meiji-black-chocolateWhile waiting for Clint to get his hair cut at the salon, his hairdresser showed me a Japanese game she got from her husband called “Meiji Black Chocolate”.

Meiji is the Japanese equivalent to “Hershey” in the US, or “Cadbury” in the UK.

Packaged like a bar of Meiji chocolate, Hanayama, a Japanese toy company, has created a Tetris-like puzzle using plastic shaped like pieces of chocolate.

In order to solve a puzzle, you need to combine the pieces to form the shapes on the back of the “chocolate box”. Your reward for doing this: having to face the equally challenging task of fitting the pieces back in the plastic box. Clint’s hairdresser had the box bursting with the plastic pieces that she could not fit back in, I don’t blame her.

Available right now only in Japanese bookstores. How is this for a factoid to share at your next dinner party?

Personally, I prefer the real stuff, with a bottle of nice red wine to boot.


Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite.