recently going to the Little Tokyo Shopping Center here in Los
Angeles, I was surprised to discover that within this mall was a
grocery store. Not just any grocery store... it was Mitsuwa
Marketplace - also referred to as The Largest
Japanese Supermarket Store in the United States! Ok, that
sounds a lot more impressive than it really was, because it's
basically an average size grocery store. Still, just being in a place
with so many food products that I couldn't even read the labels on was an
adventure in its own right.
there were many varieties of fish and tofu (wait, tofu has varieties?)
to be found, but what really caught my eye were the products in the
snack aisles. The packaging for many of the products was so insanely
bright, colorful and chaotic that one could have an epileptic seizure just by
staring at them too long. Well, in hopes of bringing you, my faithful
readers your own epileptic seizures, I managed to snap some pictures
of these fantastic products that were on display.
All sorts of goodies
to be found including Pocky and Black Black Gum.
Baby Star clearly needs
a cartoon of his own (if he doesn't have one already).
Can somebody tell me why
Pepperidge Farm hasn't
released chocolate-filled Goldfish crackers yet?
I'm not sure, but I'm
guessing kids can wear these
cookies on their fingers like rings while they eat 'em.
Fellas, remember these when you're ready to propose to that special
I fear the wrath of
whatever lies inside these crazy looking wrappers.
Ok, so apparently one
thing they like to do in Japan is fill a bunch of
condom-like containers with soda. The blue ones were actually cream
but they had a wide variety of flavors. I guess you share the soda
lover and then you use the leftover container to get busy?
It may be hard to tell
from the photo, but these were some
large fruity-gummy snacks in the shape of ice cream cones.
Not just regular Pocky... GIANT POCKY!
What can I say, this lil'
guy clearly has life figured out.
Hello Kitty Babies. So
you can actually eat their offspring, eh?
I had to pass because, while the idea of cutting off the Hello Kitty
bloodline forever sounds fantastic, this is clearly just a marketing
He's the #1 Potato, ok?
If you like the idea of
eating jellied Little Mermaid or Buzz Lightyear stars
in your oats, then perhaps you should pay this store a visit.
Ok, it's not Japanese,
but I didn't expect to see Samus on a Jones Soda bottle.
I uh... I... there's
just too much going on here.
Could you bring yourself
to tear open a snack package that looked like that?
And finally, this was my
favorite discovery of the day. Bubble Rocket!
Not only is this beverage called Bubble Rocket, but it's
cherry or grape or lemon or lime... it is SPACE FLAVOR!
this one really piqued my curiosity. I just had to know what SPACE
tasted like. So I broke down and bought a bottle and now it's time to
try it out.
LOOKS LIKE IT'S SUNTORY TIME!
After mustering all of my inner-strength, I remove the cap
and take a whiff to see what "Space Flavor" smells like.
Space apparently smells like Sprite. I bet no astronaut
you that now did he? That's because they're too scared to take
off their helmets in space because they couldn't breathe. Pansies...
no one can hear you drink.
It does remind me of Sprite at first and it's pretty
but then the aftertaste hits you and it tastes like some bad
energy drink combined with Sprite and just a hint of soap.
Ah well, can't win 'em
all. At least the bottle is awesome:
Click on any of the
above pics to enlarge.
need to move to Japan some day. At least for a year. In the
meantime, I'll have to make a trip back to Mitsuwa Marketplace so I
give a taste test to some more of those snacks. After all, who
want to drink blue-colored cream soda out of a condom-shaped
By the way, if anybody could tell
me what "Asonde Kureyo!!" and "Hajiketeinai!!"
mean, I would definitely like to know. I'm sure it translates
to something like, "HA HA! STUPID AMERICAN! YOU JUST DRANK OUR
CARBONATED URINE!", and that's fine with me. That's simply the
I take every day being the webmaster of an internet humor site.
The shit I do for you people...
Reader Darryl Verret, who currently lives in Japan, just wrote in to
explain that Hajiketeinai means "Won't bust open" and
Asonde Kureyo means "Hang out with me!, or Play with me!"
On top of that, he just sent in two photos of a can of Bubble
Rocket II that he found in Japan. Yes folks, sodas can have a
sequel too. Check out the the photos
Questions or Comments about this piece?
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