Mar 12, 2018
Last year, Yawata Steel Works and its related facilities in Kitakyushu City were listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and since then a popular souvenir of sturdy looking nuts and bolts has made its appearance. If you try handling, or screwing and unscrewing them, they seem and feel real. Imagine your surprise when you realize they are actually made of chocolate! This unique item will fool children and adults as well, and many people buy them not only as a souvenir gift, but also for themselves. They have become so popular that they are often sold out even after production has been increased. These nuts and bolts come in two flavors: chocolate and cocoa. The cocoa ones, in particular, resemble rust which gives them a retro feel. Sold under the catchy name of "Neji-choko" (screw-chocolate), they are an original creation by Kitakyushu confectioner "Gran Da Zur". When looking for a heavy industry related souvenir for the "Iron Town" of Kitakyushu, nuts and bolts are just perfect. "Neji-choko" are a masterpiece of chocolate craftsmanship and a lot of work has been put in to give them a realistic look, including 3D printing. They cost as little as 64 yen each, and they can be found in 15 shops all over Kitakyushu, including the Izutsuya Kokura Station Shop, Izutsuya Kitakyushu Airport Shop, souvenir shops, etc.
GRAN DA ZUR
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed: Mondays (following day when it falls on a national holiday)
* This is the information as of June, 2017
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