“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a about my life in Japan.

It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or interesting stories from my week. Sometimes it is a bit personal or random, but I hope you will enjoy learning what it is like to live in Japan.

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Captain’s log, Stardate 1708.3

This city called “Chiang Mai” has proven to be less hot than previously expected. It is much more bearable than Nagoya.

However, the incessant use of A/C everywhere has taken it’s toll on my health. After an encroaching sore throat for two days, today I seem to have come down with some sort of upper respiratory problem. This leaves me in a poor physical condition and in no state to explore the city in the evenings. I am tired from coughing.

I fear I will have completely lost my voice by tomorrow.

Nonetheless, spending the day with female Buddhist monks was enlightening.

Although I am not in Japan, there is no shortage of Japanese Thai snacks available at the convenience stores, the majority of which happen to be 7-11s.

On a quick run to the 7-11 on the corner this morning to buy snacks in case I get hungry in the car, I saw a type of fusion snack. The Japanese brand, “Pretz” caught my eye on the shelf. Though this is not a snack I usually buy because it is not covered in chocolate.

But this morning, something savoury seemed the ticket to satisfy my cravings.

I purchased these three flavours of the Japanese snacks, Pretz: tom yum kun, larb, and pizza.

Thai Japanese snacks

Due to a previous taste test, I know that tom yum kun and larb are both enjoyable.

The name “larb” confuses me though, and I cannot piece together what it means in this Thai language. I have deduced some type of ground meat, as per the image on the package.

“Pizza” flavour, I have not tried. But the fact that it’s pizza flavour is all the convincing I need.

I also purchased a Japanese brand cold green tea.

These Thai-Japanese snacks should tide me over for some time, until I desire to try something else. At which point I shall journey back to the 7-11 and see which snacks will call out to me.

The days ahead are quite filled with plans. I must take care of my health, what little of it I have left at this point.

It is time for me to retire for the day.

Read: I’m Going to Thailand! – This is Japan 22

Read:This is Japan 3: limited edition and seasonal snacks


Jennifer has lived in Japan for a total of seven years. She has travelled, taught English, studied Japanese, completed a Master's Degree, and travelled some more. She currently calls Nagoya her home, where she lives with her Japanese husband.


  1. Interesting snacks Jennifer, and I like the Honda bikes and multi-lingual signs. Pizza is always a beautiful thing! There are Seven Eleven stores in Thailand? They are all over the States, Michigan and Nevada. Wow!

  2. A little bit of home abroad. I like my snacks to be covered in chocolate too! Hope you feel better soon and enjoy the rest of your trip and I’d love to hear more about the Buddhist nuns.

    • Yes, a little bit of my second home abroad 😉 I think I will try and write something about the monastery for the Buddhist nuns.

  3. Larb is a Lao dish based, indeed, on very finely diced meat. I think it may be raw in original versions of the dish, not necessarily the case now.

  4. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well! I hate it when the AC is too strong. I always get sick when I go to the Philippines because it’s the same thing – it’s soo hot and humid outside but when I go in the mall or taxi, etc, it is freezing cold because of the AC! Always need to remember to bring a cardigan in my purse an a scarf….Feel better soon!

    • Thanks. I’m mostly better, just the lingering cough. I would prefer to be a bit hot than need to put on more clothes because of the A/C. It always bothers me.

  5. Japanese food is quite popular in Thailand. You will lots of Japanese restaurants everywhere. So I’m not surprised on the availability of Japanese snacks.

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