Monthly Archives: June 2009

Shiso Pepsi Reviews Are In!!

The summer limited edition Pepsi Shiso release came out on June 23rd and the trusty Rinkya staff obliged to a taste test and review!! Shiso is a common herb used in Japan- on salads, sashimi (my personal favorite use!) and even on pizza!

In the beginning, there was some excitement:

Then some perplexity & curiosity as the sense of taste travels to the brain:

And our apologies to Pepsi Japan, but the final analysis led to our staff rebelling:

Comments regarding taste:
“If you are in a desert maybe it would be good and you had nothing to drink”
“Medicine taste, but makes you feel worse”
“Tastes like a leaf, oishikunai (doesn’t taste good”)

Shiso IS a leaf, so it seems like Pepsi succeeded there!

Other Rinkya Staff Reviews!!
Pepsi Blue Hawaii Review
Pizza Hut Double Roll Pizza

World Cup USBs- Remove Heads for Storage!

The soccer players (or football players as they are known outside US) of Italy Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, & Croatia have never looked so good!

Only 2800 yen each!

More USBs from Japan:
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
Cat Tail
Car USBs
Post It Note USBs
Glowing Squid USB
Lego Brick USB
Humping Dog Jump Drive
Disney Thumb Drives
A Collection of Wacky USB Drives!

Vending Machine Must Haves in Japan!

Vending machines are hugely popular in Japan and they are not your average vending machines with just sodas and snacks.

Fresh farm eggs, toys, flowers, ramen and much more can be found while traveling throughout Japan.

The image above taken by a Rinkya staff member is an umbrella vending machine. I love these, as I am not used to rain so I am always unprepared.
After many vacations all over- you would think I would be prepared- however, I get stuck paying some ridiculous amount from a street vendor when the rain comes, they figure a dumb tourist has more money on them!

The umbrella vending machines range from 400 -1000 yen, but in a pinch 400 yen is a great deal!

Manga vending machines are all over as well- it is great to pick up a book for a rainy day!

Fake Vending Machine Hides you From Criminals!