In Japanese culture, when someone goes on a trip or even to a major amusement park, they feel compelled to buy お土産 (souvenirs) for friends and family…and even their co-workers (if they’re aware of the trip).
Normally, they like to give a “regional” souvenir. Something that represents the city or country that they visited…even a “I ♥ NY ” key-chain from a trip to New York could be a gift good enough for a co-worker or such.
When Japanese people go on a domestic trip (visit another town or city within Japan), it’s popular to buy a local food item as a souvenir.
So, currently, Kit-Kat Japan are offering ご当地お土産 (Regional Souvenirs).
Map of Japan showing regional Kit-Kat flavors for various areas.
I’ve written a number of posts about the myriad of Kit-Kat flavors in Japan. (Click here to see my posts about a large variety).
Some of the special Kit-Kat flavors that the map above shows:
- Rum Raisin flavor Kit-Kat for Tokyo
- Strawberry Cheesecake flavor Kit-Kat for all of Japan in a special Mt. Fuji box
- Strawberry Cheesecake flavor Kit-Kat for Yokohama
- Kobe Pudding flavor Kit-Kat for Kobe
What Kit-Kat flavors have you tried? How did you like them?
You can design your own original Kit-Kat package with any photograph you like of your family, friends, pet, or whatever, and have that picture on a pack of regular, dark, or green tea Japanese Kit-Kats.
Kit-Kat Japan’s 「チョコラボキットカット」 (“Kit-Kat Chocolate collaboration”) website
Click here to go the Kit-Kat Japan website where you can design and order original Kit-Kat packages (site is in Japanese only).
Kit-Kat Japan is famous for their numerous unique flavors.
(Click here to see a post I wrote about some of the many different flavors.)
Right now, Kit-Kat Japan is offering 「パンプキンプリン味」 (“Pumpkin Pudding Flavor”) Kit-Kits for Halloween.
In Japan, Kit-Kat offers many unique only-in-Japan flavors.
( I wrote a post about some of the Kit-Kat Japan flavors.)
But one of their recent products was for a special cause…the “Kit-Kat World Variety” went on sale in Japan last March and ¥20 from each package sold went toward the rebuilding of the Sanriku train line (in Tohoku, Japan) which was destroyed in the 2011 March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
“Kit-Kat World Variety”
What makes Kit-Kat “World Variety” unique is that the package contains thirteen Kit-Kat chocolates…three are from Japan, five are from Australia and the other five are from England…this is because chocolate is made slightly differently in every country around the world and therefore tastes differently.
In addition to donating to the reconstruction of the train line, Kit-Kat also asked people from around the world to visit their Facebook page and leave messages of hope to the people of Tohoku who were affected by the disaster…and many of those messages were displayed on the body of the new trains for the Sanriku line.
Another new only-in-Japan “junkfood” product will be by Pepsi Japan soon.
Last December, Pepsi Japan offered “Pepsi Pink“. And, next month, they will begin selling “Pepsi Black“.
This drink will contain 50% less sugar and will have a “lemon flavor”.
I wrote a post before about some of the unique “Japan only” flavors of “Kit-Kat” chocolates in Japan (Click here to read it).
Well, as Kit-Kat Japan often does, they have introduced a few new flavors recently:
"Big Little Strawberry Kit-Kat"
"Maccha Assort" (6pcs of "Green Tea Kit-Kat" and 7pcs of "Milk Green Tea Kit-Kat")
"Yubari Melon Kit-Kat" (Yubari is a town in Hokkaido, Japan famous for it's melon)
Kit-Kat Japan isn’t the only company in Japan that offers unique “only-in-Japan” products.
Some others are Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Pepsi-Cola, McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King.
Currently, Burger King Japan is offering two new styles of their “Whopper” sandwich in Japan:
the “All Heavy“, which has extras of all of the condiments on the sandwich…at no extra charge (¥420), and the “Meat Monster“, which has an extra hamburger patty, bacon and chicken…this one costs almost double the normal cost of a “Whopper” (¥820).
Burger King Japan's "All Heavy" Whopper and "Meat Monster" Whopper
Do any of these look good to you?
Here are a few photos I took around Tokyo yesterday.
Public mailboxes in Japan are orange and have two slots. One for domestic mail and one for international.
But in late December, they’re changed…they become one slot for 「年賀状」 (New Years Postcards) and the other slot for all other mail.
Click here to read a post I wrote that explains a lot about New Years in Japan…including 「年賀状」 (New Years Postcards).
Until early January, the left slot is for 「年賀状」 (New Years Postcards) and the one on the right is for other mail.
「年賀郵便」 (New Year's mail)
Yesterday was 「天皇誕生日」 (the Emperor of Japan’s birthday). It’s a national holiday in Japan.
On Japanese national holidays many buildings such as post offices and 交番 (Police Boxes) display the 「日の丸」 (Japanese flag). It can also be seen on the front of city buses and along streets.
Putting the flag away in the evening.
「パンダ・クロース」 ("Panda Claus")
This panda reminded me of a sign I saw last March in Ueno about the panda that the zoo will be getting.
Click here to read my post about it.
Also, I have a few posts about the many different flavors of Kit-Kat in Japan.
Click here to see the most extensive post.
Well, I saw a store in 東京駅 (Tokyo train station) that sold many of the flavors.
This store sold many flavors, including 「わさび」 (Wasabi), 「いちみ」 (Chili), Strawberry Cheesecake, and the store's recommendation: Blueberry Cheesecake.
Do you like Kit-Kat chocolates?
In your country, what types of flavors of Kit-Kat are available? Are there many flavors?
Kit-Kat in Japan is famous for constantly selling very original new flavors.
Click here to read a post I wrote about some of the numerous flavors of Kit-Kat in Japan.
The latest Kit-Kat flavor in Japan is 「杏仁豆腐風味」 (“Annin-doufu flavor“).
Annin-doufu is “Chinese Almond Jelly” dessert.
Annin-doufu (Chinese Almond Jelly) with fruit
I like Annin-doufu (Chinese Almond Jelly) so maybe I’ll try this.