2016.1.22
Gift Hiroshima

USHIO CHOCOLATL: The Chocolate Workshop on Mukoujima Island, Shimanami Kaido!

Did you know that Mukoujima Island has a chocolate factory? Known only to a select few, it is located by Shimanami Kaido, the highway that has become hugely popular among cyclists.

 
 
Deep in the mountains surrounded by greenery, USHIO CHOCOLATL, a café and workshop with views of Shimanami Kaido and the beautiful islands, is located on the 2nd floor of Tachibana Shizenkatsuyou.

 

 

Shinya, the manager, Yassan and A2C, are three jolly comrades who manufacture and sell simple chocolate made only with cacao and sugar, which is as "fun" and "delicious" as their nicknames!

 
 
A café with a fantastic view of the Shimanami Kaido scenery, not only is the shop visited by tourists, but cyclists come by, as well. 

 

 

This is chocolate by USHIO CHOCOLATL.

While the cacao beans are imported through direct trade and home-roasted, the chocolate is handmade from the start. It has a rich cacao flavor coupled with the simplicity of the raw materials; delicious and very addictive.

The differences in texture also make the chocolate fun; "smooth" is a velvety kind of chocolate and "cranch" has a crunchy texture.

 
 
The café's original drinks such as "chocolate drink" and "cacao soda" made with cacao are also really popular. 

 

 

Starting with the concept, the visuals, and the natural raw materials, USHIO CHOCOLATL's chocolate is different from any that came before! The café and workshop may well become a new Onomichi famous spot, and of course it also offers a variety of souvenirs to take home. 

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USHIO CHOCOLATL

Location: Tachibana Shizenkatsuyou Mura Surveillance Center 2200, Tachibana, Mukoujima-cho, Onomichi city, Hiroshima prefecture
http://ushio-choco.com/ (Japanese)

Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Asami Asai & Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)

 

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Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/

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