Only in Japan: Matcha KitKats

Back when the name KitKat was registered in the 1930s no one thought the 4-finger snack would take the world by storm. Today everyone  recognises the red and white logo from miles away and most of you would be able to state their slogan  by heart.

There’s only one place where KitKats get to be really special though. Yes, you guessed it right, its Japan! 🙂 There must be something like 200 different tastes, different from region to region. They often get pretty weird as well, like KitKats with wasabi or baked potato taste.

Japanese KitKat store

The reason why? KitKat pronounced in Japanese sounds very close to Kitto Katsu (きっとかつ) which roughly translates to “you will surely win!”.  Today,  KitKats are commonly given to students during exams as a symbol of good luck. And as you can see, sometimes a bit of good luck is all you need. 🙂

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Lost In Translation

Our trip to Japan is getting closer as we speak! The flight has been scheduled, the hotels have been booked, … so what’s next?

The idea of me walking around and not being able to grasp  at least a bit of the Japanese language is something that bothers me. I don’t want to stand there, staring at the signs around me without any means of comprehension whatsoever.

Time to make that language gap a bit smaller!

Although used in many public places, I didn’t want to be dependent on Romaji (Japanese written in Roman script), so my first step was to learn the 2 main alphabets in Japanese language, namely Hiragana and Katakana.

I found a fun app for my Iphone that helps teach the alphabets using mnemonics, basically using drawings & stories associated with the signs, helping you remember the signs with less effort than I expected.

You can look for Moku in the app store (I Assume it’s the same for Android, etc.) or you can go to their website for more information on how it works. It worked great for me!

moku

If any of you readers has advice on what to do next, I’d love to read about it in the comments 🙂

See you!