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Dora Pudding

I tried this new Dora Pudding どらぷりん today that I picked up at the Family Mart. This is a mix between a dorayaki, azuki bean filled pancake, and purin, custard pudding. I was expecting pudding and azuki inside the pancake but was…

Rilakkuma Pancakes

Time for a quick brekky, sitting down with Rilakkuma eating some pancakes. I bought this pancake shaper/maker on the net. Now that I have my Rilakkuma inside me, its time to get some work done. What do you like to have for…

Shibuya Rice

If you like your Japanese rice, then check out this Shibuya Rice. From the series where they took some Shibuya Gals out into the countryside and did some reality TV show style farming, you can now buy the rice on Rakuten. One bag of…

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a classic Japanese dish. It is made out of batter and contains anything you want to add like vegetables, meat, seafood, and then topped with sauce and mayo, sprnkled with green nori and sometimes bonito flakes. I was…

Shinagawa Beer

This Shinagawa-ken Beer brand was the first beer in Japan. Whilst we all know the popular brands of Sapporo, Asahi and Kirin it was a little known company based in Tokyo that produced this first beer of Japan. Back in 1869 (Meiji 2)…

Express Roll Cake

I am in Australia this week to promote a golf training club that Advance Partners has been involved with. I was in rush to get to the airport yesterday and was due to ride on the new Narita Express E259 train. Unfortunately, spending…

Japanese Giant Pumpkin

The 23rd annual Giant Pumpkin Contest was held on the weekend in Kagawa-ken. This years winner is shown in the video. the pumpkin weighed 508.4 kilograms. That's a lot of pumpkin. I wonder what they were feeding the soil to make one…

Cute Nikuman

Has anyone seen this cute looking niku-man (肉まん) at your local convenience store? Imura-ya will be selling these niku-man with the face of a bear from the 15th of this month. All of the face parts are supposedly edible. The meat inside…

Pocari Sweat

Most people know the Pocari Sweat drink from Otsuka Drink Co. One of the original sports drinks in Japan, it is still hugely popular today. You can buy this drink in large 2 litre bottles, 900ml bottles, 350ml bottles, cans and…

Umeshu

This is a guest post by Nicolas Soergel, the Managing Director of Chinriu Honten Limited, a company that has been producing and retailing traditional Japanese food since 1871. Nicolas explains some interesting information about Umeshu in…

JR Train Tea Found!

A while ago I wrote about the great tea drink product in the shape of the Yamanote Line. A lot of people asked me where they could buy it. Well, here it is on sale at Shinagawa Station inside the main concourse. If you enter the…

Ochazuke お茶漬け

Ochazuke is a great Japanese meal to have when you are not feeling well. Trying to keep the meals light and health while I get rid of this kidney stone, I decided to walk to Shibuya station and eat at the dashi chazuke restaurant in the…

Yatsuhashi

Yatsuhashi is a Japanese desert sweet. It is particularly well known as a product of Kyoto and can be bought at many of the tourist stores around the Temples. Yatsuhashi is made from rice flour and sugar and has a soft, mochi-like…

Yamanote Train Green Tea

You don't normally associate the Yamanote train line with green tea, but from April 20th, this year, Mokku company have been selling their unique product of bottled Green Tea in the shape of a train. There are versions for both the…

Where is Doria from?

Visiting restaurants in Japan that serve Western style foods, particularly Italian, you tend to see a lot of doria (ドリア) and gratin (グラタン) on the menu along with pizza and pasta. You can also find doria on the menu at many local Japanese…

Bento Lunch

I decided to get a bento lunch today from the corner store, rather than mingling with the crowds around the station. This is a delivery bento place but since I live so close by I dropped down to pick up a quick TeriMayo Chicken (照りマヨチキン).…

Do you prefer Chocolate or Caramel Beer?

We are passed Valentine's Day now but one product which has proven a hit and is sticking around long after the novelty should have worn off is Sweet Beer. There are two stand out types with a number of brands competing for market share.…

Convenience Store Escape

Its a slow day in Tokyo, but the pace of change at the convenience stores is fast. Every time I visit there are new products on the shelf and the old ones seem to disappear before you have a chance to try them. Today's selection is a…

Gumi

I found these two packages at the convenience store when I was in Sendai. They are both gumi (グミ) candy from Senjaku. What makes them interesting is that they both display prominently the prefecture where they source the fruit from. The…

Sakura Tea with Rilakkuma

Just came back from a 2 day trip to Sendai and brought back some Sakura tea with me. The Sakura leaves looked good in the cup and didn't get in the way of me enjoying the Sakura taste. The tea actually tastes good but the drinking…

Can eco choco save the planet?

Many countries are looking at ways they can help reduce the harm we cause on the environment through consumption of resources and how we dispose of them after use. In Japan, for a few years, there has been a big "eco" campaign by many…

Bento Lunch

Seven Eleven, convenience store, has a wide variety of bento lunches you can buy in store. They have also launched a home delivery bento service which operates 365 days a year and can easily be ordered for many people or just yourself.…

Today’s Treats

Recently in the convenience stores the shelf area for candy seems to be seeing packages that have more variety than before. The most recent range of Pure Gummy candy now comes in four flavors, Orange, Grape, Lemon and Sakura. Each package…

Miso soup cure for hangovers

Nagatani-en (永谷園) have released their first range of "function orientated" miso soups. A number of makers have been selling miso soup products with vitamins included, but Nagatani-en claim they are the first to successfully mix the amino…

Morinaga releases ChocoFlake Bar

There are a number of chocolate and other flavored power bars on sale at the moment. making me think a niche has been identified in the market that manufacturers are now competing for. Morinaga has released a ChocoFlake Bar and a Milk…