Pepsi and Coke Compete to Make the Weirdest Drink

June 24, 2009

The Coca Cola company seem to be taking a leaf out of the Kit Kat makers’ book, and have recently released an oddball new variety of their product. “Coca Cola Plus Green Tea” is their latest fizzy pop, which is essentially green tea-flavoured Diet Coke. I tried some of the concoction last week, and I can tell you that it tastes exactly like… Diet Coke. You can barely taste the green tea at all!

It’s not a bad beverage, but Coca Cola are going to have to pull their socks up if they want to compete with Pepsi in the weirdness stakes. A couple of years ago, Pepsi released a cucumber-flavoured drink, which was more tasty than it sounds, and last year they came out with the surprisingly inoffensive “Yoghurt Pepsi.”

This summer they have just unveiled the exotic-sounding “Pepsi Shiso”. Shiso is the Japanese name for perilla, a minty herb, also known as beefsteak plant. The Japanese often eat it with sashimi or salad.

I just tried some Pepsi Shiso. While it might be refreshing on a humid summer’s day, there’s no escaping the fact that it tastes like mouthwash.

I Love KY

June 24, 2009

I know the Japanese are notoriously sexually liberated, but I wasn’t expecting to see signs like these in a supermarket!

Bad Graffiti

June 24, 2009

“Mather Fukin” had better watch out, whoever he is. Somebody’s after him, and they’re armed with atrocious spelling.

Mind you, this isn’t the worst graffiti I’ve seen in Japan. Someone, God knows why, enthusiastically spraypainted the names “Starbucks” and “McDonald’s” on the walls of a station in Fujisawa city.