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 →

Tigresse Matcha

Brand: Gateau Festa Harada Cost: Break Room Found At: Break Room Not long ago, the sixth graders went to Kyoto on a school trip. They saw all the big sites – Kyomizudera temple with its beautiful view, the golden and silver pavilions that shine in the autumn sunlight, Sanjusangendo with its thousand life-sized statues of... Continue Reading →

Custard Cream

Brand: Yamasaki Cost: 100 yen Found At: Family Mart Sometimes, a girl needs custard in a pancake, and frankly, I don’t understand where all this judgment is coming from. There is nothing wrong with, now and then, selecting an aggressively saran-wrapped, vaguely worded, suspiciously unrefrigerated custard treat from the bottom shelf of a convenience store.... Continue Reading →

Black Sesame Marshmallow

Brand: Eiwa Cost: 108 yen Found At: Daiso I would not say that I am particularly connected to the marshmallow. I can definitely go for one now and then, especially when other snacks are thin on the ground, but I have not bonded to them in the way that I have with chocolate, cake, and... 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 →

Fried Black Bean Mochi

Brand: Tomidaya Cost: 198 yen Found At: Yamadai   Today, I discovered that I am the Julia Child of pre-packaged food.   Let me set the scene: I have just returned from the grocery store, having impulse bought a three-pack of fried, black bean mochi. But, I am horrified to discover, the grill marks are... Continue Reading →

Mango Pudding

Brand: Morinaga Cost: 158 yen for 3 Found At: Yamadai I did not need to know that they sold mango pudding in the grocery store across the street. I could have happily lived my life without this knowledge. I could have gone to the store every few days and passed by the “pudding” section, completely... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Brand: Family Mart Sweets Cost: 130 yen Found At: Family Mart   I do not feel comfortable attesting that there is any pumpkin in this – or that there is any pumpkin flavoring for that matter. I appreciate that the Family Mart is trying to put a festive twist on their pound cake and I’m... 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 →

Seasonal Japanese-Style Sweets

Brand: Owashima Temple Price: 238 yen Found At: AEON Autumn tea sweets, I’ve been waiting for you. I just cannot get enough of sweet bean paste or pounded sweet rice in an autumn shape. I’m crazy for tea sweets anyway, but dye them red and shape them into an autumn leaf and I am in... Continue Reading →

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