It’s Easter in Japan big time!
You may have noticed Easter treats are everywhere this year. What you might not know is that it hasn’t always been this way. When I moved here with my two kids in March 2011, I only saw two signs of Easter:
Easter at Disneyland…
and Easter at Baskin Robbins.
I was glad there was something, but Disneyland wasn’t an option that year, and you can’t put ice cream in an Easter basket.
I had to get creative. I scoured my small town for anything egg-shaped, and anything with a rabbit on it.
I made homemade Easter egg dye: 1 cup of boiling water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, (rice vinegar O.K.) and food coloring, (Japanese powdered kind from the grocery store O.K.). On Easter morning I made Easter bunny pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries.
My kids were happy with their improvised Easter, but I knew they weren’t getting chocolate bunnies and it made me feel homesick.
The next year I learned that I could order imported American Easter candy online from a company called “Foreign Buyer’s Club”.
The year after that I discovered that the specialty shop, Kaldi Coffee had a small selection of Easter candy. It was expensive, and there isn’t a Kaldi Coffee in my town, but I managed to buy a few things at a shopping mall one year. Now you can order from Kaldi Coffee online: http://kaldi-online.com/category/EASTER/
Last week when my kids and I went to the grocery store and saw a giant Easter candy display we couldn’t believe it. All of the major brands made Easter candy and snacks this year. It was like…Christmas in March. Something magical and unexpected, Easter in Japan!
If you are in Japan now (March 2016), you can be one of the first people to buy Easter treats imagined by Japanese marketers.
They would make great souvenirs, or something to send home to your family.
You can even get fresh Easter eggs for dying (or frying)…
and Easter cup ramen!
These custard cream filled marshmallow eggs are my favorite. I have to stop eating the kid’s Easter candy!
Happy Easter 2016!