This chocolate is not new at all and the real reason for it's popularity is unknown but I heard that it was the favorite of one of the Japanese Olympic gymnast and it appeared on TV often after the Olympics. It tastes good and it's cheap too (28yen a piece here in the campus). You can get it almost anywhere now in any convenience store.
And today I found and interesting snack called "Matsutake chips". This is a new one and maybe available only in this season. It's not expensive at all but it is sure rare. The taste is ok, but don't expect you get a lot of matsutake aroma from this chips.
By the way, look what I found. Here's a Japanese jersey cap by Adidas to support the team. If you don't mind standing out in the crowd, get one and you can use it till the World Cup 2010 (if the Japanese team made it).
Since it's autumn, I can't help noticing "kaki" (japanese for persimmon) on the shelves of supermarkets.
"Kaki" is one of the fruit for this season. Its not rare here in Tokyo because you can see a "kaki" tree just about everywhere including my neighbor's backyard. According to the trustworthy wikipedia, Wakayama prefecture is the no. 1 producer of "kaki" in Japan. The season for it is upto September but you can get dried "kaki" through out the year.
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