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Whether you found yourself drooling over anime food or came across an Instagram post, Japan continuously leaves us wondering what these edibles taste like. It’s not surprising that when I moved to Japan, the only gift requests I received were for Japanese food and snacks. Through trial and (very funny) error, I have discovered that these gifts have received the best reactions while being inexpensive, light and suitcase friendly.
1. Mini Kewpie mayo
Japanese mayonnaise (pictured above right) has gained popularity around the world due to its unique sweet flavor. Kewpie’s travel-sized mayo bottles are easy to pack and make a great gift for that trendy foodie friend. (Oh, and if you’re not a huge fan of mayo, you can also buy other mini versions of Japanese sauces at most convenience stores.)
2. Cup noodles
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So many to choose from…
Another convenience store favorite. This college dorm staple originally hails from the land of the rising sun. As a result, unique flavors such as cheese curry or tomato are just as readily available as the original flavors. This lightweight product packs well and piques even the pickiest eater’s interest.
3. Diet candies
Photo by Natsuko Mazany
This paradox of a treat is a lot easier to find in Japan compared to most countries. What makes it better is that many of these candies are actually delicious. Konnyaku (devil’s tongue, a taro-like root vegetable) jellies and gummies are low in calories and easily absorb flavors, common in many Japanese diet foods.
4. Kracie kits
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