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Starbucks Reveal New Cherry Blossom Drinks

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.

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Christmas Drinks From Starbucks Japan

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!

Source: RocketNews

Special Xmas Coke Bottles For Japan

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!

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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.

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So very cool and snazzy!

They go on sale from November 7th and will sell for ¥140.

Video Diary – Vending Machines In Japan

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.

Suntory Beer X Shinkansen Collaboration

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:

L-R: The Hokkaido Shinkansen (“Hayabusa” H5 Series) is accompanied by a night view of Hakodate, one of Japan’s three great night views; the Akita Shinkansen (“Komachi” E6 Series) features Japan’s deepest lake, Lake Tazawa; the Yamagata Shinkansen (“Tsubasa E3 Series) shows off the stunning Ginzan Onsen town; and the Jōetsu Shinkansen (“Max” E4 Series) runs past Mount Hakkai, one of the three great mountains of Echigo, which is the old name for the area of Niigata Prefecture.
L-R: The Hokkaido Shinkansen (“Hayabusa” H5 Series) is accompanied by a night view of Hakodate, one of Japan’s three great night views; the Akita Shinkansen (“Komachi” E6 Series) features Japan’s deepest lake, Lake Tazawa; the Yamagata Shinkansen (“Tsubasa E3 Series) shows off the stunning Ginzan Onsen town; and the Jōetsu Shinkansen (“Max” E4 Series) runs past Mount Hakkai, one of the three great mountains of Echigo, which is the old name for the area of Niigata Prefecture.

L-R: The Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Asama” E2 Series) shows the scenery around Asamayama in Nagano Prefecture; the Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Kagayaki” E7 Series) displays the beauty of Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan; the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” N700 A Series) runs by world-famous Mount Fuji; and the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” 700 Series) shows Yasaka Pagoda, the last remaining building from Hokanji Temple, and one of the most impressive landmarks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District.
L-R: The Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Asama” E2 Series) shows the scenery around Asamayama in Nagano Prefecture; the Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Kagayaki” E7 Series) displays the beauty of Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan; the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” N700 A Series) runs by world-famous Mount Fuji; and the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” 700 Series) shows Yasaka Pagoda, the last remaining building from Hokanji Temple, and one of the most impressive landmarks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District.

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L-R: The Sanyō Shinkansen (“Hikari Rail Star” 700 Series) is pictured alongside the country’s most spectacular castle, Himeji Castle; the Sanyō Shinkansen (“Kodama” 500 Series) is shown with the famous red torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine; the Sanyō-Kyushu Shinkansen (“Mizuho”/”Sakura” Series N700); and the Kyushu Shinkansen (“Tsubame” Shin-800 Series) can be seen with Nabegataki Falls in the background.
The cans will be of the 350ml variety and will be sold from the 19th of July 2016 in 12 packs so that way you’re ensured of collecting all twelve if that’s your shtick. If you’re looking to import them, you’re in luck as Rakuten will be handling online orders. The cost will be ¥2,892 plus shipping.

Source: Rocket News

Sakura Beer Coming To Japan

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.

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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!

McDonalds’ Honey Lemon Shakes

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.
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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.

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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.

Sakura Pepsi For Japan

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.

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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!!

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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 Convenience Stores Announce New Promotions

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.

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You can also download the Android and iOS Lawson app which will give you access to a Free! wallpaper for your smartphone. Knowledge of Japanese will be required for the app.

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.

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