Rice and Crab Meat Onigiri

Brand: Kiwami Cost: 276 yen Found at: Lawson (I think) I keep pretending that I am a hard, rugged, outdoors girl. It’s become a burdensome chip on my shoulder that I can’t quite shake – whenever someone complains about city life or work expectations, I roll my eyes and remember the time I had it... Continue Reading →

Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Brand: N/A Cost: 500 yen Found at: Osu Kannon I love the sweet potato. It’s a millennial thing - like the quiet, shy, stepsister of the avocado. Roast it, bake it, steam it, stir-fry it, blend it into a soup there is nothing that cannot be improved by a little sweet potato. And now, I... Continue Reading →

Miso Pork Cutlet

Brand: Kakukyuu Cost: 324 yen Found at: Lawson   One of the staple flavors of Nagoya food culture is that of red miso. Red miso, unlike the white and yellow varieties, is made with more soybeans and aged for longer, giving it a stronger, earthier umami taste. As I have a significant salt bias, it’s... Continue Reading →

Green Smoothie One Day

Brand: Natural Lawson Cost: 198 Found at: Lawson Up to this point, I have been spoiled in my smoothie experiences. To say that this is awful is perhaps being too generous. In fact, I’m not sure that this is as much a smoothie as it is a salad that happened to fall into a blender.... Continue Reading →

Sweet Dried Plums of Good Sweetness

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 148 yen Found at: 7-11 An amazing thing has happened! A beautiful, wonderful, fantastic thing! The best thing that could happen at the end of a long, stressful week of work. A 7-11 has appeared a block from my house! Hitherto, the closest convenience store was a full 4 blocks from my... Continue Reading →

100% Hokkaido Bean Natto (3 packs)

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 128 yen Found at: 7-11 Natto. Please don’t tell me that I have learned to like natto. Natto is the pungent and distinctive local dish made from fermented soybeans. The slimy beans are covered with a slimy, mucusy goo – a result of the fermentation process – that creates long spiderweb strings... Continue Reading →

Black Sesame Macaroon

Brand: Kashiwado Cost: 100 yen Found at: Yamadai   Without a doubt, I live a charmed life. You might call it privilege, and that would be fair. Or you might call it dumb luck, and that would also be fair. And while I can’t myself speak to charms and spells and divine intervention, if you... Continue Reading →

Ginger Biscuits

Brand: Yamatono Cost: 100 yen Found at: Yamadai   I’m always interested in snacks that have an old person depicted on the packaging because there is always the possibility that it will turn out to be something fantastically weird that no modern person would dream of eating. The Japanese equivalent of the holiday fruit cake,... Continue Reading →

Sangria Chocolate

Brand: Meito Cost: 108 yen Found at: Daiso   I have not been in Japan long enough to fully distinguish between the waves of seasonal food flavors and the waves of fad food flavors. I’m starting to recognize what is eaten when, but there is still so much that I have to learn when it... Continue Reading →

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