Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Random Picture 29

One of the local supermarkets in my area (Peacock) allows a revolving door of merchants to set up camp outside of their store to sell various items or foods. Sometimes housewares are on offer, at others, cakes or traditional foods like tofu. This past week, a man has been selling a huge variety of snacks for children. Most of them are small, individual-sized snacks, but there are some bigger items as well. This squid snack, which is designed to look like a 100,000,000 yen bill, is about 2 feet by 1 foot in size (61 cm by 30.5 cm). It's very flat, like a sheet of seafood paper, and it cost 480 yen ($5.70), but I wasn't going to spend that much for something for my weeks of weird considering that I'm not likely to enjoy it.

This is the sort of thing I have never seen in regular shops because it's just too big and bulky for a store to relegate shelf space to it, but I'd probably like it if I were a kid, and if I liked squid.

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1 comment:

Nora said...

Look for this instead, which is similar to the massive faux bill but only about the size of an index card. It costs a mere 20 yen in the kids' candy aisle (or at a dagashi-ya, or penny-candy shop, with lots of cheap and nostalgic snack favorites). It has a sweetness to it that makes you forget it's seafood-based (though the squid bit is just flavoring).