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Food & snacks

Fanta Japan

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Fanta Japan

whysojapan fanta cans us ukFanta is a well known drink all over the world. Fanta is created by and belongs to the Coca-Cola company. Fanta is mostly known for its orange fizzy drink and by far orange is most probably the most popular of all the flavours, almost all over the world.

On my first trip to Tokyo a friend to me told me to look out for the Fanta drinks while I was there. He said there are a lot of different flavours that we dont have here in Sweden. All you have to do is pass one of the vending machines on any street corner and you will see a slection of Fanta cans and bottles that you might not have back home.

Of couse, you can find the typical Fanta drinks. But in Japan they like to try seasonal flavour. For example, one flavour was released in limited addition, it came out in spring and was called Fanta Ume, which is a sort of Japanese plum that grows in the early part of spring. Thats the plus of living in a country that has a lot of people. Its a lot easier for a company to make a product for a limited time and sell lots of them.

Fanta grape

whysojapan fanta japanOne of the Fanta that I first tasted in Japan was a can that was purple and it looked to have a grapes on the can, so we gave it a try. The first thing I thought it tasted like was like a sort of bubblegum flavour. I really liked it! I have also been able to try it back here in Sweden. I’ve been able to get hold of both the US and UK versions of Fanta grape, since there is no Swedish version of the soft drink. But nothing beats the Japanese version of the drink. I found out that Fanta grape is the only version of Fanta that is sold in a glass bottle. This I found out after buying one and adding a photo of it to Facebook and was informed by a Japanese friend about it.

Fanta has even tried some very different drinks, like one thats called Fanta Moo Moo White, which was a zero calorie drink with extra calcium. Its sort of a fizzy milky yogurt drink, very different.

Some of the new flavours that are available in Japan are grapefruit, peach and ume. Some of the other flavours that are and have been available are Honey Lemon, Melon Cream, Fruit Punch, Pineapple, Apple and more.

It is definitely worth looking out for the different Fanta while youre in Japan and giving a flavour that you might never heard of a try.

Here’s the link to Fanta Japan: www.fanta.jp





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Mini beverages from Tomomasu

Mini beverages from Japan

whysojapan mini drinkDuring our latest trip to Tokyo we went to the island of Odaiba, where we visited a shopping mall called Decks. On the second floor there are lots of small shops that sell candy, some sell American candy, some sell Japanese candy. In one one of them they also sell all kinds of different carbonated drinks. This time I bought four drinks there to bring home with me to try. Three of them being the mini’s.

The drinks are called Mini Cola, Mini Orange and Mini Melon. The reason why they are called mini is because the size of the bottle. They’re really tiny! You get one big swig out of the bottle and its gone, but they’re  very cute. I think I would need maybe 4-5 to quench my thirst, but its a very unique thing to see. It’s something that I’ve never seen in the world before, so I had to buy them. I always find it fun to try different cola flavoured drinks from around the world so this was a must!

The drinks had a nice taste. It seemed that the cola one did taste a bit like an ice lolly that Ive eaten before. The other two where just as nice to try, but I think I liked the cola most out of the three.

The drinks are made by Tomomasu (http://www.tomomasu.co.jp) and they have been around for over 100 years now. They also make many other drinks that can be seen on their homepage. They are also known for making beer for kids, hopefully without any alcohol in it.

The bottles now sit empty on a shelf in the kitchen. The bottles are too cute to just throw away, so I will keep them there.

Have you tried any fun drinks from Japan?





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Potato Chip Grabber

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Japanese Potato Chip Grabber

The potato chip grabber was something I saw on the Internet before one our trips to Japan. It was something I said I just have to buy it. It seemed like such a crazy thing and so Japanese. So while in Japan we found it at Tokyu Hands and it did not cost too much, so I bought it.

The idea

why_so_japan_chips_grabber_03The idea of the potato chip grabber is that instead of using your fingers to pick a chip up, you use the potato chip grabber.

With the help of this you can pick the potato chip up and enjoy it with out getting greasy fingers from the potato chip. It can be annoying sometimes can be annoying, like lets say if you are sitting at your computer and you don’t want to get grease on the keys on the keyboard. it also bosts 3 functions that can been seen on the picture.

Now it is a fun idea, but it seems like this product was a bit of an over think. It takes a lot more time to use and its not that much of a major problem using your fingers to pick the potato chip up. If you don’t mind a bit of grease, its not a big problem really.

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The company behind it is Takmara Tomy who also makes lots of toys and gadgets. Its just one them ideas that is more thinking outside the box, maybe a bit far but then maybe not, since this product is now on sale in mosts parts of the world. I think most people, like me, buy it because its fun.

You may have seen this product on the show An Idiot Abroad 2. Karl Pilkington came across it when he was travelling in Japan.

Link to Takmara Tomy: http://www.takaratomy.co.jp

So what do you think of the Potato chip grabber? Would it make your life easier?





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Hanami in Stockholm

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Hanami – Cherry Flower Day in Stockholm

Every year the Japanese Society in Sweden celebrates hanami by organising Cherry Flower Day Festival (Körsbärsblommans Dag) in Kungsträdgården in central Stockholm. Kungsträdgården is an urban park area with a big fountain in the middle that is surrounded by lots of cherry trees. The blossoming of the cherry trees is a very special time in Japan (Ive written about it here) and I think its so lovely to have a bit of Japanese culture in Stockholm during this time.

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Because of the cold spring we’ve had this year, the blossoming of the cherry trees has been delayed, and we only have little buds at the moment. But that didnt stop the festival. The sun was shining and it was a lovely warm day!

Japanese clothing

We saw lots of lolitas, coplayers and people dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, like kimono. It was great to see so many Swedish young people being so into the Japanese culture. The lolitas pink looked amazing!

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Traditional Japanese culture

Traditional Japanese culture was represented in the stalls. Bonsai, shodo, furoshiki, igo, origami, try on a kimono and lots more.

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Lots of things to see

The stalls also had Lolita fashion for sale, there was a café, manga exhibition, kawaii games to try… There were fashion shows and performances with taiko drums, songs and dance. So much to see!

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Here are some more photos from the festival:

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Have you been to any Japanese festivals in another coutry outside of Japan?





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Kit Kat in Japan

Kit Kat and Japan

When Im in Japan I love visiting the confectionery shells in the convenience stores to see what I could find. Most of the candy I had never seen before. There are some that I know, like Pocky thats all over the world nowadays. But one of them that has a strong presents on the market is Kit Kat.

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Kit Kat in Europe

Kit kat in Europe is quite normal and boring really. Its normally just milk chocolate, but I have seen more flavours starting to come out onto the market, but noting as a great as the Japanese market is.

Kit Kat in Japan

Since Japan is a hard market to break into for a western company its nice when you do find a brand that you heard of before. But for Kit Kat its not just the normal milk chocolate that we are most used to. Instead, in Japan you find them in all diffrent flavours. Lots of them that I had never even seen or dreamed of. Quite often Kit Kat is sold in a sort of gift box pack where you get many small packs of the same flavor in. A box which can be great to take home as a gift for someone.

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Limited edition

Kit Kat is also often releasing limited edtion flavours. Here is a little list of flavours that are or have been available:

  • Rum & Raisin
  • Wasabi
  • Green tea
  • Strewberry cheese cake
  • Dark Soy Flour
  • Halloween Pumpkin Pudding and Cinnamon Cookie
  • Petite Bitter Chocolate
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  • Sweetness Raspberry
  • Yubari melon
  • Tea
  • Soy Sauce Limited
  • Shinshu Ringo Apple

 

Check out this link for more flavors and pictures:
http://stuffwecollect.com/kit-kats-from-japan-a-culinary-collecting-obsession

So, whats your favourite flavor of Kit Kat?





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