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img_0865-1I bought a pack of Yuzu Potato chips the other day to try something different. Yuzu is found in Japan although originally came from China. The taste is very similar to a mandarin and may even be a derivative of that fruit.

There are many varieties of potato chips to choose from in Japan and the Yuzu variety may not last long in the convenience store where new products tend to change out very quickly.

Convenience Stores becoming Market Research Stores
Convenience stores appear to be becoming a market research store rather than their original purpose of serving the basic foods conveniently. Every time I visit my local convenience store I see new products only to go back in the following week to see them gone.

Japanese Snack Reviews Blog
Back to the Yuzu story, the end result was the Yuzu potato chips were good. I was going to write more about this topic but found a great article at Japanese Snack Reviews which I thought summed up the whole experience.

If you like Yuzu, these chips are for you, although the convenience store may have already filled their spot with the next new product.

I also bought some Chocolate coated Sunflower seeds which I had not seen in Japan before. I don’t know a lot about these but they did taste good.

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You can’t go anywhere in Tokyo at this time of year without running into people buying Valentine Day Chocolates. They are everywhere. The economy might be taking a hit, but the chocolate manufacturers are certainly making the most of this Valentine season. Here are some quick shots of a few offerings to tide you over until the 14th.

Godiva Chocolates

Godiva Chocolates

These bag styled chocolates are cute!

These bag styled chocolates are cute!

Chocolate cookies

Chocolate cookies

The display cases are always well presented

The display cases are always well presented

and in Shibuya where I could not even see the chocolates for the crowd

and in Shibuya where I could not even see the chocolates for the crowd

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A towel made to look like a chocolate roll for Valentines Day

A towel made to look like a chocolate roll for Valentines Day

Of course most people love chocolate and in Japan the women generally give the chocolates to the men, but for those who want to join in the Valentine fun but just can’t have the chocolate here is the answer.

It looks like a Chocolate roll and has the name ミニロール バター Mini butter roll taste, but if you look closely you will see it is actually a rolled up towel!

I am a chocolate fan so i would be very disappointed to receive a towel for Valentines Day, but I am sure there are some people who might prefer the towel.

This year many guys are supposedly giving the girls chocolates for Valentines Day in what is becoming known as gyaku choco or reverse chocolate.
Here is my post discussing that.

Here is a very good look at what women are thinking in Japan around this Valentine Day period from WhatJapanThinks.com
http://whatjapanthinks.com/2009/02/06/what-to-expect-this-valentines-day-in-japan/

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Just when you think you have seen everything in Japan along comes another gadget or gizmo that proves you wrong. For those of you who have not seen this before it looks very strange at first but then when you think of the applications for it, like walking up stairs, then it definately is in the strange category. I am sure the other uses of it as in the example for the car industry where workers have to bend down for long hours, are more practical.

I found this article when scanning through the latest issue of the magazine Dime.
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Shibuya Station Art

The latest art work at Shibuya station. This painting is 30-meter-long painted by the Japanese artist Taro Okamato. It is titled “Myth of Tomorrow”. It was lost for many years and discovered in 2003 in Mexico. Its location at Shibuya puts it in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands of people.

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Here are some more links about this story

http://www.tokyoreporter.com/2008/10/20/once-lost-okamoto-masterpiece-to-be-displayed-at-shibuya-station/

http://www.nihonsun.com/2008/11/13/myth-of-tomorrow-in-shibuya/

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