Tasty Clam Snack


If you find yourself in the Aomori, Japan airport and you’re feeling a mite peckish, hit up the convenience shop and have some fresh clams. I watched the guy replenish the tank. Grab a bag. Grab some clams, and voila, you too could sit in front of gate and crack’em open for a tasty delight.

Here’s the guy loading up the tank.

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Here is a side shot of the tank.

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Here they are from the top.

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Kentucky Fried Christmas


Back in the 80s, Japan truly opened itself up to doing business with Western countries and Kentucky Fried Chicken swooped in and established itself as the fast food restaurant du force. KFC did such a great job becoming a part of their culture that it is THE Christmas meal to provide to your family at Christmas.

KFC’s business is so great during the Christmas season that the Japanese call months ahead to place their Christmas order.

All of this I find very strange because if you go into a grocery store you’ll find they sell hardly any chicken products. They don’t really cook chicken there. Beef? Yes. Pork? Hell yeah. Chicken? Not so much.

BTW – go into a KFC and you won’t be able to get any mashed potatoes. They don’t eat them that way. But, you will be able to order an eggplant milkshake. It’s purple.

Go figure.

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Squid, Glorious Squid


They do love squid snack in Japan.

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Asian foods…


…some of which I wouldn’t eat.

Yaku niku restaurant is where you choose your foods which are brought to the table and you cook it on a charcoal brazier while you sit and visit with your friends.

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Dried squid snack is THE most delicious snack to Japanese.

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Fresh squid from the department store.

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Japanese restaurants cast their dishes in resin to entice people in (and coincidentally making it easy to take the waitress over to and point at when ordering if you don’t speak the language.)

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All Things Coke in Japan


Coca-Cola has a huge variety of products in Japan that we’ve never seen here in America (I’m speaking about you Hot Lemonade.) Take a peek at these fun pictures.

Coca Cola Truck in Japan

Coca Cola Truck in Japan

Coca Cola Truck in Japan

Coca Cola Truck in Japan

Coca Cola Vending Machine in Japan

Coca Cola Vending Machine in Japan

Coca Cola Vending Machine in Japan

Coca Cola Vending Machine in Japan

Minute Maid Juice Vending Machine in Japan

Minute Maid Juice Vending Machine in Japan

Minute Maid Juice Vending Machine in Japan

Minute Maid Juice Vending Machine in Japan

Tiny Coke Mascot in Vending Machine in Japan

Tiny Coke Mascot in Vending Machine in Japan

Coke Products Vending Machine in Japan

Coke Products Vending Machine in Japan

Coke Products Vending Machine in Japan

Coke Products Vending Machine in Japan

Vitamin Water Delivery Truck in Japan

Vitamin Water Delivery Truck in Japan

Weird Flavor of Juice, Cassis and Grape Blend

Weird Flavor of Juice, Cassis and Grape Blend

Weird Hot Lemonade Drink Product from Japan

Weird Hot Lemonade Drink Product from Japan

 

Food from Japan.


Delicious. Weird. Surprising. Food from Japan, from grocery stores to restaurants and vending, check out my personal take on Japanese foods.

 

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Row after row of delicious treats.

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Tokyo Japan Food

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Every flavor of Pocky known to mankind. — in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

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Potato chips in a can are huge over there. — in Tokyo, Japan.

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The bakeries were killer!! — in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Tokyo Japan Food

Did I mention the bakeries were killer?!! — in Tokyo, Japan.

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Bakery goods in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

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Typical restaurant (snack shack kind of places) with a picture of every single thing they offer. Note the also very typical customer standing in line. — at Harajuku Tokyo.

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This shop is devoted to banana only cakes and treats — at the Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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If it’s purple it’s sweet potato. This shop only sells cakes and treats made with sweet potato. They are KER-RAZY about it in Japan. — at Haneda Airport.

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Most restaurants have their dishes cast in resin. You will find these displays of plastic foods in the front of many restaurants making it very convenient to order (assuming what arrives is what you hoped it was…this was usually about a 40/60 shot, with only a 40% chance of getting your wish.) — in Tokyo, Japan.

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More resin (plastic) food

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A resin cast of a tomato dish…just….a tomato…..

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Convenience oriented restaurants often had vending machines in the front of the restaurant. You feed your money into it, press the button, take your ticket, find a place to sit then give it to the waitress. — in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan Food

Chip packets in a vending machine at the arcade.

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Lobster sticks to magnet! Dig this crazy lobster tree at a restaurant in Yokohama. — at Yokohama China Town.

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Hot dogs. Hot dogs. Hot dogs. What can I say? The Japanese cannot get enough of these guys. They eat hot dogs any time of the day

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Mmm Mmmm! Fish head surprise. My favie! — at Yokohama China Town.

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A delicious ramen dish. Off to the left is the egg I removed from it. — at Shinyokohama (Ramen museum).

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Japan – motherland of sushi — at Yokohama China Town.

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Squid Snack — in Tokyo, Japan.

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This is a noodle sub sandwich basically. — in Tokyo, Japan.

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Chu Hi
It’s got what plants crave! Electrolytes!
(also a delicious adult beverage) — in Tokyo, Japan.

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Milky seafood cup o’ noodles anyone? — at HIROO.

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Sweet potato is super popular as a snack in Japan. So is squid. — at Asakusabashi, Tokyo.

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Menu written directly on the wall at this restaurant in Roppongi. I thought the “mush” potato seemed interesting. 🙂 — at Roppongi Tokyo.

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The menus in Japan were so amusing to me. Just the sheer unfamiliarity of the ingredients combined with the word translations to English were a never-ending source of fascination for me. — at Roppongi Tokyo.

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Tokyo, Japan Food

Tokyo, Japan Food

Tokyo, Japan Food

Tokyo, Japan Food

Hamburg steack and egg — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.

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The label says spaghetti but I ain’t never seen me no black spaghetti before. Those are squid rings thrown in with it. — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.

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Green peas with bacon and egg — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.

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Squid cocktail — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.

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A favorite Japanese dish, Seafood Pizza. This one is squid and anchovy. — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.

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Not sure what a “Doria” is. It looks like it’s supposed to be an Itailian dish. — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.

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Meaty dish with an egg on top. — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.

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Coffee jelly with ice cream — in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.