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The earlier posts in this series are all about authentic Japanese foods that we have been eating some exported versions outside Japan (Part 1 is about noodles, part 2 about izakaya, part 3 is about grilled foods as well as tonkatsu and curry, and part 4 is about wagashi.

Japanese snacks is an entire world of new experiences – fun or luxurious packaging, interesting ingredients, traditional or modern tastes – sweet, salty, spicy, fishy, in myriad combinations, or all at once.

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Our bag of crackers came from a supermarket nearby.  This slice of squid caught our eyes.

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Some pieces looked like fossils of ancient crustaceans recovered from an archaeological dig.

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Marbled with seaweed, they are tasty.

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We must be mad – taking portraits of rice crackers.

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well, after a long day of trekking around Tokyo …

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In addition to these supermarket products, we tried some fancy shrimp crackers that come in a gift box, ten individually wrapped and cost almost $20.  (we ate them quickly and are not shown here)

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While eating salty crackers, you might want something to drink. Not a problem around here. The street corner at the end of our street has ten vending machines !

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The machines sell mostly soft drinks, but also cigarettes.

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Pepsi, no Coke. Buying drinks this way is really inexpensive, most are about 120 to 140 yen.

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Marlboro and Lark.

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One machine sells alcohol, Asahi, and Kirin beer, sake and even whisky.

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The vending machines also sell warm/hot drinks – tea and coffee but also this warm sweet corn soup. It was quite tasty and felt nourishing – IT’s fav. There are more than 60 different kinds of drinks available from these machines.

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This is my favorite, Green DaKaRa – a watery juice mix or multi-flavored water. I(Chris) cannot describe it. One can work it out by deciphering the icons … ok, it has various citrus fruits, tomatoes, grapes, aloe, honey, white substances, black beans, diamonds and a gold bar ?!

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One of Sue’s fav is the peach water below.

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On the way to the airport, we bought all these drinks with the lose change in our pocket … before security check, without thinking … meaning we had to finish them while waiting in line !

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