Jun 17, 2008

Snack Review: LOOK premium chocolate apricot flavor

This review is coming in very late, I'm not sure why I had put it off for so long, but better late then never I suppose. Today I am reviewing LOOK premium filled chocolate apricot flavor. I bought these at a local shop that sells cute goods from Japan and Korea. They have a tiny section of snacks, but often have things that you can't find elsewhere (in MN) my mom choose this from their offerings.

I wasn't sure that it was going to taste that great, considering the price and the fact that it was imported, but it really was fabulous! There is a coating of chocolate that is just the right thickness and tastes very creamy. It wasn't gritty or bitter in the least. Inside the chocolate is a center of solid white cream, that slowly melts in your mouth.

All this sounds really sweet and perhaps a bit too decadent, but there is a surprise hidden in the white filling - apricot bits! These are crunchy and very flavorful pieces of apricot. I'm not sure if it's real freeze dried apricot or something synthetic, but it's tangy non-sweet taste stands out well against the chocolate and cream.

If it had just been cream filled chocolate it really wouldn't been anything special, delicious, but not special. The crispy apricot pieces really make this snack choco very satisfying, and very difficult to put down.

= Quick facts =
Name: LOOK premium chocolate, apricot flavor
Source: import store
Amount: 10 pieces
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5)

Jun 11, 2008

Creating Dreams - Osaka hosts

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief
Number 2, Owner and Number 1

If you haven't seen The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief, but have an interest in the slightly odd facets of Japanese culture and nightlife I say it's high time you give it a look.

Official synopsis - The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief introduces an extraordinary hidden world of Japanese nightlife in Osaka's Cafe Rakkyo. The denizens of this glamorous demi-monde, dedicated to partying till they drop, are captured by first time documentary producer/director, Jake Clennell with candid and poignant insight. Presided over by the charismatic, enigmatic Issei, the number one "host boy" in town, the club offers a new twist on the ancient geisha tradition. Glamorous host boys make beautiful young women laugh, feel good about their lives -- and pay handsomely for their pleasure. In this secret, outcast society of wealthy young people, money seems to mean easy gratification. But all these stylish players have to pay for their pleasures, and they can cost more than money.


I had a decent idea what hosts are and what they do to make their living, but watching this documentary I feel I was able to understand the motivations of the hosts and their clients. It's hard to watch the hosts lie to get the girls to spend more money, it's hard to watch the girls fall in love with the hosts that can't return their love. But it's so quiet, insightful and honest that you can't help but be drawn into their world. So please check it out!

Jun 8, 2008

Tragedy - 7 killed randomly in Akiba

Today, Sunday, A 25 year old man, Tomohiro Kato from Susono Shizuoka, was arrested by police after he drove a rental van into a group of pedestrians on Chou-dori in Akihabara. This area was closed for vehicle use. He then exited his car and began to stab bystanders. Totalling in 10 injured and 7 dead including 5 men aged 19, 20, 29, 33, 47, 74 and one 21 year old woman.

For more information on this tragic event look
here at Japan Today news or
here at Japan Probe

There are some graphic and disturbing images. This is truly awful news, and my heart goes out to those injured, killed, and their families. This man stated that it didn't matter who he killed. It's too bad Japanese people are not more caring of strangers, the mindset is that if they don't know the person then that person just doesn't matter.