KitKats and Castles
KitKats are huge in Japan.
Around 2000, Nestle started marketing weird flavors of KitKats for Japan and then rolling out new flavors all of the time. They’re now really popular as gifts, especially around Christmastime. I had no idea of this before I came here and started seeing odd KitKat flavors in convenience stores. I picked these up out of curiosity:
Here is an article talking about the KitKat program Nestle has in Japan😃
They even did this last year.
So, after I arrived in Osaka, I discovered that there are actually 8 KitKat Chocolatories in Japan, which ONLY SELL SPECIAL KITKATS! Suddenly, purchasing chocolate became my number one priority on my Osaka tour!
This Chocolatory is inside a Daimaru, which is a really nice department store chain, and (like all of the department stores) has a food speciality floor on the basement level!
Ten minute wait in line, snaking around stanchions, and I came away with these:
The flavors I purchased: Butter, Pistachio Raspberry, Green Tea & Kinako, Chili & Passonfruit, Strawberry Maple, Orange Cocktail Noir, and Sakura Green Tea!! I’m trying them and sending the rest home as gifts😊
As a footnote (because this is wayyyy less exciting than the KitKat store, I’m ashamed to say): Osaka Castle. Very grand and beautiful, and because it’s white, I found it interesting because it looks a lot different than the other structures I’ve been seeing in Japan.
Please let me leave you with the funniest sign I’ve ever seen
Next up: CAMBODIA