those wacky japanese

Sunday I spent the entire day unpacking the kitchen. The kitchen is, well, funky, so I ended up leaving most items packed and stored in the basement. We still have quite a few boxes to unpack, but at least this house is bigger, so we can just cram boxes into a spare room and forget about them for a bit.
Anyway, you can probably imagine that I have had no time to knit or crochet or sew or do much of anything. I don’t even remember the last time I picked up knitting needles! Isn’t that terrible? I have, however, managed to shop a bit and discovered some quirky little items to share with you.
Exhibit A:

I was at Nordstrom the other day and saw a big rack of tiny tubes of oddly flavored toothpaste. Can you GUESS what country these are from? Yes, they are from my people. I got grapefruit, powdered green tea (cuz they had more than one flavor of green tea, ya know), and Darjeeling tea. They had quite a few flavors, including pumpkin pudding and some curry flavor. That sounds really gross to me, but hey, I guess if you REALLY like curry …

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26 Responses to those wacky japanese

  1. Tooth Carrie says:

    I’ve never seen such a thing before, I may have to go shopping. Verrry interesting 🙂

  2. carolyn says:

    oooo. i just tried a sample of the crest vanilla bean mint. not as funky as green tea or darjeeling. but pretty good! very vanilla!

  3. Alexa says:

    Curry toothpaste? Wow.

  4. Aimee Roo says:

    I don’t think I could do the curry either. I have been tempted to try flavored toothpaste, but as of yet have been too chicken! You’ll have to let us know if they are any good. 🙂

  5. molly says:

    Haha, your people. I have never seen that stuff here–is it high class or do you think I could find it at my local drug store?

  6. Stacie says:

    What magazine did I see those in before? Crest Lemon Ice is VERY good, so is orange and cinnamon too.

  7. sayuri says:

    remember, our people came up with godzilla & mothra too. so clever… so innovative… sooo sooo….

  8. Nichola says:

    How bizarre! I can’t imagine my teeth would feel clean without a minty toothpaste, and imagine what your breath would smell like after you’d used the curry flavour!?!

  9. sandy says:

    Yes, I remember that! When I went to Japan in June, we were laughing at all the different flavors of toothpaste they had. My friend thought it’s be a kick to get her coworkers some chili flavored toothpaste. I got strawberry for my grandson. Hey in the 60’s in Hawaii they used to have strawberry flavored toothpaste, I remember that when I was young. Don’t know what happened to that.

  10. Val says:

    I love how they look like little tubes of paint! Does the “29” on the grapefruit flavor mean there are really that many different flavors?

  11. Jenn says:

    Have you tried it out yet? Does it leave your teeth feeling clean? I would love pumpkin pudding or grapefruit or green tea flavored! I might have to make a trek to the Nordstrom here…

  12. Danielle says:

    Eeeew. I like mine minty fresh, thanks, and use the toothpaste to get RID of the curry taste in my mouth 🙂 It is quite the concept, though ….

  13. Gee says:

    My husband already thinks I’m crazy with the vanilla mint flavored toothpaste. I can’t imagine what he’d think if I brought home green tea or pumpkin pudding. I do think I might like the grapefruit.

  14. Sharlene says:

    Wow, personally, I would enjoy a flavor other than the typical over-minty freshness of most toothpaste. And of course, anything green tea would probably be a big hit here!

  15. Yuvee says:

    I thought that it’s lip gloss!
    Hmm…I’m not at all surprised that Japanese came up with that, LOVE their stuff.
    Anyway, do they have chocolate?

  16. Leah says:

    wait did you say curry toothpaste?! to funny, the green tea sounds good though.

  17. Alison A. says:

    We must be sharing brainwaves. I found this on Friday in a store in Vancouver, BC (where I live). I was so intrigued I bought a tube — vanilla. I haven’t really tasted much of a difference, have you?

  18. Laurie says:

    Toohpaste? That is great – too funny! I’m such a dork that when you asked what we thought they were, I looked at the picture, saw the word “darjeeling” and thought it was tea paste. Hmm… sounds a little bit like tooth paste doesn’t it?

  19. marichan says:

    Tee hee! Only in Japan would such toothpastes be invented!

  20. kate says:

    Haha, I can’t imagine one’s breath would smell too fresh after using pumpkin pudding toothpaste!

  21. Gina says:

    My former roommate is in Japan for the month, so I must implore her to buy some flavoured toothpaste for me.

  22. Stella says:

    Wacky, dude. My first guess was facial cream for age 17, 23 and 29. How can pumpkin or curry whiten your teeth???

  23. Sara says:

    If you’re looking for strawberry toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine makes Strawberry toothpaste that’s quite yummy. They also make a mango orange toothpaste that’s pretty tasty.
    I’m curious to hear how the grapefruit tastes – I’m usually not a fan of citrus after brushing myself, so I wonder how they’ll manage that taste combo.
    Oh, and welcome back to Oregon!

  24. Heidi says:

    In my experience the Japanese were right up there with the British for having gnarly teeth. (I lived in a small rice-farm village those two years though so maybe in the cities it’s better.) I guess if it takes pumpkin pudding toothpaste to get those kids brushing they’ll invent it!

  25. becky says:

    my question is: how much does toothpaste cost at Nordstroms!?!

  26. Eight says:

    The Pumpkin Pudding flavour is actually really mild. Are the rest like that? I feel like I’ll have to eat half the tube to taste anything 🙁

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