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Sakura season is literally around the cornet for Japan. That beautiful time of the year when the Cherry Blossom go into bloom and decorate the Japanese landscape with a sea of pink, transforming everything into a dreamscape. So it’s a perfect time for Starbucks to reveal the annual tradition of the new Sakura themed drinks they’ll be offering.
If it’s one thing that Japan does extremely well is theme for the occasion and Christmas is no exception. Starbucks Japan always releases holiday themed drinks whether it’s for Halloween, Spring or any other reason worth celebrating. And this instance, Starbucks have released some themed drinks which look and sound absolutely delicious!
Feast your eyes on these Candied Pistachio and the Christmas Raspberry Mocha Frappucinos.
How much does this look like Christmas? The red sprinkles just make it look so festive and just like a holiday.
The Christmas Raspberry Mocha Frappucino is nicely complimented with a chocolate base, sweet and sour raspberry jelly, chocolate whipped cream and with a light sprinkling of raspberry powder. Normally I wouldn’t go near Starbucks for coffee and really…it normally isn’t the best but their themed drinks are always yummy and worth experiencing so if you’re in Japan, these are available right now!
Christmas in Japan is always a special time and 2016 looks set to be no different with the news that the Coca Cola Company will be joining in the festive spirit. They’re releasing special Coke bottles that have a removable label that ties itself into a very Xmas looking bow!
To see this amazing trick in action, check out the video below:
The bottles will be the 500ml variety of both normal Coke and Coke Zero and if you buy 2 bottles, you’ll also receive a pair of fuzzy socks.
They go on sale from November 7th and will sell for ¥140.
One thing that Japan has loads of are vending machines, primarily selling drinks but they also sell an assortment of different items as well. There are reported to be one vending machine per twenty people so they’re literally everywhere. One thing that fascinated me before I went to Japan for the first time was watching videos on YouTube of people using and videoing their experiences with these vending machines.
So I decided to make my own video and show the different machines that I found in different parts of Tokyo and also to show what types of drinks you can find in them.
Depending on what time of the year you go, you can find cold drinks, hot drinks or both in different vending machines.
Yep, time for another Japan collaboration. This time, it’s between alcohol manufacturer Suntory and the high speed rail train, the shinkansen. The collaboration will see twelve special edition cans adorned with artwork featuring different shinkansen with some iconic Japanese landscapes and scenery.
Let’s see a breakdown of the cans below:
Source: Rocket News
Yes, we’ve read about chocolate fries and honey lemon shakes and whole heap of other stuff that makes us envious of the different culinary delights in Japan. But for me, as a beer lover, this next one makes me teary. In a “I wish I was in Japan” kind of way. Coming back to Japan just in time for the Cherry Blossom season is Sakura beer.
The beer is called Sankt Gallen Sakura and is being produced by Sankt Gallen out of the Kanagawa prefecture, the same group responsible for doing the same thing this time last year.
It’s said to contain 5% alcohol and contains flowers from the cherry blossom species of tree known as the yaezakura. It’ll set you back a reasonable ¥463 (alcohol is ridiculously cheap in Japan!) and will hit stores from February 23rd through to early April. Get drinking!
Hmm, just the title alone makes my mouth water. In yet another bit of news that makes me envy McDonalds’ Japan comes an amazing new flavour of shakes. They’ve recently started a new line of treats called By McSweets and the first product to roll are Honey Lemon shakes. And before you ask, no they don’t taste like Honey Lemon from Big Hero 6.
The shake itself draws flavour from the hachimitsu lemon, a flavour of beverage that is already quite popular with the Japanese locals. And the best part is, it’s made with natural ingredients all grown locally in Japan.
They went on sale on February 23rd 2016 so if you’re going to Japan or are there already, you have until late March. After that, they’re all gone.
Didn’t I just finish doing a post about the sometimes wacky and different food items and flavours that you can encounter in Japan? Well, here’s a new one…Sakura flavoured Pepsi. That’s right, cherry blossom flavoured Pepsi.
We’ve seen Salty Watermelon, Pepsi Shiso, Pepsi Tropical and even Pepsi White but now it’s the turn of one of the most iconic sights in Japan, the Cherry Blossom.
It hits stores from the 8th of March and the makers, White Suntory, are saying that it has the cherry blossom flavour and smell…colour me curious! The bottle itself looks stunning and would make a nice collectible too. Hopefully I’ll be able to grab a bottle…even if it’s empty.
PS. Just as an addendum to this story, I recently subscribed to monthly Japanese candy and snack provider, Tokyo Treat, and guess what came in the April box? PEPSI SAKURA!!
So I can confirm first hand that this beverage is very tasty!! For a quick concise review, tastes like it was made with natural spring water, it’s very sparkling. More so than usual soft drink and tastes like cherry with a nice after taste that lingers. Very very tasty!!
Lawson is a popular franchise of convenience stores in Japan and like most stores tend to run promotions from time to time. They recently announced a couple of new ones for the otaku public.
First up, there’s the swimming anime, Free!, in which customers can buy 2 collaboration Calbee products in order to receive a snazzy poster which can be seen below.
The second promotion is for Love Live!, the hugely idol anime with matching game. The promotion kicks off on March 18 and will consist of a lucky draw lottery where you can win unique Love Live! t shirts. You’ll need to gain entry to the promotion by purchasing a Kirin drink and then you’ll also be able to select your favourite girl for the promo campaign.