Jun 15, 2011

Gari gari kun (Crunchy boy)

Hi everyone, it's been pretty hot here in Tokyo and I am half melted.
How’s the weather in your place?

Bearing with this annoying weather, I thought it wound be good to introduce this, one of my favorite popsicle sticks since it may save your life when you visit Japan during summer.

This is called Gari gari kun (Crunchy boy), a soda flavored popsicle stick produced by Akagi.
They produce some other flavors as well, such as lemon, green grape, pudding, chocolate and more. I've seen these flavors usually only during limited times. So when most people hear "Gari gari kun" they will think of the original soda flavor.

It is a square crunchy ice stick covered with ice candy.
This handy, yummy and refreshing shaved ice that costs only 60 yen per stick is the best item you can find during summer time.
It is sold a most places that carry ice cream which shows how popular this treat really is. Even during winter they still sell the Gari gari kun.

I remember a GNT episode the had Matsumoto talking about how much he loves it. It really is a long-time favorite of many in Japan.


  1. XD I can't look at it without thinking of the Sugari Sugari stick from the Hotel Batsu!

  2. I have wanted to try that, but at my local 7-11s (there were 4) and Family Marts, I could not find it. When I first heard about it, I thought it was like pickled ginger popsicles or something, but then my friends corrected me.

  3. @ njdss4: was thinking the same thing!!

    @eChie: m happy to be no. 7th on your blog =D

  4. @njdss4: yea with hamada's face on it xD

  5. I wish there was an airplane that carried frozen icecream from Japan so I could order this online. I wish my brain could use telekinesis. I just wish too much, lol.
    Offtopic question : eChie just had a random question up my brains. What kind of jobs do foreigners do in Japan? Except English teaching. Or if anyone else reading that is in Japan could answer me, please~!

  6. Remember Answer: Finance. Although I'm not sure how that works. I haven't done it myself, but if I did, I'm sure I'd have to take a few courses for retraining to learn the country-specific rules in Japan. And I won't do that because I don't speak Japanese.
    I toyed with the idea of becoming a cab driver specifically for American tourists, but I don't get a lot of support for my ideas from my Japanese relatives.
    Hey, I've also seen a lot of foreigner restauranteurs. Mostly Indian. And I'm sure there are jobs for scuba diving instructors somewhere in Kamakura.... sigh.

  7. I would have to agree with Dave, there are a lot of foreigners working in the restaurant industry. If you are a woman, there's always the hostess bars lol

  8. Man, Finance....I don't even know what to do in it. I guess you just have to talk and convince them for something, blalblalbla, Lol.

    Im doing an Airport course, so I hope from there maybe a Japanese company wants me for english tourists. Oh well, thanks for the info guys!

  9. Somehow eChie isn't alive anymore =(.

  10. eChie! Come back! We miss you and your blog posts...

  11. eChie! Thank you for subbing the Grand Sumo Tournament! I hope you will start blogging again, too!

  12. Echie your were one of the few life lines I had to Nihon as a country and a culture. I hope you come back to blogging for us! Or else I will never realize my dreams of carving out a life in Nihon! Its selfish but I really need you :(.


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