Chocolat & Jazz Yokan Matcha Chocolat

Why not sample both of them?

Jazz Yokan Chocolat has a white bean paste yokan base with a couverture chocolate coating and contains dried cherries, figs and raisins, while the new Jazz Yokan Matcha Chocolat replaces dried fruits with a luxurious paste made of prized Dainagon azuki beans, to which are added a layer of matcha and chocolate bean paste. For the first time in the Jazz Yokan series, the keyboard is rendered to look like a harpsichord with keys made of chocolate yokan. Finally, whole Dainagon beans are added as an accent.

You can eat these chocolaty Jazz Yokan bars with a spoon, but they look particularly elegant and may even last longer if you serve them in slices.

To see more images and get more information on the new Jazz Yokan Matcha Chocolat, see the shop's website here.

Valentine's Day packaging with gold foil hearts

Only for Valentine's Day, you can get them in special packaging with gold foil hearts.


  • Jazz Yokan Chocolat: 2,592 JPY (incl. tax)
  • Jazz Yokan Matcha Chocolat (NEW): 2,646 JPY (incl. tax)

Where you can get them

Both varieties are now available at the 7th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro until February 14th (Fri.) For more details, see Seibu Ikebukuro's "Chocolate Paradise" website here.

By - Ben K.