17.9.11

giveaway!
cupcake candles.
caramel leaf tea.
umeboshi sheet.
cupcake tape.
okay, I don't actually know what these are.

I really like you, so I bought you a present.

Okay... it's only for one of you. You're going to have to fight off the opposition first, but that shouldn't be hard, cause let's face it, this blog has a pretty small readership. Also, you don't literally have to fight. Unless you want to?


The Giveaway:
  • 2 x sweets candles (do not judge me)
  • caramel leaf tea from Afternoon Tea, my new favourite shop ever.
  • umeboshi sheet (umeboshi is Japanese dried pickled plum, it's kind of sweet and sour and awesome. I bought a packet of this last week and it blew my mind with how weird and flavourful it was).
  • 1 x cupcake printed sticky tape (THERE IS NO LOGIC BEHIND THIS, IT'S JUST REALLY CUTE)
  • a packet of... this kind of... thing? Okay I don't know what it is. It's a Japanese seasonal sweet - the only word I can read on the packaging that isn't in kanji is maple; I just wanted to add a bit of autumnal feeling.

The Rules:
  • Anyone can enter. You don't have to have a blog, you don't have to be in Japan or the UK... you just have to enter.
  • For one entry: Leave a comment below telling me what Japanese food, drink or experience you'd most like to try :D. There are no correct answers... the winner will be randomly selected. So basically you can say whatever you want, unless it's rude, in which case... I will send you a box of poop instead of one of cute stuff.
  • For a second entry: Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway, including a link to this page. Make sure to leave another comment below saying you've done so so that you're entered again.
  • Wait, you really want to win? It's not that big of a deal, it's just a little somethin'-somethin' to say how much I like you. Okay then, for a third entry: Link back to this post on your own blog. And if you don't have a blog... shit man, I don't know. Am I being biased towards bloggers? I don't have a solution for this.

Other Stuff:

  •   Entries must be in by Saturday 24th of September at 12pm (Japanese time) to have a chance of winning. That's 4am in the UK, 11pm on Friday 23rd on the East Coast of the USA, 8pm on Friday on the West Coast. I'll announce the winner later that day, so you can contact me with your address for postage purposes.
  • As I said above, winners will be randomly selected with an online random number generator. No cheats. 
  • I spent a lot of time scrutinising packaging, so I'm moderately sure that all the edible items in here are vegan. BUT, as I said above, my Japanese reading is very limited, so although I'm confident about the umeboshi sheet and the caramel tea, I'm less sure about the maple sweets. If you are a very strict vegan or super super allergic to dairy, please take this warning into account, okay? It's why I also included non-edible items, to be sure there's something for everyone.
Ganbatte, mina-san!

31 comments

  1. I would most like to try Japanese food that isn't sushi! May sound odd, but I have a very limited knowledge of Japan in general and it would be nice to try something I've not heard of. Hearing Japanese music live would be my experience I think or maybe seeing a traditional play.Louxxx

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  2. About to link this on twitter also :p xxx

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  3. Considering you are yummy-yummy and currently living in Japan, is it considered a valid entry if I say I want to eat you? :P

    No? Okay. Fine. Spoil my fun.

    I don't really have any specific kind of Japanese food that I want to try, because I'm confined to eating non-seafood related components of their cuisine but I love, love, love gyoza and if I could, I'd eat it forever.

    Anyway, I'm going to go off and tweet this, because I'm a suckeroni for cute things and TEA!

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  4. Well who would I be to pass up this opportunity!
    I know it is cliched but I really do like Sushi...however I don't think I've experienced a lot of it! And I would like to..I think I am a big fan of Norimaki (sp?!)

    This box of fun looks so adorable might I add! Especially excited by the idea of caramel tea =D

    Hope everything is going well for you...now off to retweet this for a second chance to be entered...don't have a blog unfortunately!

    Love you longtime
    <3
    Xx

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  5. Twitter LOVE!!! <3

    Xx

    PS. This means I put your link on twitter too!

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  6. I love Japanese office supplies, hello cupcake tape! I'd love to spend a few hours in a stationery supply shop. OH! Japanese fabrics/linens/kitchen gadgets are amazing too I'd definitely like to get lost in a shop full of those types of things.

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  7. Now, since I've tweeted this and commented and all that jazz, do I also get the extra incentive of smoochies? <3 I miss youuu.

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  8. I don't have a blog, or twitter, so this is my one chance to make this good, so you have to concentrate and read this properly ok?

    I LOVE YOU AND YOU LOVE JAPANESE FOOD AND I HAVE ONLY EVER TRIED WAGAMAMAS SO I NEED TO TRY NEW THINGS SO WHEN I COME AND SEE YOU I CAN TAKE YOU FOR A ROMANTIC MEAL AND NOT EMBARRASS YOU.

    Cool. Possibly bit of blackmail in that, but in a good way, sort of like why Snape pretended to be on Voldermort's side because he was in love with Lily.... ok ok my Harry Potter analogies have suffered in your absence! Looks v cute though, mwah xxxx

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  9. I am writing an article for the university about naked Japanese public bathing fun times. I would like to spend some naked Japanese bathing fun times... you you ;)

    LOL JK IT WOULD BE GREAT BECAUSE WE ARE BOTH BLIND BIDDIES, SO IF WE TOOK OUR CONTACTS OUT WE WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW IF THE OTHER WAS NAKED, AND ALL CRINGE WOULD BE GONE!

    I also want to see "The Devotion of Suspect X" film, and read the "Tantei Galileo" series... in Japan. Because they're not translated into English. Unlike "The Devotion of Suspect X". Which you should totally read. Do it. I will write a book review of it on my blog, and link it back to this to keep the Japanese theme going AND to give me a better chance of winning! Mwahaha!


    I would also like to get your Japanese address because I STILL have a postcard for you, and have had since Vienna. Gawd.

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  10. Oh yeah, and I've tweeted you. Just bigging up ma ho. Fo' shizzle.

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  11. Also I want to do THIS dance in Japan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf-C8gGSnBE

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  12. Don't have twitter so cant big you up doubley(: but defiantly mochi, and thats not at all influenced by that show Monster Ranchers! not at all!

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  13. this giveaway is super cool! i'd like to have some big bags of Japanese rice crackers my father used to bring from Japan. here, for some reason, those are insanely pricy. i like the prawny, but in fact seaweedy taste. also, i'm pretty curious about mochi or any vegan dish.

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  14. Ooh. I would love to try natto, even though it seems a bit scary.

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  15. I want to try those sweets you posted about a while ago that looked like little jewels!! Does that count?? Otherwise I'm with Fanny, natto looks cool and scary, sounds like my kind of food! x

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  16. I've always wanted to try mochi.
    hmm, is mochi japanese?!
    anywho, looks so yum!

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  17. i've been to japan a couple of times and i've tried basically all the food i want to try (i LOVE red bean mochi!!!!) but i'd like to partake a in a formal tea ceremony! that'd be cool =)

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  18. Ed Philip Mushroom23 September 2011 at 12:46

    Banana

    Great blog, loving the random giveaway of goodies, Japan sounds and looks amazing, I hope you're having fun.
    My entry of what I would want to try would be, I am being precise here:

    Fugu, I'm correct in thinking that is the poisonous pufferfish right? On a hill somewhere in rural Japan surrounded by the first blossom whilst watching the sun rise. All that essentially so if it hadn't been prepared properly I would be gazing at a beautiful sight as the poison kicked in!

    Haha writing that whilst listening to Rasputin by Boney M.

    Okay have fun, love the blog as always.

    Ed.

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  19. BLOGPOST. BOOM! http://www.backpacksandbooks.com/2011/09/taste-of-japan.html

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  20. I always wanted to taste umeboshi since I heard about them in manga comics ^^

    Francesca
    francivusk at hotmail dot it

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  21. I would like to try different types of miso soups , msg free since I love it and it's not available here in India . Also , first I'd try the japanese teas available in Japan like herbal and caffeinated . Also love those licca dolls from when I was little . yay

    tumblemumbo at gmail.com
    intl .

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  23. Hey ! I don't really have a specific food i want to try, I'd just like a big miso soup and try all the themed cafe/restaurant in tokyo ! :DD

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  24. NATO. I don't know why, but it just looks so cool

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  25. I would love to try any kind of Japanese food actually! They are all so cute & unique but unfortunately really expensive. Hopefully i can visit Japan one day & try all the wonderful food *dreams*

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  27. I'd like to try chawanmushi!! I love steam egg and I heard chawanmushi taste very different from the normal steam eggs~ ;) Yummy! ^^

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  28. I want to try. Okonomiyaki! My experience with Japanese food is that stand food is the best and Okonomiyaki is one of the few I have not had yet.

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