Spicy-Numbing Green Peas

Brand: Numbing King Cost: 108 yen Found At: Daiso I can’t shake the feeling that I’m chewing on an Ikea coffee table. It’s possible that the peas were too vigorously dehydrated. It is possible that the spicy-numbing flavor is vaguely reminiscent of the smell of wood varnish. It’s possible that I’m just not as crazy... Continue Reading →

Melonpan

Brand: Famima Bakery Cost: 110 yen Found At: Family Mart The amount of effort required to make a melonpan is obscene. I know, I know. Here’s another West Coast liberal weighing in on a hot-button issue from a position of privilege, but I’ve watched the youtube video. I’ve seen the amount of sifting and creaming... Continue Reading →

Tebasaki Snacks

Brand: Yama-chan (?) Cost: 149 yen Found At: Lawsons The second graders did a school play in English this year. It was an ambitious production, seeing as only one of the three second-grade teachers is comfortable in English, but they managed to pull it off – to the delight of all the English-speaking teachers and... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Rice Flour Bread

Brand: Lawson Bakery Cost: 130 yen Found At: Lawsons It’s autumn, I am a white woman, and if you think I would pass up a gluten-free, pumpkin-flavored muffin, then you don’t truly understand the experience of a white woman in the autumn. I’m not even gluten-intolerant!             There is something wonderful about being able to... Continue Reading →

Wasabi Inari Sushi

Brand: Unsure Cost: 150 yen Found At: Lawsons Inari Sushi is one of those Japanese foods that I know picky eaters would like, but that I can never convince them to try. I’ve tried all sorts of lines, “It’s just sweet tofu!” and “There’s 100% no fish and no seaweed in this” and even “it’s... Continue Reading →

Beef Rosette

Brand: Nadori Cost: 378 yen Found At: 7-11 In my defense, the font was unclear, and I was under the impression that I was, in fact, buying beet chips. They struck me as a little expensive, but beets are not common in Japan, so I didn’t think too much about it. But instead of getting... Continue Reading →

Crunchy Sweet Potato Sticks

Brand: Morinaga Price: 100 yen Found At: Family Mart I don’t get it. I’ve tried to get it. I’ve thought about it. I’ve reasoned through it. I’ve eaten several to see if I’ve missed something. I’ve tried to approach it logically, emotionally, scientifically, but to no avail. I’m sorry to say that I just don’t... Continue Reading →

Ninja Fuwamaru Corn Snacks

Brand: Tohato Price: 78 yen Found At: AEON   I love the campiness of these chips. The bag features the image of a woodblock-style ninja and the legend: “Floating, weightless and then suddenly vanishing into your mouth.” It’s the kind of hype that I love in a snack – go big, or go home. Despite,... Continue Reading →

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