October 7, 2016

The Umami Reader: Limited Edition Whisky Pocky is Coming Soon!

by Sarah Han

– Glico has teamed up with Suntory to bring the world a new limited edition flavor: Whisky Pocky! Part of its adult collection, Otona No Kohaku Pocky (Adult Amber) are salted pretzel sticks flavored with wort (malt extract) that are covered with rich, bitter chocolate. Glico explains that these Pocky are meant to be enjoyed with […]

August 26, 2016

The Umami Reader: David Bowie’s 1980 Sake Commercial Is Creepy and Awesome

by Sarah Han

– Here’s one from the archives: Did you know David Bowie appeared in a Japanese sake commercial in 1980. The ad was for Crystal Jun Rock shochu and featured a snippet of his haunting instrumental synth track, “Crystal Japan” and some intense eye contact from the Space Oddity. Oh David Bowie, we miss you!  (Dangerous […]