Okay, video time! The new flavour of Pepsi was launched in Japan yesterday. An ambitious Azuki (red-bean) flavour! I called into my local 100 yen Lawsons to pick one up and give it a whirl. My thoughts below ^^.
I’m speaking in Japanese in this video, but I added fresh, English subtitles for your viewing pleasure. Mwahaha. If you spot any mistakes, please tell me! 日本語の間違いなど見つけたら率直に教えてください！よろしくお願いします！
Here you can find out more about Azuki Beans. Basically they are used in a lot of Japanese cooking, particularly sweets and bread. In fact, one of my favourite bread snacks is the ‘Tsubuan’ buns.
つぶあん ＝ lumpy bean paste (the beans have not all been broken down into a fine paste)
こしあん ＝ mashed-up bean paste (no lumps)
Do you have this type of snack at a store near you?
What the heck happened to all the high-quality articles??
To those who are lamenting the recent briefness of posts and lack of high-quality, in-depth articles: Rest assured! I haven’t sold out to quick-fix blogging and headline-grabbing popular news. (Not completely, anyway).
I want to update more frequently than before, but obviously I cannot write lengthy, well-informed posts that often. So in between those in-depth ‘Featured’ articles (which, incidentally, you can find a list of here on the Must Read page of this site), I will be supplementing this website with morsels of juicy Japan-ness. Like Azuki Pepsi and Mario Cakes.
But don’t just sit there and let me preach! What do *you* want to see on Gakuranman.com?
Also, in other news, a substantial re-design will be colliding with gakuran.com in the near future. Keep those eyes a-peeled!