I’ve always been enamoured by Japanese snacks. The first time I entered Japan Mart, my eyes were delighted by the shelves of cute and quirky packaging. I loved how some of them had mascots. I loved how the hiragana was so cute and round. I loved how the graphic design was so different to the western designs I was so used to seeing. There seemed to be a charm that I could not explain. I was so happy walking up and down the aisles searching for the next cute character to pop around the corner. That alone could get me to buy something off the shelf.
When I was younger, I didn’t have much money to spend on such ‘luxury’ snacks. They were much more expensive than the ordinary snacks we see every day at the supermarket. So, the one time my Mum bought me Pocky with a cute illustration of a panda, I treasured the snack with great care. I carefully opened the package, trying not to ruin the box … and savoured every bite. I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the package because it was too cute, so I kept it for art inspiration.
Even now, it is quite difficult for me to throw away a package with cute illustrations on it. They just fill me up with such joy ;o; It’s also nice to try something different every now and then.
So after all that, I welcome you to my new series “Snack Corner” where I bring you a silly review of some snack and a silly cute drawing to go along with it! Yay, snacks ftw. I’m no food critic but whatever. Here’s goes nothing~
I present to you … Jagabee!
Unfortunately, the very first post is not so cute and more potato-like, but great all the same.
Looks like it would taste delicious. C’mon look at that appetising picture of a freshly torn potato *chuckle*. I couldn’t tell if they would really look like the hot chips in the background. They might have stuck the graphic in to give us the “feeling” that it would taste like them …
I had a good feeling about the cup style. It reminded me of instant noodles. I only noticed the little character after chomping down a few, but its oh so subtly cute ;o; The green and yellow colours sort of emit a ‘healthy’ feeling within, even though I’m pretty sure I know otherwise.
The actual snack totally looked like fries from McDonalds, but a tad thicker. It was weird eating a fry that wasn’t hot? But DAMN IT WAS SO GOOD, MMM. They taste a bit like the kettle chips and have an almost weightless centre. I could eat a few packets of these in a row …
Have some potato mascots. Aren’t they cute?