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Monday
Feb122001

pop rock candy floss



Went to my sister's place last night for dinner. Ruth is still in the Northwest Territories; Kaarel said she has bronchitis right now. :-( Also, the airline lost her luggage, though it was returned two days later. Ruth called during the evening, and so did my Dad (who is Japan right now).

Jeff brought pop rock candy floss for the girls. He had bought some at Tokyo World, a Japanese store beside Wow, the sushi restaurant we go to for lunch once a week with friends. Tokyo World is full of interesting-looking packages of children's treats with Japanese labels. Each week, Jeff buys a new type of mystery treat ("mystery" since none of us can read Japanese). Last time, he bought what turned out to be disc-shaped candy that tasted like lemon yogurt.

I remember my mother used to go shopping at a place in downtown Toronto called Sanko for sushi ingredients as well as fresh tofu, green tea leaves, and other supplies that were difficult to find in our local grocery store in Bramalea. Ruth, Jim and I would wander the aisles looking for treats. My favourite was Botan Rice Candy, a jelly-like candy wrapped in an edible cellophane material. I remember taking some to school and purposely freaking out my schoolmates by casually popping the candy pieces into my mouth, wrapping and all.

Anyway, turns out that Tokyo World has exactly the same candy. Even the packaging is exactly the same, with a small prize in an extra compartment on one end. The prize used to be a plastic toy, but nowadays, this is just a sticker. Tokyo World is also our main source of Pocky. Pocky is worth an entire Blathering on its own, of course. :-)

Today's Blatherpic:
Sara, showing me how she can climb the doorframe without any help. She is wearing her Pocahontas costume.

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