日本製品コーナー ・ 第三

9/19/11    11:37

– Taiyaki

Price: 110円

Description: A cake filled with sweet red bean paste [anko]. A favorite at festivals, this one was being sold at the Korien train station, made fresh each day.

Pro: Not overly sweet. The tradition! I feel very Japanese eating this. Eating fish without eating fish.
Con: Not filling enough. Can not constitute an entire meal.

Rating: 7/10

– Peach Fanta (I HAVE FOUND YOU!)

Price: ~125円

Description: Japan-only flavor fanta. Tastes like the white peach called 桃.

Pro: Unique! Tastes like carbonated peach juice. Limited edition!
Con: Tastes a little fake. Not the best of the fantas.

Rating: 6/10

Note: On the bottle, it states that this was part of a set of Japan-only flavors and that peach was the second flavor in the lineup. What was the first?! I must find out.

– Mom’s 麦茶

Price: Mom makes it every day so it must be relatively cheap.

Description: 麦茶 [mugicha] (n.) Barley tea. Very popular in summer, but host-dad says that “in this family, it is an all-season drink.”

Pro: No calorie! Refreshing taste when it’s hot. Aka all the time.
Con: If I were to think about it really hard, I can easily imagine chewing on dry plants.

Rating: 8/10 in summer.

Probably 6/10 in winter.

– Fanta: Super Fruits Mix

Price: 125円

Description: The bottle says it’s a mix of grapefruit, cherry, passion fruit, white grape, and some fruit called a “sweetie.” Tastes like watered down lychee drink. Immediate reaction? “Sour.”

Pro: Real fruit juice! Tastes healthy?
Con: Too sour. What’s a sweetie?

Rating: 4/10

– Mameshiba Chiyogami

Price: 100円 from the 100円 store!

Description: Origami paper with the mameshiba on it! On the top, it says, “hey! hey! Did you know? The inside of a kangaroo’s pouch is really smelly.”

Pro: CUTE. Cheap!
Con: The inside of a kangaroo’s pouch is really smelly.

Rating: 6/10

– Engrish Shirts

Price: Varies. This one in particular was 300円.

Description: Any sort of shirt with English that either does not make sense or says things where you kind of understand what they were going for, but they failed miserably in the execution. This particular shirt says “EARTH BURGER: fresh 0%. Protect the nature.”

It is the first purchase in a long series of intended purchases. I plan on buying enough so that when I get back to America I can go two weeks without wearing the same Engrish shirt.

Pro: Hilarity.
Con: Sometimes they can get expensive. I guess if you wore them in America, you’d look like a fob.

Rating: 7/10 [for this particular item]

9.5/10 [for engrish clothing in general]

– Mentai Flavored Chip

Price: 125円

Description: I actually haven’t opened it yet, but the outside seems to display a potato/corn chip with some raw fish on a plate. I… don’t know. In big letters, it assures me that the product is tasty.

Pro: Distinctly asian taste that is indeed tasty as promised. Salty and slightly sweet. If I could make a comparison, it would probably be to pizza. Maybe mentai is like basil?

Con: Weird breath afterwards.

Rating: 8/10

[Edit: The Internet says that mentai is cod roe spiced with red pepper. Fail.]

– Dodonyaki

Price: 20円

Description: Another package I haven’t opened. However, there are pictures of decidedly caucasian looking people in traditional Japanese matsuri clothing. One is playing a flute and the others are banging a taiko drum. This tells me nothing about the snack in question, but there is a small box that tells me it is “sauce flavored.” Helpful.

Pro: 20円! Crunchy. They taste like sauce, as advertised.
Con: Flavor is not too deep. Bag is tiny and this makes it hard to extract the commensurately tiny chips.

Rating: 5/10

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