((～･｡･)o Give me a break!
Break me off a piece of that KIT KAT BAR!♪d(*・ω・*)b♪
Time for another silly post about Japanese culture! Yay! This idea actually came from one of my fellow JSP students who ended up doing her Japanese speech on the subject and I have been fascinated by it ever since. This intriguing subject is none other than everyone’s favorite three layers of crème-filled wafer, covered in an outer layer of chocolate confection, the Kit Kat bar.
Now, Kit Kat bars are extremely popular in Japan and range in a wide variety of flavors that include, but are by no stretch of the imagination limited to, maple syrup, melon, vanilla bean, grape, apple, banana, caramel, kiwi, azuki, green tea, yuzu and cherry blossom. The reason for this popularity is traced back to the name Kit Kat because it is very similar to the Japanese phrase kitto katsu (きっと勝つ), which roughly translates to “You will surely win!” According to several sources, this similarity has been the cause of many parents and students buying Kit Kat bars before big exams as a sort of good luck charm. It is sometimes even written on the box that this particular Kit Kat bar was “made to give you the power to succeed.” However, the real pronunciation of the word Kit Kat is closer to kitto katto where katto is interpreted as the katakana pronunciation of the English word “cut,” so the meaning then becomes “you surely won’t make the cut.” I just love how Japan can take something as simple as a candy bar and make it such a significant part of its pop culture. OK, so maybe it is not a huge part of Japanese pop culture, but I have yet to see any connivance store, supermarket, or food stand that does not sell some sort of Kit Kat. Japan has even made prefecture specific Kit Kat bars that are only sold in that prefecture so that you can give them to people as a souvenir. I actually enjoy seeing, and sometimes trying, whatever new Kit Kat flavor Japan has to offer, but they can really be a hit or miss. Next is an image gallery of all the Kit Kat flavors encountered so far. I do not claim that all the pictures are mine as I only started taking Kit Kat pictures recently and a majority of them are from my fellow JSP member’s collection.
What do you think? Any flavors that you really want to try? Any that just sound disgusting? For the most part, all the Kit Kats I have had in Japan have been edible, but some were clearly better than others. Some, I will never personally buy again. I will be sure to update again when I find a new Kit Kat flavor.