May 042010
 



 
Although the cherry blossom season has already ended, there are still a lot of special sakura foods and drinks available. Even the Swiss Nestlé company is offering interesting flavors exclusively for the Japanese market, where their chocolate confectionery is very popular. On the left of this photo you see Kit Kat candy bars with sakura & macha tea, while on the right Framboise (raspberry) pie flavor bars are pictured.

 Posted by at 19:55
May 022010
 



 
Well, the exotism of Japanese food companies sometimes goes a bit too far. Naming their pasta after the famous Italian coffee drink just seems ridicioulus to me, but obviously it didn’t stop them. So enjoy your Espresso Pasta, available in several distinct flavors!

 Posted by at 18:57
May 022010
 



 
The 2010 FIFA football world cup is approaching and although the Japanese team is not actually a serious contender, this doesn’t stop the people here from expressing their excitement. A local Izakaya restaurant has placed this interesting arrangement on the sidewalk next to their entrance, wishing the Japanese players the best of luck (がんばれ!ニッポン).

 Posted by at 17:01
May 012010
 



 
What a combination! Lime and grapefruit juice with… salt? This ソルティ・ライム seems to be a rather new creation by Kirin and while their “world kitchen” (世界のKitchenから) line of beverages includes some tasty offerings, I am not sure about this one. Probably good for your health, though…

 Posted by at 20:28
May 012010
 



 
Shops in Tokyo try many things to stand out from their competition. Adding some kind of creative costume or headdress to their outdoor mannequins is not uncommon for stores catering to the younger crowd. This deerhead-mask wearing figure was photographed in Shimo-Kitazawa. It is still one of the more tamer results trying to get the attention of passers-by.

 Posted by at 19:40