Do you know about Pocky and Pretz? Pocky is called Mikado in Europe and some parts of Asia. I heard it was because there is a stick game called Mikado and Pocky looks just like those sticks. Ezaki Glico prodces Pocky and another stick type snack called "Pretz". We can buy regular flavor Pretz like Roast, Tomato, Black sesame, Crispy Pizza etc,. But they also have local limited edition Pretz and we cannot buy them except for in these specialty areas, yes just like Ekiben. Those Pretz feature the flavor of each area's specialtys. However I must tell you, some of them are funny and a little bit geeky.
Here are some of them.
Giant Pretz: red salmon (Hokkaido limited-edition)
It taste like those shrimp crackers served at Chinese or Thai restaurants.
Giant Pretz: shrimp chili sauce(Yokohama limited-edition)
Why? Yokohama has a big China Town.
The local limited editions Pretz can be found in shops at the train stations or airports. They are perfectly suited for souvenirs. I live in Tokyo, which means no one brings souvenirs from Tokyo for me. So I have never tried their Edo-murasaki flavor.
And the intersting part is that they have a few "Country limited edition" flavor too. They don'tt have many versions yet, so you should request Glico to make your country's Pretz!
Hawaii :Pineapple Pretz.
Thailand :Larb Pretz (I don't know what larp is! Everyone says this flavor is very hot. Does anyone know what it is?)
Canada :Maplesylop Pretz.
USA :I heard they made Honey Mustard Pretsz for the U.S version.
I supposed a beef jerky flavor is good for the U.S. no? If you know any other secret information about Prets country limited edition flavors, please let me know!
Ah in the end, I will link to a super strange Aya Matsuura TV ad for Pretz. sigh...
What? collon is much weirder?.