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meiji chocolate have wrapped an entire kiosk in their brand at Tokyo Station.

meiji chocolate have wrapped an entire kiosk in their brand at Tokyo Station.

Saw this great form of advertising at Tokyo Station for meiji chocolate. The whole kiosk is wrapped up in meiji milk chocolate brand with the back of the kiosk explaining some of the history of meiji chocolate back from 1926.

From the side on picture you can see the branding continue with a large chocolate bar under the counter area.

From the side on picture you can see the branding continue with a large chocolate bar under the counter area.

From the front the meiji banner is very prominent where normally you see the words "kiosk". Everything else looks like a normal station kiosk.

From the front the meiji banner is very prominent where normally you see the words "kiosk". Everything else looks like a normal station kiosk.

It seems like JR are getting more creative at advertising and marketing tie ups in the station which is a good thing for consumers. This type of promotion is really interesting. Do you have this form of advertising in your country?

Japan Photo Videos

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Recently, I have been looking at a way I can show more of photos of Japan as videos for those people who follow me on YouTube. I found a service by Animoto that allows you to automatically create videos and add music tracks that have been copyright cleared in their collection.

The results are probably not as good as if you spent a few hours manually organizing frame transitions and synchronizing music, but I think for an automated system it gives a fair level of quality.

The music is by Mysti Mayhem and the song is called Dance.

Here is a clip of Mysti Mayhem promoting here music to a local record company. I like the way she just rocks right up to the front desk and asks for exactly 3.5 minutes of your time, and then sings her song in the foyer. Sometimes you have to be bold.

I would like to spend some time putting together some manual videos as well. With the automated system I could probably show people more of Japan rather than waiting until I have a spare moment to manual edit something.

Let me know what you think of the video? Do you like the format of the pictures. Should I try to include a few small video clips (5 second scenes) inside the video? What sort of music is best? I would like to find some Japanese music that is copyright authorized to be used in videos. Does anyone know any good Sites.

Conbinbi Monday Wk38

I have had a few hot dogs in different countries, but never tried an Egg Dog before. Anyone seen egg dogs in other parts of the world?

I have had a few hot dogs in different countries, but never tried an Egg Dog before. Anyone seen egg dogs in other parts of the world?

Some interesting items this week with a few combinations of different ingredients. Senbei with plum, noodles with cream stew and egg dogs.

Bakauke senbei has been a hit for a long time.  This pack has ume flavoring. nice.

Bakauke senbei has been a hit for a long time. This pack has ume flavoring. nice.

This R-1 yoghurt by Meiji seems to be a popular item at the moment. I have seen it in a few conbini's. Maybe the red packaging just makes it stand out more.

This R-1 yoghurt by Meiji seems to be a popular item at the moment. I have seen it in a few conbini's. Maybe the red packaging just makes it stand out more.

A nice little snack here to help your afternoon work speed on. Cho-pan from meiji.

A nice little snack here to help your afternoon work speed on. Cho-pan from meiji.

Cup Noodle with a difference. This one is a white cream stew noodle. I have had white cream stew chicken a lot, but never thought to mix noodles with it.

Cup Noodle with a difference. This one is a white cream stew noodle. I have had white cream stew chicken a lot, but never thought to mix noodles with it.

The caramel version with this packaging were a very popular item. This time around it is rich and smooth chocolate in the wrapper.

The caramel version with this packaging were a very popular item. This time around it is rich and smooth chocolate in the wrapper.

Some dark vinegar noodles from Ajinomoto, limited edition for this season.

Some dark vinegar noodles from Ajinomoto, limited edition for this season.

If the egg dog above wasn't enough to fill your hunger, why not try one of these Banana sticks ^^.

If the egg dog above wasn't enough to fill your hunger, why not try one of these Banana sticks ^^.

A classy looking box of chocolates to find in the conbini. These Charlotte selection from Lotte should go down well, but there are only 6 pieces in each box.

A classy looking box of chocolates to find in the conbini. These Charlotte selection from Lotte should go down well, but there are only 6 pieces in each box.

Conbini Monday Wk34

Pocky is a long time favorite for many and for good reason. Here are some latest offerings of the more traditional type. On the right, the package says these are the thinnest pocky ever made.

Pocky is a long time favorite for many and for good reason. Here are some latest offerings of the more traditional type. On the right, the package says these are the thinnest pocky ever made.

Some of the convenience stores in my area are planning to close over the New Year period. They are no longer making bentos until after New Year and some stock is looking very low. Are conbini’s closed in your area for the break?

Cheetos and Tirol combine to make some corn snacks here that are said to be coffee nougat flavor. I will wait to here from others what these taste like before trying.

Cheetos and Tirol combine to make some corn snacks here that are said to be coffee nougat flavor. I will wait to here from others what these taste like before trying.

Fried chicken chips. Could be interesting. I like the package design on these. Makes you wonder what is really inside.

Fried chicken chips. Could be interesting. I like the package design on these. Makes you wonder what is really inside.

There are always a good selection of hot drinks at the conbini. My favorite is hot Jasmine Tea. ^__^.

There are always a good selection of hot drinks at the conbini. My favorite is hot Jasmine Tea. ^__^.

Kinako mochi by Cheetos and Tirol. Very timely for the New Year.

Kinako mochi by Cheetos and Tirol. Very timely for the New Year.

A selection of rice crackers in green bean flavor and mayonnaise prawn flavor.

A selection of rice crackers in green bean flavor and mayonnaise prawn flavor.

Mixed berry Pocky. Very fruity. great idea.

Mixed berry Pocky. Very fruity. great idea.

Some interesting senbei here. These are coated in sugar to make them look like snow.

Some interesting senbei here. These are coated in sugar to make them look like snow.

Roast Almonds from Fujiya. Bet these taste good.

Roast Almonds from Fujiya. Bet these taste good.

Interested in some Tarako cream soup pasta?

Interested in some Tarako cream soup pasta?

What is your pick for the week?

This week we have started our Conbini Box service for those members who want to get a taste of Japan’s convenience stores in their own home. Take a look if you are interested.

Enough sweets and crackers here to keep you busy for a while.

Conbini Monday Wk32

Glico seem to keep bringing out new versions on this successful theme for Pocky. The latest is Chocolate Fromage. Chocolate on a cheese stick, great idea.

Glico seem to keep bringing out new versions on this successful theme for Pocky. The latest is Chocolate Fromage. Chocolate on a cheese stick, great idea.

If its sweets you are looking for, then this week won’t disappoint. Put your main meal away and dig into a few of these filler upper snacks.

Crunky is a long time favorite of many. I am not sure this strawberry cheese tart version will beat out the original, but nice try. I think someone suggested on Twitter that I pick up a NY Cheese cake from @Famima_now. This is as close as I got to that.

Crunky is a long time favorite of many. I am not sure this strawberry cheese tart version will beat out the original, but nice try. I think someone suggested on Twitter that I pick up a NY Cheese cake from @Famima_now. This is as close as I got to that.

Meiji have some interesting packaging for these Poporons. In grape and apple flavor they might fill a small space between meals.

Meiji have some interesting packaging for these Poporons. In grape and apple flavor they might fill a small space between meals.

Calbee are bringing out more new flavors in their Jagariko range. Here is a glimpse of some pizza flavored ones. Could be good.

Calbee are bringing out more new flavors in their Jagariko range. Here is a glimpse of some pizza flavored ones. Could be good.

The selection of nuts seems to be picking up. What types of nut varieties can you get in your part of the world? Cashews sprinkled with seaweed? Almonds mixed with octopus?

The selection of nuts seems to be picking up. What types of nut varieties can you get in your part of the world? Cashews sprinkled with seaweed? Almonds mixed with octopus?

Lawson have launched their line of premium sweets under the name Uchi Cafe Sweets. This premium eclair looks particularly tempting. The photo doesn't really do it justice. It looks a lot better in real life.

Lawson have launched their line of premium sweets under the name Uchi Cafe Sweets. This premium eclair looks particularly tempting. The photo doesn't really do it justice. It looks a lot better in real life.

As always, there are plenty of drinks to help you wash down the tasty treats.

Beer and Chu-hi are popular items at the conbini. This Chu-hi offering from Suntory is a limited sale for winter only. Get your cherry cola and lime ginger ale Chu-hi  down you at -196 degrees celsius.

Beer and Chu-hi are popular items at the conbini. This Chu-hi offering from Suntory is a limited sale for winter only. Get your cherry cola and lime ginger ale Chu-hi down you at -196 degrees celsius.

This might be trying if only for the novelty factor. Someone decided it would be a good idea to have fizzy Tea. I hope they didn't put milk in before they shook it up.

This might be worth trying if only for the novelty factor. Someone decided it would be a good idea to have fizzy Tea. I hope they didn't put milk in before they shook it up.

There have been quite a fe soba-cha drinks coming on to the market. Here are 2 different types, one from Ito-en and one from Suntory. There are quite a few people with Soba allergies so they will have to watch out for this one.

There have been quite a few soba-cha drinks coming on to the market. Here are 2 different types, one from Ito-en and one from Suntory. There are quite a few people with Soba allergies so they will have to stay clear of this one.

Ava round out the drink selection here with some cute promotion.

Evangelion Coffee from UCC

Evangelion Coffee from UCC

Merry Christmas at Lawson right now courtesy of Rilakkuma and friends.

Here is a nice money box to save up for some prezzies.

Here is a nice money box to save up for some prezzies.

What is your favorite from this week? Did you get anything yourself?