Ok, I know I am being a bad boy here – you are not supposed to take pictures inside convenience stores, but look at it as free advertising. Just look at this mayhem of soft drinks! Can any country top Japan’s fantastic convenience stores? I’d like to direct your attention to one in particular, the most expensive one, that is nothing less than the first Ichigo Daifuku soft drink (あまおう大福ミルク)! Joy oh joy! Whatever will they think of next? Being a penny pincher though, I actually opted, this time, for the chupa chups one (top right), that actually tasted like drinking lolipops. Just like the Fanta I blogged about a couple of days ago. This autumn is proving to be a bonanza for weird soft drink lovers like me! Oh, and you can tell hard core soft drink lovers by them always starting with the paper package drink sections: cheaper and with a faster turn over!
This my friends, is my absolute favorite when it comes to Japanese traditional sweets. The Ichigo Daifuku (苺大福) is a strawberry inside sweet bean paste covered in a layer of powdered and pounded sweet sticky rice paste. It is much better than it sounds and even people who are usually not into red bean paste enjoy this one! There’s several other variants where instead of strawberry you have other sweets and fruits or even salt or coffee! But this is the best one. Found in a Ginza sweet shop. Expensive but well worth it.