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Mandarin and Orange Mentos

15 Feb

ImageAs a lover of all things citrus-fruit flavoured, I immediately snatched these when I spotted them on the supermarket shelves. The taste ? Great. Chewy mandarin. Wash this down with a mandarin juice I also buy, and you are in citrus heaven.

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Hot corn soup drink

31 Jul

Not exactly something you might wish to read about during the sweltering Japanese summer, but, in the winter months – some vending machines are stocked with some warm and tasty treats. The folks at Pokka produce a hot corn soup-drink which is good once in a while. Very sweet, and nice on a freezing winter’s evening.

Fruit Punch Fanta Hits Japan’s supermarket shelves

22 Jul

fruity Fanta fix ?

Released for a limited time here in Japan – and just in time to deal with the sweltering summer heat, is fruit punch Fanta ! If you are a fan of the sugary citrus flavored sodas, this is one item worth searching for if you visit Japan.

Touch Screen Vending Machine

20 Jul


 These have been in Japan for a couple of years, but they always amaze me. Touch Screen Drink Vending Machines ! They are usually located at the bigger JR Stations (this one is at Tokyo Station) and are simple and easy to use. There is a camera located on the top of the machine, which detects your age and gender and will then offer you a drink suggestion.    Pretty cool huh !

Shaped Watermelon

20 Jul

ImageTo save on fridge space, some years back Japan introduced the square shaped watermelon. Since then you can find pyramid and even heart-shaped melons. This window display was taken at Yokohama Station.

How to use the Dydo (Club Dydo) points vending machine in Japan

8 Jun

Some years back I wrote a post about vending machines in Japan. Some of the vending machines, such as those produced by the Dydo Company, have a points system in place. Club Dydo enables you to accrue points and obtain gifts when you reach the required amount. When this system started out it seemed it would take a lifetime to redeem a gift, but in recent times, as little as 50 points can see you claim a gift. The point cards are obtained from the vending machines themselves, and each purchase earns you 1 point. Not all Dydo vending machines are point card enabled, so bear that in mind. If you are a caffeine addict like me, and you regularly hit the vending machines, you may as well build up your points and earn yourself a gift, right ? Video of the points card system is below…

Sangaria Children’s Beer

18 Mar

So you wanna be just like Dad, or your hard-working Uncle Makoto ? You see him (often already half cut) after a hard day at the office, sit down and have a nice cold beer poured for him ! (Rush’s ‘Working Man’ tune springs to mind here but this is not a rock blog!). Well, the people at Sangaria ensure you now can. This oddity can also be found in ¥100 stores here in Japan and is kinda like ginger beer, though not as tasty. If you pour it quick enough, you can even give your ‘beer’ a decent head ! Kampai !