お年玉 Kit-Kat

8 Dec

Last January, I wrote about Kit-Kat Japan‘s special chocolates for kids taking their school entrance exams (click here to read it).

I gave a box to my oldest daughter last winter when she was taking her high school entrance exams.
This year, my second daughter is in the ninth grade (final year of junior high school), so she’ll be taking her high school entrance exams next month. I’ll be buying the chocolate for her next month.

But right now, Kit-Kat Japan has another special box.
It’s 「お年玉 Kit-Kat」 (“Otoshidama-Kit-Kat“).

(Otoshidama Kit-Kat)

「お年玉」 (Otoshidama) is gift money given to children at New Years time.
It’s a Japanese tradition. Kids can receive special envelopes of money from all of their adult relatives at New Years until they turn twenty-years-old.

This Kit-Kat box has a special envelope pocket on the side to put money inside and a space to write “To” and “From”.
It also has a tiger on the box because 2010 will be the “Year Of The Tiger“.

Usually Japanese kids get 「お年玉」 (New Years gift money) in envelopes like these:

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And, unrelated, the “2010 Tokyo Marathon” will take place on 2010 February 28.

Last March, I wrote about the “2009 Tokyo Marathon“.
Click here to read it.

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5 Responses to “お年玉 Kit-Kat”

  1. cuteandcurls December 9, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    Holy cow thats alot of Kit Kat flavours to choose and I see a few that I like to try but like you I like bitter chocolates better than milk or sweet ones. I like the traditions that you have in Japan like this one ..I think its sweet (no puns) and very encouraging to a child. The only time a child in my society would receive money like this is during the celebration of Eid. I recently received a 2010 calendar from my friend in Japan, a Hello Kitty calendar with the greetings printed on it ..its like receiving a nengajo itself.

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    • tokyo5 December 10, 2009 at 3:37 am #

      >thats alot of Kit Kat flavours

      Yes, and the ones I show in this post I wrote last January doesn’t even show all of the flavors that Kit-Kat has in Japan.

      >like receiving a nengajo

      Do you know what Nengajyou is?
      Do you send Nengajyou?

      I send many every year. It’s a Japanese New Year tradition…alot of work (like X-mas cards in the West). 😉

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      • cuteandcurls December 14, 2009 at 8:56 am #

        Holy mother of kit kats!! Those flavored kit kats are tempting the curious side of me. Have you tried any of those?

        Yes I know what a Nengajyou is and would love to send one..i did send some last year for the first time but I’d like to make one more decorative compare to the previous year’s plain ones. Its actually not bad compare to Xmas as Ive got tons of Xmas cards to send whereas nengajyou ive only got a few to send.

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      • tokyo5 December 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

        >Have you tried any of those?

        Only a few. I don’t have much of a “sweet tooth“.

        >Ive got tons of Xmas cards to send whereas nengajyou ive only got a few to send.

        I’m the other way. I don’t send X-mas cards at all…but many Nengajyou.

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  2. tokyo5 December 9, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    I also wrote a post about some of the many flavors of Kit-Kat in Japan:

    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/kit-kat-japan/

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