Just thinking of how much I lucked out choosing the best day for a Mt. Fuji visit, landing an amazing Klook tour guide (her name is Peggy), and seeing a marvelous view of the landscape atop a hill, with the sight framed by cherry blossoms that have just bloomed. 🌸🌸🌸
Surprisingly, Cranberry and Almond is the best among all the Kit-Kats we bought (Green Tea not counted). It’s a good take on the traditional fruit and nut. While the Sakura Japanese Sake has a gritty texture and sweet bubblegum flavor with just a faint hint of alcohol. Have a few other variants to go through—pretty excited for the Senses flavor line that @chaaari gave me. 〰️ What’s the most interesting Kit-Kat flavor you’ve tasted? My favorite is soybean! It’s too bad I didn’t see any bags for the taking at DonKi. 〰️ As you may already know, Kit-Kats are popular in Japan as these have become a symbol and gesture of well-wishing. In a country fond of small gifts, the name of this chocolate treat (Kitto Katto) resembles Kitto Katsu, which means “Never Fail.” Notice how it’s the only Kit-Kats that have spaces meant for short dedications? It started as a subculture for high school students, where they gave it out to friends during examinations. And it blew up, now having each Japanese prefecture creating their own unique flavors to stand for their region’s best produce. #IShouldBeATourGuide #VinnyTours
Bought strawberry mochi from the same stall at Tsukiji market. The last time I ate this bad boy, I had a bad case of sore throat. Now I savored it as much as I could. The chocolate version is a lot more tastier, though. I tried daifuku (red bean) on this visit.
𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙄 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚, 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙚, 𝙄’𝙫𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙘𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙮 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙜𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙣 𝙧𝙪𝙡𝙚. ICYMI, all italics are lyrics from contemporary philosopher John Mayer. 〰️ Fan fact (that probably no one cares about): I wrote and finished my thesis listening to one song on loop—My Stupid Mouth from his first album, Room Full of Squares.
The Godiva ice cream cups are so much better than the go-to soft-serve. You can choose from a variety of chocolate tastes, each differing with their bitterness and fruity layers. The one I got, Milk Chocolate Chip, had quite an acidic base but was balanced by the generous amount of heart-shaped chocolate chips! It gave it such a good crunch and dynamic flavor. The Tanzania Dark and Milk Chocolate is also a must-try combination! It’s smooth, creamy, and bittersweet in all the right ways. Plus, it’s a dollar cheaper. The best part is, you can spot it at konbinis, too! I love eating ice cream in cold weather cause it never melts and it helps normalize the cold in my system. 😂
Deep-fried matcha mochi. The taste was forgettable, unfortunately. #LamourTravel #TokyoAdVINZture #AlwaysElsewhere🛫
Sake and Shintoism. The Japanese believe that it is a drink shared by gods and man. Sake has a way of bringing the two together, they say. Sake’s olden name, miki, was written with the same characters that make for the words “god” and “wine.” There are close to 2,000 sake brewers in the country and over 6 million Shinto shrines and temples. The ones at Meiji Jingu are empty barrels that are offered to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, who both led their nation towards modernization. #IShouldBeATourGuide #VinnyTours #LamourTravel #TokyoAdVINZture #AlwaysElsewhere🛫
Saw this mom teach her kid how to pray to two sacred trees that symbolized matrimony and fertility. “We have a good family, don’t we?” she asked her son before they put their palms together in reverence. #LamourTravel #TokyoAdVINZture #AlwaysElsewhere🛫