Sunday, October 11, 2015

Where's Waldo Gum

Japanese Gum Review #16

Lotte has finally listened to the consumers and made a Where's Waldo themed gum. By the way, it's Where's Wally in Japan. There were several different covers, and I chose the one where he's doing the traditional Fit's dance. If you don't know what I'm talking about... I don't have time for you. Please stop reading now.

You've probably noticed that Wally wears red and white. That's why you likely already guessed that this is a strawberry and milk flavored gum. Actually, it mostly tasted like really fake strawberry candy with a hint of fake milk. I'd say it was a little kid flavor.

The best part of this gum, hands down, was the back of the box. Free Where's Wally!!!!! (hint: he's wearing red and white).

Gaybot: 5  Bumped it up from a 4.5 for the packaging. Why don't all boxes have crap like this?
Girlbot: 5  She says it tastes like a gum she had as a child.
Overall: 5

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Character Spotlight: Fusan

When the Softbank Hawks win a baseball game a bunch of white jet balloons are released. The idea behind this year's new mascot, Fusan, is that he wants to someday fly with those balloons. He's a balloon.

The costume appears big enough for the person inside to move around and make it look like Fusan is bouncing on his head. That's kind of cool, but it's also cool that he can't get himself off the field.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ginger Ale Soy Milk

Japanese Food Review #109

Juice-box-sized soy milk comes in many different flavors in Japan, but I'd never seen this one before. The front of the box tells you it's non-carbonated as well as a source for fiber, two things people are always looking for in their ginger ale soy milk. Also of note, this whole 200ml box is only 38 calories. Normal, non-sweetened soy milk would usually be 110 calories or so. The secret is that the second ingredient is lemon juice. It must be 40% of it or something. There's also actual ginger juice, which is something you won't find in most ginger ales these days.

It tasted mostly like ginger ale. Like pretty bad, strange ginger ale. I'm not sure I would have known there was soy milk in it at all just from the taste. I took three sips and wasn't repulsed, but I will never have it again.

Gaybot: 3
Girlbot: 1  She thinks it tastes like if she mixed the homemade ginger ale she tried to make (which she thought was horrible) with soy milk.
Overall: 2

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Cat Marketing

Just like the old adage, "Sex and multiple cat mouths sell." (I think they shortened it because they're basically the same thing).

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Can't believe I'm just learning now that NBA stands for New Boom Action. This explains so much.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Maybe you dudez know that a mag-lev train is being built that will someday connect Tokyo and Osaka. There is still a debate about whether the train should go through Kyoto or Nara. One proud citizen of Nara has taken it upon himself to... I don't know what he thinks he's doing really, but he wants the train to go through Nara.

He has constructed an amazing costume and calls himself Linny-kun (the train is known as "linear" in Japanese). For some reason he's still only an unofficial character.

It's hard not to get super pumped up when you see a maybe dead train man with a human body but no face for some reason. But Linny-kun goes the extra mile to get the kids excited.

I guess he gives any kid who wants one a "ride". He also gave an especially lucky soccer player one.

Oh, I said he doesn't have a face, but, I don't know, he has the face of death or whatever.

Recently he sported a nice, new, yellow outfit.

Apparently he wore this in Nara Park where tame deer roam. He said, "The deer run away from the white costume, but they're attracted to the yellow." What a wise man. When asked about how he felt about pushing his face repeatedly into the ground of a park covered in deer crap, he said, "I'm used to it."

Source: Nara Keizai Shimbun

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Evil Genius Victimizes Cake Shops

Check out this goldmine.
An unemployed 45 year old woman was arrested in Itami, Hyogo under the suspicion that she committed fraud... the most delicious kind of fraud. Police says she called 1,200 stores, most of which were cake shops, and asked for a refund saying things like, "There's a hair in my cake."

They say she made around 7000 calls to stores in 30 different cities all over the country between February and July of this year. She also called directory assistance about 4,650 times because she doesn't know that the internet exists.

Of course we all fantasize about finding a hair in our food so we get a refund and then still eat the entire dish, but who, other than maybe some 1930s cartoon character, would think to lie about it?

One can safely assume that she's rolling in dough (wink, wink, bread dough that is... because she called bakeries and stuff). The police have already told the press that one bread shop gave her ¥1085, and she swindled another cake shop into coughing up ¥356. When you're getting those kind of pay days, you can't really blame her for breaking the law.

Source: Yomiuri Online

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Playboy Club

A lot of people might think that the great Hugh Hefner could sue a company for doing this, but I tend to think he doesn't have much of a case. Clearly different bunnies. This one's ear is bent down a little. Completely changes the whole vibe.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cardboard Artist

I guess cardboard art is a thing because Monami Ohno says, "I am a Japanese cardboard artists." She certainly is one of the better cardboard artists, at least in Japan. You can follow her on twitter (@mbrid02) or instagram (mbrid01). Or you can look at some of her cardboard artworks below and then forget of her existence.

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Salted Salmon Soft Candy

Japanese Food Review #108

This candy is called Puccho. It's a soft candy with little chunks of gummy candy in it. I think it's a good brand as far as major soft candy brands go. This, obviously, looks repulsive. It's the first time I considered only taking a picture instead of doing a proper review, but I know there are readers out there that want to know if this is simply horrible or the worst snack of all time.

This diagram explains that there are gummies inside of a salted salmon flavored soft candy. Then that red thing in the middle represents real salmon flakes. What the hell.

I have to say, I do like the look of the candy.

I ate only the edge of one at first. It didn't really taste fishy at all. It kind of tasted lemony. I ate a little more and gave the rest to Girlbot. She agreed and was disappointed that it wasn't the worst thing in the history of the world. Then I ate a whole one... and there were several large chunks of salmon mixed with the lemony candy. It was disgusting.

Gaybot: 1  I have to say, I like the look of the candy and the package. I wish it didn't have fish inside of it.
Girlbot:  1
Overall: 1

It's tied for fourth worst snack reviewed on this site. Probably about right.