Butter and Soy Sauce Crunchy Eringi Mushrooms

Brand: Sozai Found at: Bokkusu Oh no. I don’t even know where to start. These are horrific to the point that my brain cannot process the information that my mouth is giving me. Imagine butter popcorn that is also mushroom flavored. Now imagine that it is not only mushroom flavored, but artisanal mushroom flavored, with... Continue Reading →

Kinako and Black Sesame Milk Latte

Brand: Nittoh Found at: Bokkusu   For today’s first world problem: I miss drinks that come in sachets. Yes, in the midst of a global pandemic in which hospitals are overrun, jobs are disappearing, and everyone is more alone than ever, I am still able to find something banal to whine about. You’re welcome world.... Continue Reading →

One-Bite Green Tea Warabi Mochi

Brand: Nagatanien Found At: Bokkusu   ‘A sweet and bitter green tea jelly that you eat from a package’ – described accurately, this snack hardly seems appealing. The packaging, too, is quite off-putting as only a packet of jelly can be. But as unappetizing as it seems, the taste is something transcendent – that quintessential... Continue Reading →

Crispy Chewy Shonan Gold

Brand: Shonan Toffee Found At: Bokkusu   This candy disintegrates faster than my self-control when encountering any temptation. Sitting in its packaging, it’s quite sturdy - I’ve tried to crush it with no success. Yet as soon as you pop it in your mouth, it shatters into a fine, lemony powder. It’s how I imagine... Continue Reading →

Gobo Chips with Seven Spice Powder

Brand: Sozai Found at: Bokkusu   This is the most hipster thing I think I’ve ever eaten and I LOVE IT. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool hipster, after all; how could I not?   And as a hipster extraordinaire, I can attest that gobo is possibly the most absurd of the obscure Japanese vegetables. There’s just nothing... Continue Reading →

Foot of a Mount Hakone Black Tea

Brand: Kanagawa Ken Noukyo Chagyo Center Found at: Bokkusu Region: Kanagawa     Japanese tea is amazing and you can’t convince me otherwise. There are so many varieties with such a broad range of flavors that you can spend a lifetime and still only drink a tiny fraction of the tea that is out there.... Continue Reading →

Sakura Mochi

Brand: Marusantamakiya Found At: Bokkusu Region: Nagano   It’s been a long, cold, wet winter here in Scotland. Storm after storm has pelted us with rain, and wind, and hail. Living next to a popular club, I spent many a dreary evening sitting at the bay window with my neighbors and watching young people in... Continue Reading →

Yogurt Gummies

Brand: Sugimoto Found at: Bokkusu   I hate it. I get it. But I hate it.   Yogurt is just spoiled milk that we’ve tricked ourselves into being able to digest. I’m ok with that – it’s not as if most dairy products are much better, and everyone here knows how much I love dairy.... Continue Reading →

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