Sweet Dried Plums of Good Sweetness

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 148 yen Found at: 7-11 An amazing thing has happened! A beautiful, wonderful, fantastic thing! The best thing that could happen at the end of a long, stressful week of work. A 7-11 has appeared a block from my house! Hitherto, the closest convenience store was a full 4 blocks from my... Continue Reading →

100% Hokkaido Bean Natto (3 packs)

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 128 yen Found at: 7-11 Natto. Please don’t tell me that I have learned to like natto. Natto is the pungent and distinctive local dish made from fermented soybeans. The slimy beans are covered with a slimy, mucusy goo – a result of the fermentation process – that creates long spiderweb strings... 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 →

Soft Chocolate Bread

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 138 yen Found at: Narita Airport 7-11 Last year, I resolved to eat healthier. In fact, I have been making this same resolution for the past several years – writing it down along with three or four other resolutions that I think about for two or three days and then lose in... Continue Reading →

Libera – Bitter

Brand: Glico Cost: 162 yen Found At: 7-11 It is my thin privilege to state that I don’t believe in “reduced fat” candy. It’s the same reason that I don’t believe in vegetarian bacon. It’s not that these things are bad, but I don’t approve of trying to make one thing into another thing. Inevitably,... Continue Reading →

Super Demon King – Dark Flames

Brand: Asahi Cost: 100 yen Found At: 7-11 When I thought about my life and my future, I never expected it to contain the sentence, “I expected these to be squid tentacles.” But life is funny, and I expected this small snack package to contain squid tentacles. In fact, when I opened up the package,... 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 →

Matcha White Choco Cookie

Brand: 7-11 Cost: A Gift from Lisa Found At: 7-11   I do not buy this cookie for myself. I cannot buy this cookie for myself. If I set that precedent, then it’s all over. Healthy eating promises will be broken, budgeting will go out the window – it’s less of a slippery slope and... Continue Reading →

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