Drinkable Ice Cream

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Although not technically a Japanese product (these are made by Lotte, a Korean company), you can find “Coolish” products in all Japanese convenience stores. You twist off the cap and squeeze the ice cream through the nozzle into your mouth. It’s kind of similar to how a toothpaste tube works, using a vacuum packed metallic [...]

Why Do Japanese Serve Small Food Portions?

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

I've seen this question posed around the Internet without good answers. I've seen things like "that's all you need", "asians are smaller", "Americans eat too much", etc. Here's my take. In Japan, it's rude to leave food behind as it is seen as wasteful and unappreciative. There is also no such thing as a "doggie [...]

A Robot That Sells Food

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Robots that sell food are all over Japan. This is a vending machine that sells meals. At many small, cheap restaurants (especially curry and ramen shops) you select and purchase your food using a vending machine which dispenses meal tickets. Simply give your meal tickets to the staff, and you’re all set! The restaurant staff [...]

McDonald’s in Japan

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Recognize the guy in the image below? Notice he’s promoting “Hello Kitty” products in a showcase. Here’s a hint – he’s the famous owner of a popular chain of fast-food restaurants. Think you know the answer? Guess again. His name isn’t “Ronald McDonald”. It’s “Donald McDonald”. That’s right. Our favorite burger-pushing celebrity has a different [...]

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

The ramen museum was a short walk away from the station. The inside is pretty neat, designed “Disney-like” to look like 1940s Japan. 10 famous ramen shops were chosen from all over Japan to represent different regional tastes and styles. There are signs to indicate the wait time for each shop, just like a theme [...]