Mochi Mochi Chocolate – Ganache

Brand: Bourbon Found at: Lawsons   My father’s favorite aphorisms is “gilding the lily,” declaimed at such wonton excesses as eating bacon on a burger, putting chocolate sauce on ice-cream, and wearing earrings and makeup to the same event. It’s one of a long line of fatherly one-liners that later turn out to be references... Continue Reading →

Look Heisei Sweets

Brand: Fujiya Cost: 129 yen Found at: Ministop   It’s official! The name of the new era in Japan has been announced. As of April 30th, the Heisei Era (“peace everywhere” era)  – the 31 year-long era in which I was born – will be over and the Reiwa (“joyful harmony”) era will begin. For... 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 →

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 →

Banana Chips Chocolate

Brand: Jun Chocolate Cost: 108 yen Found at: Daiso   Shonen Knife is a Japanese all-girl punk band formed in 1981 that sings about food. It’s not the only thing they sing about, but it is a major feature in their discography with such hits as “I Wanna Eat Cookies” and “Ramen Rock.” From the... Continue Reading →

Lots of Strawberry Chocolate

Brand: Tirol Cost: 108 yen Found at: Daiso   Last weekend, my coworker invited me to go to on his family trip to a farm. He told me that we were picking strawberries and, having been to a fair few “pick-your-own” farms in my day (humble brag), I was not expecting very much. I assumed... Continue Reading →

Godiva Belgian Chocolate Sandwich

Brand: Uchi Café and Godiva Cost: 324 yen Found At: 7-11 “The Japanese diet is so healthy!” they said. “Japanese people are thin because they eat so well!” They told me. And then I showed up and I swear that this country is actively trying to give me diabetes. The sweets are the sweetest and... Continue Reading →

Crispy Chocolate Orange

Brand: Yaokin Cost: 54 yen Found At: Daiso When I was in middle school, one of the most popular ways to pass the time was to discuss “dream guys.” Never mind that our idea of romance came from 90s rom-coms that we would later disavow - or that in a few years many of them... Continue Reading →

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