Kawakimono for your beer

KakipiMaruti Udyog is the Indian automobile manufacturer which Japanese car maker Suzuki is controlling. I read, at Maruti Udyog, they have a "Kakipi boom." Kakipi is a spicy Japanese rice crackers. The name Kakipi comes from its shape, which looks like the seeds of the Japanese Kaki Persimmon. The "pi" part means "peanuts," because usually crackers and some peanuts are packed in the one package (since crackers are spicy, peanuts can be an oasis!). The article said a Japanese staff member took kakipi as his own snack with alcohol, then the Indian staff liked it so much. After that the Japanese stuff bought a lot of kakipi as souvenirs for the Indian staff.

There are some unique light snacks which are good with beer and other alcohol. We say "Kawaki mono" (dried stuff); Kakipi is one of them and my American friend’s mom likes "Saki ika" (dried spirited Squid), which has a sour, a little spicy and Umami taste. Bean snacks are also popular. I like this kind of salty peanuts coated in rice powders. At an Izakaya you can eat "Ei hire" (fin of ray fish), which is served with mayo and red pepper usually. Very yummy. Kameda Seika is a big snack maker and they have some assorted Kawaki mono snacks. Sometimes I buy that type of stuff for parties. Yo-chan food has various squid snacks, and you can find them at Kiosk at train station. YES! Try it with beer when you travel in Japan. You will sense Japan more. :-) By the way, this wall paper has great sense…."squid boy"…orz

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