So, if you read my last post you’ll know that I bought quite a bit of stuff at Hyper Japan. A lot, actually. More than I ever intended to buy.
I actually ended up dipping into my savings so I could buy all this, which, when you see what I bought, will seem ridiculous. There is literally nothing that I needed, just a ton of stuff that I couldn’t bring myself to leave all alone, on a stall full of thousands of other things. Yep, there’s no excuse. But I did get to watch Andy attempt to make a pizza out of powder and show off my cuddly octopus (not a euphemism), so who needs savings?!
The alpaca earrings were the first thing I bought at Hyper Japan. Because everybody needs a cute pair of fluffy animals in their ears. I obviously spent a good two minutes imagining all the ways these would useful before I bought them, which include, but are not limited to:
1. Encouraging people to converse with you about alpacas.
2. Showing your appreciation for the alpacas of the world.
3. For making people think you have an impressive gang of alpaca friends, so they’ll feel intimidated by your awesomeness.
…I’m obviously joking. I just liked the earrings. They’re from here if you also wish to impress people with your alpaca powers.
The Vaporeon earrings were from Sushi Studios. They had all the Eeveelutions on the stall (apart from Umbreon), which made it really difficult to decide which pair to buy. I’ll definitely be buying some more – I need Umbreon and Sylveon!
Because I’d been watching loads of snack unboxing videos before Hyper Japan, I ended up buying so much food. Here’s a list of some of the things I bought:
(List goes from left to right, starting at the top)
Popin’ Cookin’ DIY Candy Kit – Ice Cream – These kits contain little moulds, and sachets of flavoured powder, which you mix with water to create your own sweets. Although I’ve not done this one yet, I have done different DIY kits before and they’re so much fun. Mine never turn out like the picture though, because I’m rubbish! You can buy one here.
White Peach Mochi – Mochi are Japanese rice cakes, which usually have a flavoured centre. Being a lover of mochi, I really wanted to try this premium selection that I found on one of the food stalls. And it didn’t disappoint! Although chewier than the mochi I’ve had previously, the peach flavour was just amazing, and I had to stop myself from eating the whole box in one go!
Oreo Wafers – I got these because I love Oreo biscuits, but they weren’t as great as I thought they’d be. Unfortunately, the chocolate on them tasted a bit cheap, and they didn’t quite have the flavour of an actual Oreo. I’m still glad I tried them though!
Sweet Potato KitKat – The best KitKat I’ve ever tasted! Although sweet potato sounds like a really weird flavour, the sweetness actually really complimented the KitKatiness. Yes, KitKatiness is now a word. Plus, the occasional taste of potato that came through made me feel like I was a sophisticated and cultured young woman. Sophisticated and cultured young women eat sweet potato KitKats, right?
Pikachu Ocean Bomb Cucumber Drink – I’ve not tried this yet, but it looks so cute!
Wasabi KitKat – This actually tastes like Wasabi. It was actually spicy. It actually burnt my mouth… it was quite nice though!
Mochi Jelly – I’ve not tried this one yet and, to be honest, I don’t really know what it is. I thought it was like mochi, but Andy said it was jelly. So watch this space, guys!
Pikachu Evolving Taste Candy – These are hard sweets which are supposed to change to a different flavour as you suck them, except all I could taste was watermelon. I have since come to the conclusion that I’m unable to suck sweets properly and therefore should not be allowed to try magic sweets.
Red Bean Wafer – Two wafer biscuits and a packet of red bean paste which is supposed to go in between the two wafers, unless you break the wafers into a thousand pieces before you eat them. Definitely would not recommend slurping red bean paste out of the packet like I did!
Surprise Bags and Boxes
Inspire Me Korea
I’m not sure why, but Inspire Me Korea had a stall at Hyper Japan. After seeing a few reviews of these online, I’ve really wanted to try one, but didn’t want to get locked into a subscription. Luckily, you could buy one-off boxes at the stall, so that’s exactly what I did. I bought the cooking box and the superhero box, because they both looked amazing!
The Inspire Me Korea Cooking Box
In the Inspire Me Korea cooking box I got some seaweed, a beauty sheet mask, some soybean paste, a spoon and chopsticks set and some jjajangmyeon noodles. I haven’t actually tried anything in this box yet, so hopefully it’ll all be nice!
The Inspire Me Korea Superhero Box
In the superhero box I got a rose beauty mask, an adorable pair of trainer socks, two strawberry Fresh Toks, some hot chicken noodles and a packet of sweet cracker biscuits. The Fresh Toks tasted like strawberry Nutri-Grain bars, which are fruit-filled wholegrain breakfast bars that we have in the UK. The crackers were kind of like sweet digestive biscuits, but with poppy seeds and a sugar topping. And I’ve not tried the noodles yet, but according to the woman on the stall they’re the ones that people use for the fire noodle challenge, so I’m pretty terrified of eating them!
I also got a Tofu Cute sweet lucky bag, because I really wanted some sweets. Here’s what I got inside:
Mango Pocky – Very sweet, very fruity Pocky. Andy loved how flavourful these were, but I found them to be a bit too strong, so he ended up with most of the box!
Orange Peel Pocky – A premium box of biscuit sticks covered in orange peel and dipped in some amazing chocolate. If you’re going to have Pocky, then this is the way to do it!
Chocolate Pocky – The classic biscuit sticks covered in chocolate. I’m giving these to my sister because I’ve already had them so many times before!
Rilakkuma – Because these look like Pocky with the topping taken off, I thought they’d be really boring, but they actually ended up being my favourite out of all the snacks. I couldn’t get enough of the vanilla flavour!
Weird Jelly Baby Things – Really weird sweets that were kind of like jelly babies but without the shape.
Strawberry Caplico Stick – A cone-shaped wafer with a strawberry filling. The filling was textured like an Aero bar and was absolutely amazing!
Poifull Jelly Beans – Sour, flavourful jelly beans, which Andy stole because he loved them so much.
Matcha Green Tea Hello Panda Biscuits – I love anything matcha-flavoured, so these were a real winner!
Popin’ Cookin’ DIY Candy Kit – Donuts – Another DIY candy kit, except this one makes donuts! I actually had a go at this one last year and wrote a post about it. It didn’t go well…
Also, the photos in the post I linked are horrific. I’ve definitely improved since then!
Hana-Fuga Yuzu Sparkling Sake – Because I completely failed at the sake tasting experience I went to, I bought myself this small bottle to drink at my own pace. I haven’t had it yet, but hopefully I can avoid rubbing it in any of my face holes when I do.
The Guardian of the Crisps
I also bought myself some Green Pea Snacks and a cuddly octopus-teacher. Because I’m cool. The octopus is Koro Sensei, a character from Assassination Classroom, which is one of my favourite animes. I’ve never seen a plush of him anywhere before, so I was incredibly excited to find one. I think I actually squealed!
As for the Green Pea Snack, I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to giving them a go!
Because Andy missed out on Hyper Japan, I played the thoughtful girlfriend and got him a few bits. Some of them are the same as what I got myself, but I also got him Dragon Ball crisps, some seaweed rolls, some seaweed and the weirdest DIY kit I’ve ever seen. You see the box with the pizzas on? Well, that makes actual pizza-flavoured pizza, with potato smiley faces and sausages… out of powder and water! It was one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen!
And that’s everything I bought! As you can probably tell, I got a little bit too excited about what you could buy and just had to buy everything. But, it was the first time I’ve ever been to Hyper Japan, so I think I can forgive myself! Hopefully I’ll have more self-control at November’s festival!