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May 22nd, 2007

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Name: "GyuGyu to shimikomu Collagen WATER" (Asahi)
Carbonated:No.
Bought @:Bellmart in Hama sta.
Cost:157 yen
General appeal:One of the many "suppliment" waters in Japan. Women are obsessed w/ collagen for their skin. And now there's a way to drink it. I was curious.
Taste:Peach-flavored. In a cheap candy way. The liquid was thicker. Not to the point of slimy, but yeah.
Conclusion:Collagen is not to be drunk.
Re-buy factor:No.
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Name: "Tennen mineral mugi-cha" (Itoen)
Carbonated:No.
Bought @:100yen shop.
Cost:105 yen
General appeal:It was a hot day and we were in the store.
Taste:A bit more aftertaste than the Famima one, but still good.
Conclusion:Barley tea is yum on a hot day.
Re-buy factor:Unless I'm in a Famima. Or just not in a mugicha mood.
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Name: "Sara sara soba-cha" (Itoen)
Carbonated:No.
Bought @:MayBOne
Cost:147 yen
General appeal:Drink made from soba. Was always curious about it.
Taste:Not my cup of tea. The buckwheat flavor was too strong.
Conclusion:Solved that mystery.
Re-buy factor:No.
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Name: "Fresh lemon squash"
Carbonated:Yes.
Bought @:Sanseido cafe, Nagoya.
Cost:630 yen
General appeal:Mmm, lemon goodness. And after a day of shoppage, it looked even more fantastic.
Taste:A bit of tang, but the honey balances it out. It came w/ lemon juice on ice, a bottle of sparkling water, honey and lemon juice for a second glass. Sweetness adjustable.
Conclusion:Yum. And two glasses' worth.
Re-buy factor:If I ever go back that way.
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Name: "Lemon cranberry soda"
Carbonated:Yes.
Bought @:Freshness Burger in Hama sta.
Cost: 300yen
General appeal:It has been a while since I've been to Freshness Burger. I usually get lemonade, but this drink was new to me and I love cranberry juice.
Taste:Pretty good. Needs the gum syrup, possibly two. Can't taste the cranberry, but I like it.
Conclusion:Any lemon soda can probably satisfy me. Especially w/ fresh squeezed juice.
Re-buy factor:Definately good. Might try other drinks before going back to this one.
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May 16th, 2007

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Name: "Mugicha" (Family Mart)
Carbonated:No.
Bought @:Family Mart near Create Hamamatsu.
Cost:100 yen
General appeal:Generic brand of barely tea.
Taste:Barley tea. And better than some brands. Less aftertaste.
Conclusion:Good.
Re-buy factor:Sure.
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Name: "Ginger ale" (Wilkinson)
Carbonated:Yes.
Bought @:MayBOne
Cost:89 yen
General appeal:Ginger ale in a glass bottle.
Taste:Really strong. It hurt to drink it.
Conclusion:So this is why I usually get dry ginger ale...
Re-buy factor:Will have to try the dry version.
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Name: "C.C.Lemon" (Suntory)
Carbonated:Yes.
Bought @:Family Mart on the way to GEO.
Cost:147 yen
General appeal:Lemon soda w/ extra vitamin C. Now in a fancy new bottle.
Taste:One of my favorite carbonated drinks. Lemony without being overly sweet or having a strong aftertaste.
Conclusion:New bottle, same taste.
Re-buy factor:Sure.
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May 15th, 2007

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Name: "Saori" (Coca-cola)
Carbonated:No.
Bought @:Washizu sta.
Cost:150yen
General appeal:Green tea. I'm a bit under the weather. Wanted green tea.
Taste:Cold green tea. A bit bitter, but clean.
Conclusion:Cold green tea.
Re-buy factor:Eh.
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May 10th, 2007

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Name: "Match Clear" (Otsuka beverage)
Carbonated:Yes.
Bought @:Toyohashi sta.
Cost:147yen
General appeal:Never heard of it before. But I've had regular Match and I wanted something carbonated.
Taste:Carbonated sugar water. A bit of a sugary aftertaste.
Conclusion:Um, carbonated sugar water.
Re-buy factor:Probably not.
Website: http://www.matchnews.com/pc/index.html

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