Tag Archives: Japanese drinks

Apple, Lemonade and Chum

Okay, I know you can use the word Chum as a friend or a buddy…but as a Floridian, all I can think about is the Chum that gets you sharks.

And to complete Chum Hair, we have a very blurry picture of a Tropicana Apple Lemonade. Drinks are great here in Japan, but I wish I could find them after I enjoy them.

{that was really 24 to go yesterday, so now it’s 23. I promise, I can count}

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Posted by on 02/11/2011 in Foods, Functional Things


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Pumpkins (and Vampires) Marching Forwards

Probably should have given some warning, but this was my busy month. Between speech contest judging, speech contest practice, practice for university English interviews, tests, normal classes and some other stuff (like getting sick), I had very little time to update…even with all that though, I’m surprised / saddened that my last post was October 5th.

Okay…I owe 26 pictures…let’s get started!! I promise though, not all today! šŸ˜‰

My wonderful husband on the left and me on the right…even though Halloween is not a big holiday in Japan, there are places that do some trick or treating (malls) and decorating (malls and shops) for kids (DarthĀ VaderĀ as a witch anyone?). This giant guy was at SMARK (Smile Park) in Isesaki. I might not be a child, but it was fun for the pumpkin to eat me instead of me eating pumpkin! (And after this, I had Pumpkin Lantern ice cream from Baskin Robbins). So it was a win-win situation.

Every year I get an American pumpkin for my English club to help me carve. It usually was bought from the Foreign Buyers Club (they’ll ship to me from Tokyo) but this year I was able to get a cheaper (i.e. smaller) pumpkin from the newly opened Costco in Maebashi. What I do is let my kids choose the face, and then I carve it (I love them, but don’t trust them around knives…just like my parents, I’m sure). This year (as you can see) is a starry eyed pumpkin. Last year the Jack O’Lantern had one star eye, one heart eye, a circle nose and the normal zig-zag smile. They’ve never chosen a scary face….

See why I call it Vampire Coffee? It looks like the vampire’s tooth is gleaming!

I wanted to get all of my Halloween pictures out of the way, so after today, it’ll be back to weird sayings, bad Engrish and other cool stuff. Hope everyone had a great Halloween (I did).

{23 to go}

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Posted by on 01/11/2011 in Foods, Fun Things!, Holidays


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Behind the Bottles

Vending machines in Japan are numerous, and they always have the display bottle showing the types of drinks being sold….

Or so I thought! Apparently, the bottles aren’t really bottles, they’re plastic fakes that look pretty darn close to the real thing! When visiting the taiko performance, my friend Amy saw this and told me to take a picture, and I have to agree with her, it looks pretty cool.

What do you think tipped them over? Couldn’t have been the wind….

(and I’m not the only one surprised, am I?)

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Posted by on 06/05/2011 in Foods, Functional Things


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Orange Cola and Watermelon Soda

Presented by my husband, we have on the left, Orange Cola Soda. On the right, Watermelon Soda. In a battle of weird tasting drinks….who will be the winner?


The Orange Cola, while it sounds good, actually tastes like a mix of flavorsĀ separatingĀ into cola and orange. The mix just does not mix.

The Watermelon Soda….just tastes plain weird. Think of a too strong watermelon taste with club soda.

Honestly? I’ll keep drinking my Honey Lemon Fanta. šŸ™‚


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Posted by on 29/03/2011 in Foods


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