Macha Latte

Brand: Starbucks Cost: 216 yen Found At: Family Mart Of all the things to make me homesick, it was the Happy Face podcast that made me really miss home the most. The podcast is a devastating look at serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson’s life and crimes, but more importantly, the focus of the narrative is... 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 →

Maxim’s Nouvelle Gamme Chocolatier

Brand: Maxim’s Cost: 297 yen Found At: Lawsons When I was in middle school, my mother and I stumbled across the Scarlet Pimpernel TV series – an obscure period drama from the very early 2000s starring Richard Grant, Martin Shaw, and Elizabeth McGovern – and we were completely taken by it. The plot, based on... 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 →

Nagomi Delicious Green Tea

Brand: Coca-Cola Cost: 129 yen Found At: Lawsons Coke is delicious. I love coke. The Coca-cola company does great things with its sugary beverages. But please do not mess with tea. Bottled tea is precious to me, and I do not trust the Coca-Cola company with the responsibility of making a quality cup of tea.... 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 →

Coconut Sugar Chocolate

Brand: Natural Lawsons Cost:  129 yen Found At: Lawsons   And as it was a Friday, and I particularly love coconut, I thought I’d treat myself to another of the fancy Natural Lawson’s chocolates that had made its way onto the shelves of my local roadside Lawsons. And I am so glad that I did.... Continue Reading →

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