Nippon Moriage, 1891-1921
This chocolate pot is distinct from teapots & coffee pots because of its short, wide spout. It is both easy to pour from and easy to clean once the rich chocolatey contents have been poured out. Considering its golden highlights and Art Nouveau appearance, it was probably designed for European tastes. Japan was first exposed to chocolate by Dutch traders in the Meiji era (1868-1912), but it didn’t become popular until the Second World War. Chocolate was included in American military rations for the first time in the 1940s, and when troops occupied the island, soldiers would often throw candy to groups of Japanese children. Since then, the Japanese have grown quite fond of chocolate. They now produce an astonishing array, from green-tea flavored Kit-kats to the famous Koala yummies.