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 →

Sangria Chocolate

Brand: Meito Cost: 108 yen Found at: Daiso   I have not been in Japan long enough to fully distinguish between the waves of seasonal food flavors and the waves of fad food flavors. I’m starting to recognize what is eaten when, but there is still so much that I have to learn when it... Continue Reading →

Premium Cheesecake Chocolate

Brand: Tirol Cost: 45 yen Found at: Family Mart   I don’t love cheesecake.   Which is odd, because I have a massive sweet tooth and I love cheese. But cheesecake has just never quite won me over. It’s disconcertingly both moist and dry – and that vaguely creeps me out. This is not something... Continue Reading →

Strawberry with Whipped Cream Sandwich

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 297 yen Found at: 7-11   I don’t know if a strawberry whipped-cream sandwich represents my life peaking or hitting rock bottom. I suppose it depends on which organ you ask. And while it may have dealt a coup de graceto my long-suffering pancreas, it was nevertheless amazing. It’s the dream lunch... Continue Reading →

One Nut Manju

Brand: Rice Shop Stock Company Cost: 145 yen Found at: Family Mart   Why do the snacks in Japan still contain whole, boiled chestnuts? It’s not autumn, chestnut season has passed, but still, I try to have a tasty treat and BAM – a chestnut: just sitting there, soggy and soft and smugly unnecessary. The... Continue Reading →

Lipovitan D Challenge Cup

Brand: Taisho Medicine Cost: 157 yen Found at: Family Mart   A biologist friend is doing research on seasonal effective disorder on fish. She told me about it over dinner – how the summer fish cluster together and socialize together in one tank, and the winter fish flee to their separate sides to avoid their... Continue Reading →

Star Chip Chocolates

Brand: Fujiya & YBC Cost: 130 yen Found at: Family Mart   After the first chocolate, I thought to myself, “Ah, yes - just another gimmick to sell chocolates.” The second chocolate confirmed my suspicions: the chips were not nearly salty enough to be truly delicious. The third chocolate, eaten in the interest of fairness,... Continue Reading →

Bean Craftsman

Brand: Bourbon Cost: 147 yen Found at: Family Mart   Spring has come to Japan with the celebration of the Setsubun festival on February 3rd. This festival is part of the Lunar New Year and involves throwing roasted soybeans beans at the head of the household, who is dressed up as an oni – a... Continue Reading →

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