Japan has quite a few regional delicacies — Tokyo Banana, for example — and it's traditional to buy beautifully-wrapped boxes of these tasty treats to take home to family and friends as souvenirs.
In Fukuoka, one of these delicacies is Niwaka Senpei, a thin, crunchy biscuit with eyes on it and a little slit for your nose, so you can wear it as a mask — it's based on the Hakata Niwaka masks from Japanese comedic plays.
The biscuit is 115 years old (well, the company is; the biscuits are presumably freshly-made) and in that time, they've collaborated with Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, and Doraemon, but their newest collaboration with Square Enix is the first time that they've actually changed the shape of the biscuit itself.
The biscuits, in the shape of Dragon Quest's iconic slimes, will be sold in a beautiful slime-themed commemorative box, containing three crackers for ¥756 (£5 / $7).
The tasty slimes are part of Square Enix's promotion for "Dragon Quest Walk", a Japan-only AR mobile game in the vein of Pokémon GO, which has been downloaded five million times across Android and iOS since its 2019 release.
It will be available only at three shops in Fukuoka from the 18th of June to the 30th of September, but you can also buy them online if you don't mind exorbitant import costs for the sake of having some cute biccies.
[source dragonquest.jp, via moshimoshi-nippon.jp]
I am hungry now
Beware the Painting of the Eyes.
Does it use Slime's oil as ingredients ?
I see biscuits...
Where is the slime?
Why does Japan get all the cool food? The day I go to that country will be the day my trousers increase by three sizes.
Looks more like a cookie then a biscuit.
@Tasuki : English (U.K.) terminology.
We also call them biscuits in Australia/New Zealand, though it's not uncommon for biscuit/cookies to be used interchangeably. I believe we generally refer to choc chip (and similar) biscuits as "cookies", and everything else as biscuits.
What Americans call "biscuits", I believe we would typically refer to as "scones".
[Insert "Japan always gets the coolest things" comment here]
@KateGray Thanks for the article! I would enjoy more of these kind of Kotaku East -esque articles! Love discovering new things from Japan related to Nintendo or other IP playable on the platform.
For instance, I follow Kirby Cafe on Twitter just to stay up to date on the adorable merchandise <3
Man, when do we get the good food. all we got are stupid face pops that can't even look right.
@Ulysses I definitely don't have my finger on the pulse in the same way Brian Ashcraft does, but I like writing about food and cool things in Japan, so I'll give it my best
Oh that's cute
@KateGray Oh, I appreciate your reply! And I don't have any expectations; I just L o v e your writing style. You're already doing great work! ^_^
@Ulysses THANK YOU I'M GONNA GO CRY NOW
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