Walker’s Pure Butter Shortbread

Brand: Walkers Cost: Gift Found at: Lawsons   I am sad to say that I will soon be leaving Japan and its wonderful snacks. I’m off, instead, to Scotland. I need to go to graduate school, after all, and what better place to pursue an expensive degree than to a country where the local currency... Continue Reading →

Mushroom Pizza Bread

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 158 yen Found at: 7-11   It kills me to say this, it really does, but I did not enjoy this pizza bread. There were good parts, certainly - the bread was soft and the bacon chewy – but the overall experience was just so… oily. And not in the fun way... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cake (Matcha)

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 213 yen Found at: 7-11   There are days that call for salads and fruits, and there are days that call for the richest, thickest, most decadent cake in the shop. And 7-11 makes some decadent cakes. I suspect that this one is made exclusively of butter, sugar, and matcha (green tea)... Continue Reading →

Mt. Fuji Onigiri (rice ball)

Brand: Onigiri Shop Cost: 222 yen Found at: Lawsons   The older I get, the more I learn to love the cheesy, the tacky, and the camp things in life. Gone are the days of “oh my god, gold pants” to be replaced with the era of “OH MY GOD GOLD PANTS!”- and I am... Continue Reading →

Thick Slice Beef Tongue Onigiri

Brand: Onigiri Shop Cost: 189 yen Found at: 7-11   Sometimes, you feel a little fancy. Sometimes, you feel like slumming it. And when you feel like having it both ways, there’s beef tongue onigiri. It has all the fancy trimmings and ornate packaging of a much fancier cut, but is still, nevertheless the humble... 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 →

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 →

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