Walker’s Pure Butter Shortbread

Brand: Walkers Cost: Gift Found at: Lawsons   I am sad to say that I will soon be leaving Japan and its wonderful snacks. I’m off, instead, to Scotland. I need to go to graduate school, after all, and what better place to pursue an expensive degree than to a country where the local currency... Continue Reading →

Mushroom Pizza Bread

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 158 yen Found at: 7-11   It kills me to say this, it really does, but I did not enjoy this pizza bread. There were good parts, certainly - the bread was soft and the bacon chewy – but the overall experience was just so… oily. And not in the fun way... Continue Reading →

Mochi Mochi Chocolate – Ganache

Brand: Bourbon Found at: Lawsons   My father’s favorite aphorisms is “gilding the lily,” declaimed at such wonton excesses as eating bacon on a burger, putting chocolate sauce on ice-cream, and wearing earrings and makeup to the same event. It’s one of a long line of fatherly one-liners that later turn out to be references... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cake (Matcha)

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 213 yen Found at: 7-11   There are days that call for salads and fruits, and there are days that call for the richest, thickest, most decadent cake in the shop. And 7-11 makes some decadent cakes. I suspect that this one is made exclusively of butter, sugar, and matcha (green tea)... Continue Reading →

Mt. Fuji Onigiri (rice ball)

Brand: Onigiri Shop Cost: 222 yen Found at: Lawsons   The older I get, the more I learn to love the cheesy, the tacky, and the camp things in life. Gone are the days of “oh my god, gold pants” to be replaced with the era of “OH MY GOD GOLD PANTS!”- and I am... Continue Reading →

Look Heisei Sweets

Brand: Fujiya Cost: 129 yen Found at: Ministop   It’s official! The name of the new era in Japan has been announced. As of April 30th, the Heisei Era (“peace everywhere” era)  – the 31 year-long era in which I was born – will be over and the Reiwa (“joyful harmony”) era will begin. For... Continue Reading →

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