Monday, December 13, 2010

Welcome to Are Ya Thirsty? First post: Fanta Snow Squash

Alright! This is my inaugural entry. I'm pretty psyched. Let's see if I can actually keep up this blog, yeah?

So, first things first. I'm Sarah, a lady of 24, currently residing on a military base a little south of Tokyo with my husband, who will be henceforth known as Pillow. I enjoy soda. I've wanted to make a blog for a while, but to be honest, I don't think I'm at all interesting enough to warrant a blog that's just about me and my adventures, or something. But yesterday, I had an epiphany while trying to purchase a bottle of "Suika Soda" for 50 yen: there's a lot of interesting soda in Japan! There are many blogs about Japanese foods, or Japanese snacks, sure, but I'm not positive there's that many just for beverages. And thus, this blog was born Maybe sometime I'll branch out into other, uh, "interesting" topics, but my current vision is soda, and so, soda it shall be.

That's all you really have to know, I suppose. On to the review! Today's soda is:

Fanta Snow Squash (Strawberry Flavor)

Coca Cola Japan has released a bunch of cutely packaged sodas for the holiday season: they're shaped like ornaments! There's original Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, and a new flavor, Fanta Snow Squash.


I start by taking a sniff of the bouquet. You better believe I'm treating this soda like a fine wine.

Too sweet!

And it smells... sickeningly sweet. I am immediately concerned that this is going to suck. But alright, since I've opened it, so I gotta drink it now, right?

Bottoms up!

At first, I wasn't sure what to think about it!

I'm not sure about this...

But then, after a few more sips, I realized...

Not too shabby!

...that I like it a lot! They somehow managed to make it taste JUST like shaved ice -- which is my favorite summertime treat!

Packaging: A
Bouquet: C-
Interpretation of theme: A
All-around Taste: B+
Final grade: B+

Fanta Snow Squash took me by surprise. I went into it expecting it to suck because of how it smelled, but it really pulled through in the end. It's too bad it'll melt out of circulation as soon as Christmas is over, because I'd buy it every now and then. I picked it up at the Commissary, of all places, so I'm not sure where to get it otherwise...

So, what's next? Melon Float or Red Ginger?

Bottoms up!


  1. Thanks for the review. I had not heard of that one yet. I'll have to try it out the next time I see it in a conbini . (We live in Japan too, between Tokyo and Yokohama. Found your blog through Caroline's tweet today. Good luck with blogging :-)

  2. YEAH! I was there at the moment of inspiration :D I even have the photo to prove it (which I will use when I do the vending machine day on the meme! hehehe)

  3. For got to mention that your description convinced me to try it. :-) As for the next one, how about Red ginger. No forget that, I don't like ginger. Yes, the melon, one :-) You should also blog about not just drinks, but differences between life here and at home, since that would be interesting for people interested in Japan who cannot live here like us. :-)

  4. Caroline: It truly was a moment, wasn't it? I'm still heartbroken that it was sold out!

    Sakie: Yay, I'm so glad that you're enjoying my blog and that you're taking my word for it! As for describing the differences, I feel like there are a whole lot of blogs like that already. Plus, living on a military base means that 90% of my daily life is in an American bubble, so it's not really /that/ interesting. Soda, though, soda I can do.