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The wide and scary world of Asian products

Over the last decade or so, Japanese culture (by which I mean crudely-animated teenage girls without shirts) has gained a huge following in the U.S. From Mega 'roids to Super Happy Tentacle Yum-Yum, anime fever has arrived and is not going away, no matter how badly I want it to.

Still, anime isn't all that bad. Some of its byproducts are quite pleasurable. Take my friend Evil Jim, for example. No, Evil Jim isn't a side-effect of spy cartoons about robots in panties, but he does like spy cartoons about robots in panties, and like so many people with a taste for spy cartoons about robots in panties, Evil Jim has developed a penchant for Japanese arts, customs and products.

We're going to skip the arts and customs things because, well, there's a million websites devoted specifically to what to expect when you go to Japan. Instead, I'm going to talk about Asian—specifically Japanese—products, mostly purchased during trips with Evil Jim to Mitsuwa Marketplace, a Japanese mini-mall in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Generally the things I'll be talking about here are food products because I already have enough random plastic crap and I don't need any more of it. Come to think of it, I'm sure there are even more websites with this premise than the other one, but I can offer a uniquely boorish, American viewpoint, seeing how my world is confusing enough without having to understand the cultural significance of the snack foods I buy.

Besides, this is my site, and I get to do what I want here. That's why you see so many italics.

Probably a character from Super Happy Tentacle Yum-Yum.


"I am have bountiful day of candy & hope you am to!"
     Assorted small candies
     Fruit Gummy
     Super Lemon

"Snack when you hungly need repair!"
     Chinese Noodle Snack
     Two kinds of wheat cakes
     Shrimp Chips
     Shrimp Cookie
     Honey Flavored Twist Snack
     Pocky

"Please you could enjoy a soft drink!"
     Ramune
     GOD Coffee
     Pocari Sweat

"Beautiful and happy products for you intention of use!"
     Almighty Tong
     Funky Duck box
     Stainless steel spork
     My Favoritetableware



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