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Strange Sandwiches Of Japan


Yes, recently, this kind of corn and mayonnaise sandwich really is being sold in just about every convenience store in Japan. But that’s not the only non-PB&J you’ll find around these here parts.

A perennial classic, the yakisoba (Japanese fried spaghetti) roll comes with a garnish of red pickle bits.
The recent pancake craze has spawned a line of “hot cake sand” that includes these two flapjacks filled with…Camembert Cheese Cream and Honey Margarine?
Or let’s forget putting anything nutritious in it altogether! Behold the bun filled with plain unadulterated whipped cream.
And my favorite: two pieces of white bread wrapped around a filling of Milk Jam, a mystery filling distantly related to some dairy product. This has to be the ultimate in white food.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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!

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