Hey, try these gummies and tell me which flavor you like better.
Ooo, I love how in Japan there are two flavors of grape, purple kyoho and green muscat! These ARE grape, aren’t they?
Why wouldn’t they be?
Because whenever you offer me something green it’s, like, wasabi. Now I’m suspicious. The purple ones are round like grapes, but the green ones are square. Why are they square?
I don’t know why they’re square. Just try them!
Show me the package.
Okay, okay. Here.
Ewww, what IS that? It looks like a green squid tentacle! No, it’s…it’s…アロエ！It’s CACTUS flavor!
Aloe is NOT cactus.
It’s fleshy like a cactus, it’s got spines like a cactus and it’s impossible to kill like a cactus. That makes it a whole lot more like a cactus than a grape.
But aloe is good for you! I’ve seen it in tons of foods here in Japan – drinks, yogurt, candy…
Just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be. Gimme that grape one. You can have the cactus flavor if you like it so much.
Wait a minute. What’s this green stuff in the middle of my grape gummy?
Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!