I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to enter the contest. I really appreciate it and got some truly excellent entries. I wish I could send everyone a mug, and, if postage weren't an issue, I'd be tempted to at least send a few more out! That being said, the shipping for the prize is going to be $10-$12 so I can only afford to give away one.
It was really tough choosing a winner, but I ultimately decided to give the prize to The Rene Report's entry. I liked the way she presented reading my blog as a way of making good choices when buying expensive imported Japanese snacks and used her personal history to present some of her own information about her favorite Japanese snacks. Thanks, Rene, for your hard work and kind words!
I'd also like to make some "honorable mentions" of a few of the other entries. Tristan's blog entry which also included his history with life in Japan (and talk of being addicted to certain convenience stores, which I can identify with). Also, Ebidebby, who has her own fantastic snack review blog, gave me two clever and helpful plugs. I really appreciated all of the entries though, from the longest ones to the shortest ones.
There will be future contests, though I will make it considerably easier to enter in the future. At the moment, I'm working on something which will relate to the next contest and the prize winner will be chosen by a random number generator rather than by my whims.
Once again, I thank all of my very kind readers for supporting this blog!