Japan Care Package

Oh my, here I go again…more foods! And this time it’s all about Japan’s fineness. I love love love their sweet unique flavors from chocolates to biscuits to tea. You name it, they have it.

  1. Kitkat Flavors

Nestle has capitalized on the craze by making dozens of flavors. Their weird and wacky flavors like soy sauce, cheesecake, fruit parfait to name a few were made to pay tribute to the unique taste and foods in Japan.

  1. Bene-imo Tart

I made a review about this sweet potato tart before and this product is from the island of Okinawa. 

  1. Biscuits

I used to ate this biscuits when I was a kid. When I moved out after college, I never got the chance to eat this again until my husband discover this cookie. Haha! 

  1. Pocky and Wafers

My husband and I love Pocky. It’s a pretzel sticks coated with different flavor. I posted some of their flavors in my instagram. 

The wafer with strawberry filling melt in your mouth in every bite. Crunchy and yummy.

  1. Soft Cakes

Tired of crunchy biscuits or nuts? No worries, this soft cakes are just right for you.

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Shredded squid – delicious appetizer when drinking beer or just a snack.

Soy Snack – a crunchy soy shell with a twist of cheese flavor.

Japanese Yanyan version – the chocolate dipping is so deep that you can coat your whole pretzel and on top of that, it also offers sprinkles.

  1. Tea

I loveeeee tea! Here are some of my favorite tea that my hubby and I always drink. 

Let me know on the comment what is your favorite? 

Facial Home Remedies

I’ve tried tons of facial products from drugstore to expensive brands for my skin. Some of them made my skin breakout and gave me acne. Instead of buying another products, I just decided to do organic stuff that I can get anytime from my kitchen without spending another $$ for brands that will only fail me.

Here are my homemade remedies:

  1. Black Facial Mask (Activated Charcoal)

  • 1 – 2 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 tsp raw honey or yogurt
  • 1 tsp distilled or filtered water

Mix all the ingredients all together to make a paste. Apply it to your face using a brush or your clean fingers. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and mild soap (i used dove) and then pat it dry with a dark color soft towel. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Use dark or old towel to dry your face to avoid stain.

  1. Turmeric Facial Mask

  • 1-2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp milk or yogurt

Mix all the ingredients all together to make a paste.  Apply a thin layer to your face using a brush or your fingers. Let it sit for 25 minutes or longer. Rinse it off with cold water and wash it with mild soap (i used dove) and then pat dry. To remove the yellow stain, I used makeup remover wipes before applying my favorite moisturizer.
Be careful when applying the paste, turmeric can stain your skin and clothes when applied. Use dark or old towels.

  1. Egg Facial Mask

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp lemon 
  • 1/2 tsp organic coconut oil

Bit the egg whites until frothy. Add the lemon and coconut oil and mix it all together. Spread the mask to your face and let it dry for 30 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water and mild soap and pat dry.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Astringent

  • 1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 tsp filtered or distilled water

Mix the ingredients all together. Soak the cotton pads and wring it. Dab the soaked cotton pads to your face and neck and let it dry for 10 minutes before applying your moisturizer.

  1. Sugar Exfoliant Scrub

  • 1 tbsp white or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp organic coconut oil
  • 1 drop of Essential oil 

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a soft towel. Use clean, moist hands and scrub it gently to your skin. Remove the scrub by rinsing your face with lukewarm water and then pat your skin dry.

  1. Aloe Vera Face Mask

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (extracted)
  • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp lemon (optional)

Mix the egg white until frothy. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combine. Wash your face with warm water and then pat your skin dry with clean towel. Using your clean hands, apply the mask to your face. Let it dry and re-apply again. Leave to dry for 20-30 minutes. Wash it with warm water and let it dry. 

Okashi-goten: Bene-imo Factory

One of my favorite Japanese style dessert that is made of purple sweet potato that could not be resisted – bene-imo! If you’ve been in Okinawa for few minutes, probably you’ve seen this goodies around the market. If you want to see how they are made, you should visit Okashi-goten also known as the Bene-imo factory in English. The prices are little bit cheaper than what you see in malls.

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Okashi-goten aka Bene-imo Factory

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Bene-imo Factory

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packaging area

This factory is open for public. You can actually watch them from a big looking glass while you shop. It’s so amazing watching those pastries how they are made and pack.

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excuse my face…here’s the finish product and my favorite of all

Kyle’s favorite soft steamed cake

With some hibiscus tea, these pastries won’t last on us. Haha (that’s how good they are, PINKY swear)
Here are some more of their products.

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mochi and other pastries

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different types of bene-imo

They also sell souvenirs other than the pastries.

They also offer free taste, if it pass your taste buds, go grab a basket and kaching…you got yourself some delicious goodies. They also have a restaurant inside in case you get hungry while shopping and don’t forget to try the bene-imo ice cream for dessert.

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If you’re visiting Okinawa, make sure to bring your passport to avail free tax for tourist. Don’t forget to look for coupons as well, you might get a good discount or freebies.