2014-08-17

FamilyMart Bari Chocolate Collection

FamilyMart, the convenience store chain, has a new line of black sweets aimed at men. It is called Bari Chocolate, which comes from the Japanese word "barito" plus "chocolate". Hard to exactly translate in this case, but it conveys the sense of eating something in a rough manly manner. The product shown is a cream filled pasty, called shu cream in Japan or chou a la creme in French. This product has bits of hard chocolate incorporated in the bread part. There is also a black cheese cake in the collection with more products to come. シュークレーム

http://www.family.co.jp/topics/2014/140729_01.html

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2014-08-16

The Original KitKat

Here is a photo of the original KitKat, which at the time (1935) was called Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp. ネスレ キットカット

http://nestle.jp/brand/kit/product/

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2014-08-15

Meiji Apollo Regional Varieties

Here are a few of the Meiji Apollo regional varieties which correspond to local well known commodities and are sold to tourists to take back as presents, "omiyage" in Japanese. Clockwise from the bottom left you have grape flavor from the Shinshu area (Nagano), Mikan (Mandarin orange) flavor from Shizuoka, apple flavor from the Michinoku area (Tohoku), melon flavor from Hokkaido, and matcha green tea flavor from the Kansai area. 明治 アポロ お土産

http://www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/okashi-land/products/apollo/

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2014-08-14

Burger King Freah Avocado Whopper

Here is another view of the Premium Fresh Avocado Whopper. Very nice food photography. Interested to see not only what it tastes like, but what it looks like in real life. バーガーキング アボカド

https://www.burgerkingjapan.co.jp/

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2014-08-13

Burger King Avocadict Summer Specials

Burger King is offering 3 avocado enhanced burgers: the Fresh Avocado Burger, the Fresh Avocado Whopper Jr. and the Fresh Avocado Whopper Premium. This photo makes them all look pretty good, but the real burger might look somewhat different after the avocado shrinks down. A recent McDonald's avocado burger looked completely different from the advertisement.

The Fresh Avocado Whopper premium claims 50 percent more avocado (compared to what I'm not sure), but it does look like almost a whole sliced avocado. That might make it worth the 550 yen price. バーガーキング アボカド

https://www.burgerkingjapan.co.jp/

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2014-08-12

CirclekSunkus RICOH THETA Giveaway

CirclekSunkus, a large convenience store chain, is giving away 143 of the new RICOH THETA 360 degree cameras. You can enter once a day through the end of the month via the Facebook page and it doesn't look like purchase is necessary. サークルKサンクス

https://www.facebook.com/circleksunkus

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2014-08-11

Kirin Free Float

Kirin Free, the world's first 0.00% alcohol free beer, was the product of the year two years ago and has been a great source of profit ever since. The reason for this is alcohol taxes are very high and this item is sold right next to real beer - meaning that even an inflated price looks like a bargain.

In this social media post, they suggest making an ice cream and fruit float using Kirin Free. If nothing else, it certainly is pretty. キリンフリー

http://www.kirin.co.jp/products/nonalcohol/

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2014-08-10

Glico 5th Generation Neon Sign Countdown

The Glico Osaka Dotonbori Neon sign has become one of the iconic photo taking spots in Japan. It is now time to renew the sign and Glico is counting down with new photos every day on their social media feeds. The sign goes dark on August 17th and the new sign (6th generation) will be introduced next Fall. This photo shows some of pretty young ladies who are shrine maidens from the nearby Imamiyaebisu Shrine. グリコ 今宮戎神社 道頓堀

http://www.ezaki-glico.net/neon/

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2014-08-09

Ito Ham and Typhoon Season

It is typhoon season and in keeping with that, the Ito Ham mascot "Ito Kakaricho", a slice of ham, is being blown off the bento box where he usually sits. 伊藤ハム

http://www.itoham.co.jp/

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2014-08-08

Suntory Boss FamilyMart Collection

In another Suntory product which finds a new middle ground between branded and private brand products, the newest edition to the Boss canned coffee line is only available at FamilyMart and is part of the FamilyMart Collection (private brand). Therefore, it is the Suntory Boss brand, but also part of the FamilyMart private brand collection.

This line under the Boss brand is called The Espresso and uses a blend of the highest quality Brazilian coffee beans. It comes in regular, low sugar and black varieties. サントリー

http://www.suntory.co.jp/softdrink/boss

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