Meito Air in Choco: Strawberry Fish Forever!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 23, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Meito Air in Choco: Strawberry Fish Snack

Being a vegetarian I had seconds thoughts before buying this fish shaped snack treat (called Meito Air in Choco), but the strawberry flavor theme intrigued me no end. The faux fish is very similar to a light weight wafer cookie and the guts of the fish had a creamy light filling. Although one side of faux fish was slightly damaged I managed to get a good scan of the flip side: Read more…

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Shigekikkusu: Super Sour and Sweet Gummy Candy

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 22, 2009 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

At my local Korean food mart I came across these devastatingly sour and sweet candies from Japan called Shigekikkusu (シゲキックス) which are produced by UHA Mikakuto. I picked up two flavors, the first (shown above) was soda flavored and the second was cola flavored (shown below). The candies were small but packed a punch — the outside was coated with a light dusting of super sour dust, after a few seconds this wears off and you can taste the very sweet inside of of jelly like candy. Read more…

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Japanese Animal Crackers: Learning English with Flavor

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 20, 2009 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

Japanese Animal Crackers package design produced by Ginbis

Recently I was wandering through a Korean food mart and I came across this very cute package design for Japanese animal crackers: Aside from the captivating colorful characters the first thing that blew me away was that the crackers are actually teaching kids to understand English, not Japanese! I started to suspect that this was something just done for the American market, but the package actually comes from Japan (produced by Ginbis). The back of the box even had a cute mini-dictionary of animal names (my favorite touch are the cartoons of each creature next to the name): Read more…

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Nick’s Nippon Notebook: Suntory Carbonic Acid Gas Cylinder

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 30, 2008 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

Nick's Nippon Notebook

In my never ending hunt for cool and unblogged about pop culture in Japan, I found this mysterious item at the convenience store:

Suntory Carbonic Acid Gas Cylinder

What sold me was it apparently went fast enough or was powerful enough to shatter it’s own UPC code. My first impression was that it had something to do with racing given what I thought was a speedometer or cyclometer. Then there is the fake signs of scraping and damage printed on. Read more…

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