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Japanese food and drink packaging genius...

buttertart Feb 11, 2011 11:34 AM

Was just reminded of the brilliance of Japanese food packaging by the most quotidian of things, the Ito En (Kirkland) green tea teabag.
Not only does it rip cleanly at the notch, the material the teabag is made from is some kind of gossamer goodness knows what - almost nice enough to make me want stockings made of it. The teabag string could be longer (for American teacups/mugs) and the tag more attractive but otherwise it's a very nice package. Even the translation of the directions on the back into French - from the English, I unfortunately don't know Japanese - is correct.
Among other things that have made my eyes light up are the perfect squeeziness of wasabi tubes and the amazing pastry boxes that have a little paper corral for a bit of dry ice to keep the sweet cold.
Has this artistry taken others' fancy? What products do I need to get my hands on?

  1. gmm Feb 11, 2011 01:52 PM

    I don't know if this fits the bill, but I've always loved ramune soda. Partly for the soda itself, but mostly for the bottle that's sealed with a glass marble. Most Asian markets carry it these days, and you can also find it at Cost Plus World Market.

     
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    1. re: gmm
      buttertart Feb 13, 2011 05:46 AM

      Absolutely it does. Who else would have thought of that closure?

      1. re: buttertart
        Tripeler Feb 13, 2011 09:27 PM

        That style of closure on the ramune bottles originally came from England.

        1. re: Tripeler
          buttertart Feb 14, 2011 05:01 AM

          More fool I, then.

          1. re: buttertart
            Tripeler Feb 14, 2011 07:25 PM

            Not really, this was about 100 years ago, and I would be surprised if it is still used in the UK. Quite a neat closure, really.

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      beachmouse Feb 14, 2011 08:24 PM

      I got a polyethylene cutting board from Muji the last time I did an order from there. The spousal unit has declared it his new favorite cutting board, even if it is a little on the small side:

      http://www.muji.us/store/household/ki...

      I just wish they had more of their housewares on their US online orders website.

      1. huiray Feb 15, 2011 06:07 AM

        Do vending machines count in this thread? :-)
        http://eater.com/archives/2010/10/26/oldschool-japanese-vending-machines-sell-ramen.php
        http://eater.com/archives/2010/10/19/japanese-vending-machines-boggle-mind-sell-bananas.php

        Then the Chinese got in the game...
        http://eater.com/archives/2010/10/20/...

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