Snacks from Japan! from 松居ママとパパHi everyone!
So just a few days ago I got a package from Japan! It was from the Taiyaki store owners whom I became friends with when I was in Japan ^___^ They sent me a box and filled it with lots of Japanese snacks!
Before I show you guys the stuff they sent me, I want to make this blog post dedicated to them!
I met 松居ママとパパ (Matsui Mama & Papa, our nickname for them haha) when I went to Japan last year. They own a store in Mikuni (Osaka) where they make Taiyaki, Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba. Their store is right next to the hostel where I was staying last year, so every morning I would go down and buy breakfast from them. We only stayed there for a week, but they were really friendly and always talked to us whenever we walked by.
Here is a photo I took with them last year!
And here is a small blog post I wrote last year mentioning them ^^
and photos from this year!
We didn't keep in contact with them last time (didn't think that I would go back to Japan anytime soon).
However, I went back to Japan this year and stayed in the same place as I did last year. On my first day back to Japan this year, I walked by their store and decided to stop by for a bit to say hi. They remembered me straight away, remembered where I came from, what my background was and we didn't keep in contact for the whole year! This time we got closer to them, we would walk by every morning to talk to them and they would regularly give us Japanese snacks and little gifts. When we had to leave Osaka, I asked them for their contact email so we can keep in contact. They emailed us almost everyday while we were still in Japan, and even after I left Japan they still contact me regularly!
For those of you who are going to Japan and are going to be going to Osaka, I really recommend you guys to check out their shop, they have made the BEST taiyaki I've ever had.
I told them that I wanted to introduce their shop to you guys, so they wrote a description of their shop ^__^
Here's how to get there:
From 三国阪急駅 (Mikuni Hankyu station), it is about a 5 minute walk. It is located in an undercover shopping street called "サンティフル三国" (Santiful Mikuni). Here is a map:
A slightly more easier one to read:
Credits to Caminoro guest house for the map
The street looks like this:
If you guys have time and you're in Osaka, please go have a look!
Some of their Taiyaki!
Now onto the stuff they gave me:
They also included photos of themselves, some photos of Sakura right now in Japan, and also they each wrote me a letter, so sweet! They asked me if there was anything I liked from Japan, and I told them that I LOVE green-tea kitkat! Because we can't buy green-tea kitkat in Australia, they told me they would send me some snacks!
This is like an egg biscuit I think?
I love this! It's kind of like rice crackers
Ghana Chocolate! I used to have this a lot in Japan
I haven't tried this yet but it looks like a green-tea flavour pocky
Meltykiss greentea! It tastes kinda like dark chocolate
This is like chocolate with almonds in it
These look like just random snacks that comes in different flavours
This is prawn and ume (Japanese pickled plum) snack. I LOVE umeboshi!
Pocky! We can buy this in Australia but it's a bit expensive
Pretz Salad flavour! This is actually really nice!
Instant Ramen! It looks like it's from Osaka since it's in Osaka-ben haha.
I was so excited with the Green-tea kitkat that I forgot to take a photo of it lol, so here is a screencap from my next video~
Here is a video of me unboxing the package!