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 →

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 →

Miso Pork Cutlet

Brand: Kakukyuu Cost: 324 yen Found at: Lawson   One of the staple flavors of Nagoya food culture is that of red miso. Red miso, unlike the white and yellow varieties, is made with more soybeans and aged for longer, giving it a stronger, earthier umami taste. As I have a significant salt bias, it’s... 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 →

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 →

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