This has turned out to be the year of the Hyuganatsu! In case you haven’t heard of that particular citrus fruit you are probably not alone. The Hyuganatsu (日向夏) is a sweetish lemon like, sour fruit from Miyazaki prefecture in southern Japan. It’s a fantastic fruit and my current favorite, and recently we’ve had quite a few hyuganatsu flavored soft drinks and juices available in stores. This one is new limited edition version of the classic Calpis soft drink. I had to try one and of course it was excellent! Don’t miss it if you like the ordinary Calpis! I took this photo in a local Family Mart convenience store.
When winter hits Japan I go into hibernation and there’s not much that can rouse me out of warm cocoon that is my futon from January to February, hence it is not a mystery that there is one major folklore event in Japan that I know nothing about, the setsubun! I leave it to brother Wikipedia to explain it to you, but trust me in telling you that it involves demons in shorts that can only be fought off by a well placed barrage of beans. During the first week of February there’s demons all over Tokyo and many shops put on nice setsubun decorations that I always tend to miss. It was hard to miss this scowling demon guarding a Familymart convenience store in Asakusa earlier this week though!
My latest ice-cream find! Tre Buono, Italian inspired ice-cream from Family Mart, a popular convenience store chain all over Japan. It reminds me of ice-cream I used to eat as a kid, strawberry, banana and melon, triple flavored. The package design is lovely, doesn’t it look just like the old Parappa the Rapper game characters?