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Extended Snack Information – August / Sept 2018 Box

Here is this month’s extended write-up about the snacks included in this month’s summer themed box. We hope everyone has had a good summer and not been too worn out with the extreme temperatures.

Please note that the “electric shock gum” is not actually gum, and not actually shocking. It’s a regular candy with a sticker inside the pack meant to resemble a real-life object to trick your friends and family. More details inside!

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Happy Honey Day!

We hope you’re having a great summer? Where will you go on your holidays?

Here in Japan, it is obviously very hot. It is in the high 30C everday with no sign of Autumn. 頑張ろう! (Ganbarou!)

Anyway, Happy Honey Day people!

Honey Day is celebrated in Japan on August 3rd every year. Although it is not a big nor famous event, some people do partake, even if it is just putting honey on their toast in the morning!

In the Japanese language (8 is hachi, 3 is mitsu, and hachimitsu means “honey”), so obviously an event had to be created!

Why don’t you celebrate by devouring a spoonful of honey!?

Extended Snack Information for July / August 2018

Happy summer everyone!

We hope your box arrives safely, apologies again (please see the e-mail) if one or two of the chocolate-based products arrive in less than ideal condition. It’s been super hot in Japan these last few weeks.

When you have your flyer in hand, enter the password at the address below to get a whole load more information on this month’s selection. Read on, grab a snack and enjoy….

Malc & Rich

Taste Japan

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Extended Snack Information for June / July 2018

Hello dear subscribers! We hope you’re enjoying the huge bundle of snacks crammed into this month’s super tasty box of Japanese treats.

As usual, enter your password from this month’s flyer at the address below to get even more interesting info and our opinions as you try this month’s snack lineup:


Malc & Rich

Taste Japan

Welcome to the Rainy Season…

Hey guys, June is here which means Japan sees the start of 梅雨 (tsuyuu) or “rainy season” as it’s come to have been known in English.

If you ask the locals, June is the last month that they would recommend to visit so good luck to all of you who have booked a trip during the month! After starting in the middle of June, the rainy season lasts for about six weeks until the humidity clears and the scorching summer begins.

The only place to escape the rainy season is the northern most prefecture of Hokkaido where temperatures remain in the mid-20Cs throughout the summer, which is perfect for most people, especially us Brits!

At least it gives us the chance to introduce some rainy season related vocabulary below, which you can hopefully practice to improve your Japanese…

kanji japanese english
 雨 あめ
大雨 おおあめ
heavy rain
小雨 こさめ
light rain
豪雨 ごうう
heavy rain
台風 たいふう
梅雨 つゆ
 the rainy season
地雨  じあめ
  continuous rain
夕立  ゆうだち
春雨  はるさめ
 spring rain
時雨 しぐれ
drizzling rain
霧雨 きりさめ
misty rain
五月雨 さみだれ
early summer rain

The following table shows the average starting and ending dates of the rainy season for selected regions of Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency:

Region Start End
Okinawa May 8 June 23
Southern Kyushu May 29 July 13
Shikoku June 4 July 17
Kansai (incl. Kyoto) June 6 July 19
Kanto (incl. Tokyo) June 8 July 20
Northern Tohoku June 12 July 27

The rainy season in Japan is is caused by the collision of northern and southern air systems and produces, surprisingly, a lot of rain. The problem for us humans is the humidity at this time of year – you cannot leave your house without dripping almost instantly. A truly tough six weeks.

It doesn’t actually rain every day during rainy season, with Tokyo registering around an average of 12 rainy days in June – that said we did just say it starts in the middle of that month! Let’s just say it’s not the best time of the year so がんばります! (Try your best!).

Extended Snack Info – May / June 2018

Here’s this month’s write-up for all your snacking needs! Much more detail provided than the newsletter including some interesting trivia and trailers for all our snacks this month. Enter the password from your newsletter at the link below and enjoy!