Product placement #20–Avocado and Cheese Jagariko

There’s about a million things I should be writing about other than avocado flavored sticks (like my trip to Taipei, Takayama & Toyama, various goodbye parties I’ve had, etc…) but this is easy! And in the end, easy is better, right??! First of all, when I saw this guy in the store I thought it…

Product placement #18–Halloween Edition

Aggh, what happened? Where did October go? And more importantly, why didn’t I post this three weeks ago?? (It’s been sitting in my drafts since then!) Sorry fans–I know you’re irate, but it’s never too late for some Halloween cheer, right??? Fall–my favorite season. Halloween–my favorite holiday. I really can’t get enough of October and…

Product placement #17-Soup Cheetos

While living in Japan I’ve noticed that many products come in a variety of strange flavors. Often these flavors are available only for a limited time, and coincide with a particular holiday or season. I’m not sure if these Cheetos pertain to any holiday or season in particular, but it might have something to do…

Product placement #16-crabby bread

There was definitely an element of fear when I bought this bread. I was sure it was going to be stuffed with creamed crab. I was intrigued by the images on the side of the packaging. It appears there are instructions for the order in which you should eat the bread. As you remove legs,…

Product placement #15-faux ice cream cones

The box says “Petite Pastel.” I was mostly intrigued by the mini-ice cream cones. Let’s see what these little cones look like. Pretty cute. Mediocre chocolate for the cones. The “ice cream” part had a soft bit on the outside, and was slightly chewy on the inside. I didn’t notice any difference in flavor between…

Product placement #13–mini treats

These little mini-treats, known as ブルボン プチ, or Bourbon Petite, can be found at most stores in Japan. There are tons of flavors, but usually are some kind of little cookie. Here’s their website to learn more about these delightful little guys: Bourbon Petite Their mascot is this little bear guy: Each little treat is pretty…

Product placement #8–Animal crackers

I think I found the Japanese version of US animal crackers.   Obviously they are meant to teach kids the English words for animals. It would be more beneficial for me for them to be in Japanese, but oh well. But the back of the box has all the animals listed in Japanese and English!…