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 →

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 →

Squash Macrobiotic Cookies

Brand: Natural Lawson Cost: 198 yen Found at: Lawson   My first response to these cookies was a solid “no.” I had one, it was chalky, and because I am mild-to-moderately resistant to new experiences, I was not having it. I didn’t care how macrobiotic or naturally sweet it was, I didn’t care that it... Continue Reading →

Shiroi Koibito

Brand: Ishiya Co., Ltd. Cost: 700 yen for 12 cookies Found at: Break Room (from Hokkaido) The problem with the jump between Japanese and English is not the grammar, not the vocabulary, not even the overflow of verb structures on either side of the divide. The issue, it seems, is that of the utter failure... Continue Reading →

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