Japanese Whisky and its Scottish Origins: Drinking in Japan

When talking about whisky (or “whiskey” for those in the USA), Scotland is sure to come up in the conversation– but did you know that there is such a thing as Japanese whisky as well?  If you’re craving a rich and complex glass of whisky reminiscent of the highlands, you no longer have to fly to the UK to get a sip of the exclusive drink. Not many people know about it, but there are actually whisky experts nurturing a…

Amazing Japanese Convenience Store Food – What to Expect at the Konbini

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Amazing Japanese Convenience Store Food – What to Expect at the Konbini

A cheerful bell rings and staff members call out a polite welcome as you step through sliding doors and are met with a wave of warm, heavenly smells… This may sound like the grand entrance you would expect at a luxury resort-– but it’s actually the standard experience of popping into a local Japanese convenience store! For first-timers, a visit to a konbini (“convenience store” in Japanese) might seem overwhelming. While you may recognize some of the foods and drinks…

12 Unique Japanese Kit Kat Flavors You Need to Try

12 Unique Japanese Kit Kat Flavors You Need to Try

The origin of Kit Kat, the chocolate-covered wafer bar, goes back to 1911 when British confectionery company Rowntree trademarked the term. It wasn’t until the 1920s that production started, and became wildly successful. Most people are familiar with the traditional Kit Kat which is milk chocolate over crispy wafers. There have been variations like white chocolate, dark chocolate, and mint. You might be surprised to hear there are a lot more Kit Kat flavors you’ve probably never seen. That is…