Today, we are back with another fun and wacky trip through Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase.
Seriously, I haven’t been to the actual country of Japan. (Yet.) But if the department stores there are half as awesome as Mitsukoshi is, then I’m booking the next flight.
I mean, where else can you go to buy all things Hello Kitty; the coolest kimonos, chopsticks, and tea sets imaginable; plus monorail plates (I know. They’re bullet trains. Whatever.) — AND pearls?!?
Well, we’re staying with the theme of animation on this trip, as we take another fun look at cool candy you can score in the Japan Pavilion.
Pokémon, Mario, and Thomas & Friends Food Finds
Let’s get the party started with everyone’s favorite little anime…dude — Pikachu from the world of Pokémon. Well, I mean, he’s in the front. But he has his buddies with him on this “Drink for Entertainment”.
If you’d like to get some insight into what you’ll be ingesting, have a peek at the nutritional information and contents on the back. Although I don’t promise that either will be very illuminating.
The Pokémon Candy Packs give you several characters to choose from! (Forgive me. I’m soooo not up on Pokémon lore.) But ya gotta admit — these are pretty cute. Love Pikachu’s little fierce face!
Pokémon is second in world wide popularity only to this next guy when it comes to the kingdom of gaming. He’s a little fella you might know as Mario.
Now, we love him. But he’s especially fun in gummy form. (Isn’t everything?) And even better — he doesn’t contain peanuts. Random, yes. But good to know.
You can also get Mario Crunchy Candies. No, seriously — that’s what it’s called. They’re clearly all about texture (but the dispenser is kinda great, too).
But call off the hunt for your Candy Souvenir Needs! Because what could be better than Pez? How about Klik?! You can choose from Mario or Yoshi, and the dispensers come with refills.
Straying away from gaming and straight into animation, we found another beloved character represented — this time, someone for the toddler set.
Thomas & Friends, the beloved British animated series, must also have found popularity in Japan, judging from these cute Thomas-themed candies. Fans of the series can choose from tubes that resemble Thomas, Percy, or James from the series.
At first, I thought they these little faces were actually the candy! But they’re just the decorative end of the tube. The actual candies are pill-sized, white, and have the different little faces stamped on them. Think of uncolored Sweet Tarts, and you’ll be on the right track.
But without a doubt, my favorite was the Thomas & Friends — what else?? — Pocky! If you’ve been around a bit, you know how much I love these Japanese cookie sticks, and some of my favorites are the chocolate-dipped ones!
So there’s our latest little sojourn to and through Mitsukoshi! If you haven’t ever had the chance to meander through this corner of Epcot, really, I can’t encourage you enough to set aside time during your very next trip to make it happen! And if you need to bring home some fun and quirky souvenirs from your trip — well, you’re welcome.
Which of today’s food finds from Mitsukoshi Department Store intrigues you the most? Leave a comment and let us know which you’ll go in search of during your next visit!