Mr. Sato buys a Japanese snack stocking in Akabane, which puts the “material” in the “stocking stuffer”


Be prepared for lots of snacks and a lot of attention.

While there is a common image of Christmas in Japan as a holiday mainly for couples, it is also something for children! Even when our Japanese-language reporter Mr. Sato was a little boy, one of his favorite parts of Christmas was having a Christmas stocking – or “Christmas boots” as they’re called in Japan – full of snacks.

So when he heard about a Japanese snack shop in Tokyo’s Akabane area that sells huge Christmas bootshe did it straight. So what if Mr. Sato is now an adult? He may still be just as excited as the kids probably would be.

Soon he came to a snack shop called Okashi no Taneya, a 10-minute walk from JR Akabane Station. Inside he found many kinds dagashi, nostalgic Japanese snacks and the main event: Christmas boots. To feed your inner child as well as your outer adult, Mr. Sato went with a Christmas king-size shoe, priced at 15,000 yen ($110 USD).

Frankly, Mr. Sato doubted whether he would actually be as big as people said. Boy, was he wrong. It was so big that I was a little uncomfortable lugging the train back to the SoraNews24 office. However, he had heard some young women casually comment on how cute the stocking was, so it wasn’t a total disaster.

Mr. Sato asked another reporter, PK Sanjun, to take some photos of him holding a Christmas boot. “You look like you’re about to throw a Christmas party,” commented PK.

In fact, Mr. Sato sensed the atmosphere of the party. With a sudden surge of festive spirit, he shouted, “メリークリスマースッ!!” (“Happy christmas!!”) Yes, he was now officially a Christmas guest.

As you can see, the stocking is almost full. There’s also a bell on the front that rang when Mr. Sato was wearing it, which was just a little embarrassing.

The snacks were packed to the brim, but inside a net so they wouldn’t spill out. Mr. Sato estimated that the volume of snacks was possibly 1.8 times the size of the stocking itself.

Propping it next to Mr. Sato can give you even more clarity about its greatness. He is approximately 170 centimeters (5 feet 6 inches) tall and the stocking reaches his hips.

All in all it was 45 types of snacks in stockings. Ready to list all of them? Roll up your sleeves, because we’re digging in.

From left to right, top to bottom:

1. Fried chicken flavored snack
2. French Fry flavored snack
3. Snack with okonomiyaki flavor
4. Brown sugar fugashi (wheat gluten candy)
5. Kishiue Ninjin (sweet rice candy)
6. Slice the Yocchan squid
7. Nakamura Cheese Arare (flour-based cheese snacks)
8. A bottle of Ramune Cola candies
9. Mini Miree Cookies
10. Niginigi Osushiya-san jellies
11. A super large chocolate bar
12. Umee paper (ume flavored sheet)
13. Pukupuku Tai (lemon tea flavored monaka snack)
14. Mochitaro Arare
15. Fruits no Mori (hard candy)
16. Oranda candies
17. Pokémon snacks
18. Butamen (ramen snack)
19. Strawberry soft marshmallow
20. Yanyan Tsukebo (Cream Cookies)

Also included are various Umaibo which can best be described as fluffy corn sticks.

21. Flavor Umaibo Corn Potage
22. Taste of Umaibo Yakitori
23. Taste of Umaibo Natto
24. Taste of Umaibo Mentai
25. Taste of Umaibo Vegetarian Salad
26. The taste of Umaibo Nori salt
27. The Taste of Umaibo Beef
28. Flavor of Umaibo Sugar Rusk

There were also snacks in packs of four:

29. Pakkuncho Chocolate and Strawberry (cream biscuits)
30. Marugoto fruit jellies
31. Anpanman Caramel Corn (corn snacks)
32. Sumikko Gurashi Korokoro Rusk (sweet bread crust)

And finally, there were snacks in sachets or boxes.

33. Tomodachi Watagashi (cotton candy)
34. Hoshi Tabeyo (salty rice crackers)
35. Obaachan no Potapota Yaki (sweet rice crackers)
36. Fujiya Home Pie (Cake Flake Snack)
37. Corn puff snacks
38. Anpanman soft rice crackers
39. Soy Sauce Bakauke Aonori (rice crackers)
40. Caplico Mini (ice cream puff)
41. Yuki no Yado “Salad” (sweet and salty rice crackers)
42. Crackers for aquarium animals Tabekko
43. Kameda no Kaki no Tane, 6 pieces (spicy and sweet flour based snacks)
44. Milk Labo (turns milk into a creamy soda)
45. Baby Star Guruguru Monja (ramen snack, pictured below)

But wait, there’s more! There were also some inedible items in the Christmas stocking.

  • Bulb-shaped soda bottle
  • One Piece Picnic Sheet (Coca Cola)
  • Bottle Holder (Loves Kaden)
  • Mug with a lid that can also turn into a small dish (Qoo)

Nice catch, and certainly one that will make any child or Mr. Sato happy. If you know someone who really likes snacks – enough to want to eat 45 different types of them – consider picking one up for Christmas! They are also a great base for some more traditional Japanese snacks.

Store information
Okashi no Taneya / お菓子の種屋
Address: Tokyo-to, Kita-ku, Akabane 1-29-10
Open from 8:00 to 20:00

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