Thursday, April 22, 2010

In the Hotel Room Refrigerator, Tokyo

After having arrived in Tokyo from New York, it’s 2:45AM and I can’t sleep.

Already drank the can of Coke that was in the mini-bar and all that’s left is Pocari Sweat.

Pocari Sweat???

Everything but the name is written in Japanese.

As you know, I am American and I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible. I can only hope that the sweat in this drink is organic and not artificially flavored sweat.

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  1. lumikha

    April 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    i can't wait for your other engrish posts. HEEHEEHEEEEE!!!!!

  2. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Pocari Sweat is also pretty common in South Korea. It is a sports drink, kind of like Gatorade. Probably won't kill you.

  3. GiRL

    April 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    pocari sweat is like the japanese gatorade without the fruity flavor.

    oishii!

  4. Beverly

    April 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    you can get this drink in any Japanese super Market in New York, as an Asian, I have that when i grow up. it's like gatorade!

  5. Margarida

    April 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    "I am American and I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible."
    You're sweet in your intents; hope a lot of us will really follow them. :)
    And your taste is wonderful. Even when some stuff strikes us as quite 'mad', they're just great!
    Wonderful blog!
    (I borowed one vintage photo the other day, to mention your blog, hope you don't sue me!! – it's another american 'tradition')
    :)
    Iknow you wont…
    All the best and enjoy your travelling – we surely do!!!!!!
    Take care, though…

  6. mr abbott

    April 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    love pocari sweat, it's got electrolytes , good for jet lag

  7. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Oh…Scott…

    It's adorable that you are freaked out by the drink. My ex visited me in Korea years ago and he refused to even sample Pocari Sweat, saying the the name totally grossed him out.

    It's a sports drink. Once you get used to it, it kind of grows on you. I hope you enjoy Tokyo!

  8. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I totally forgot about pocari sweat until your post! I LOVED that stuff when I was in japan; it is truly great for beating dehydration in the summer. Basically, its Japanese gatorade (milder, less sugary, and without most of the sports pretensions).

  9. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    it's a japanese energy drink.

  10. CW

    April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    It is not organic. Try it. Websearch it. :-D

  11. gloryofathena

    April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    wayyy better than gatorade
    poorly named.

  12. Mango Projects

    April 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Hello Scott, this is America version of Gatorade. Feel safe to drink, no sweat.

  13. ana

    April 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    omg, r u kidding, pocary sweet is isotonic drink, produced by an indonesian pharmaceutical company and it will only do you good. bottoms up :)

  14. Joi

    April 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I grew up drinking this drink. The ingredient listed are water, sugar, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, magnesium carbonate and flavor. It tastes so good after a nice run. You should try it, Scott :)

  15. Rebekah

    April 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Too funny! Had to Google that for sure! Wikipedia comes through in a pinch.

  16. Dress up scientist

    April 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I love Pocari Sweat… granted, I grew up in Asia. Anyhow, it's an acquired taste, you just need to adjust your taste buds slightly. Hope you get a chance to visit the delicious fish market.

  17. Yoko

    April 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I was raised on Pocari! It has a mild grapefruit-ish taste. Non-carbonated. Can be used as a sports drink, but is delicious enough to be an all-purpose beverage (which is how most Japanese use it). Try it!

  18. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    i love pocari sweat! don't let the name fool you – it's the best thirst quencher!

  19. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I'm surprised you've never seen it before, they definitely have it in a lot of the ny bodegas.

  20. DQM

    April 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Pocari Sweat tastes like… Pocari Sweat! I like it actually, it's not as sweet as other sports drinks. If you want to get really freaked out go to a 7-11, they are incredibly overlit or a Panchiko (sp) arcade which is just hell on earth.

  21. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    as an american i tried it when i was visiting south korea. product is good and refreshing but they would certainly need to rebrand if they came to the US.

  22. Karen Kristian

    April 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    As an American who unusually wants to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible – Tokyo is the perfect place for you.

    Try the Pocari Sweat! It's delicious.

    Also try to find Bohemian (original to sister in Nolita). Delicious. Fujimama's (in Harajuku, where I'm sure you'll spend a lot of time) is a great casual spot as well.

    Also, spend a lot of time in Omotesando. Omotesando Hills would make an amazing photo entry.

    Anxiously following your travels! You are making me homesick.

    Xoxo,
    Karen Kristian
    http://www.karenkristian.com

  23. Liv

    April 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Hhhmmm… weather that's "sweat" as in "tastes like…" or "sweat" as in "makes you…" or simply a misspelling of "sweet" I don't know if I'd risk it.
    Ah, what the hell! Let us know how it goes!
    http://idlefascination.blogspot.com/

  24. johnny

    April 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I prefer Calpis. It is made from 100% organic pis.

  25. sachy

    April 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    In Japan, its common to drink Pokari Sweat when you are sick. The ingredients re the same as drip infusion.
    It good for you when you are tired because it helps you recover faster.

  26. Plath

    April 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    What are you doing in Asia. Stupid question, probably a photo shoot. But I guess it's not that often you post from Asia. Did the stupid european situation make you abandon Europe?

  27. SabinePsynopsis

    April 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Go for it, Scott! I love an adventure (taken by others) – and please report back. Where's the melatonin when you need it, mmh?

  28. LOL at this post

    April 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    AH YES, because the Coke was healthy and natural, right?

  29. Karen

    April 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Haha! Yeah, Pocari is one of the more popular Japanese sports drinks that are sold in a lot of Asian supermarkets in the US. I personally prefer 'Aquarius' and drank that ALL the time when I was in Japan. So excited to see what either photos you take on your trip!

  30. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Apparently it was developed by the same people who make IV fluids. It's great to drink when you are hungover or sick because it replenishes your electrolytes. Plus the taste is nice and mild unlike Gatorade.

  31. the eternal worrier

    April 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Sounds Yumm. Not!!

  32. liz

    April 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    since coke once contained trace amounts of actual coke in it, im going with this probably has trace amounts of sweat. Drink up!

  33. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Do you realise how contradicting it is? "Already drank the can of Coke…" "I am American and like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible."

  34. Lauren

    April 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love Pocari Sweat. And Calpis. And Ramune. Enjoy all the flavors Japan has to offer. It is a tasty country!

  35. egidija

    April 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    …and you don't worry what does Coke contains…?

  36. FASHION SNAG

    April 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Nice name for a drink!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  37. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    wait til you come across Crystal Geyser with Beyonce on the bottle

  38. Cal

    April 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    haha it must be as good as it sounds or better.

  39. Shoko

    April 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    It's been while since I had that drink. It's refreshing, but probably not good for you. Just like coke. As for energy drink, I would recomend "Gyokuro Green Tea". Gyokuro is gunpower green tea and has high content of cafain. Not sweet at all but taste good!!

  40. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    You can drink water if you don't need the extra electrolytes.

  41. LF

    April 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hahah hilarious!

  42. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    pocari sweat is popular throughout east asia. it's one of those sports drinks with electrolytes.

  43. Mr. Pineapple Man

    April 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    the name sounds disgusting, but i have to admit that i love this drink! u get addicted im telling you

  44. Peter

    April 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    This is a great one for http://www.engrish.com!

  45. Claire

    April 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Oh my boyfriend is obsessed with Pocari Sweat, he drank it the entire time we were in Japan.

    I can't help but think it's the result of a mojito hangover in a bottle.

  46. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm

  47. The Sartorialist

    April 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    for Anon 4:16
    yes, i realize that…it's kinda the whole point of the joke.

  48. Meghan

    April 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    What are you talking about? I always love a little 3am sweat snack. tasty.

    http://mindmotion.wordpress.com

  49. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    i'd prefer the artificial version, thank you very much

  50. Helen Gilson

    April 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    LOL! That's great! I have a coffee cup from living in japan that gives me a beautiful cup of coffee lol

  51. Katie Pawlowski

    April 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Pocari Sweat doesn't have anything to do with the taste or the flavor of the drink. (Japanese brands and ads are often based on the way English words look, not what they mean). Thus, the drink company must have liked the way Pocari Sweat looked on the can and in their ads (although I can't imagine why!).

    P.S. I love your blog and book! Such great inspiration!

  52. Amadi Woman

    April 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    i love that stuff. i always pick some up when i go the international market. there's a powder form too.

  53. Amadi Woman

    April 20, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    i love that stuff. i always pick some up when i go to the international market. there's a powder form too.

  54. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    jezz man, workin hard lately ?haha, its almost in every supermarket around soho, nowadays…its a great drink..

    tokyo is wicked and distinct!, hope to see more styles from there,

  55. caitlin

    April 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    While in Japan this Summer I fell in love with the coca cola version, "Aquarius". When I got back to the states I found out both Pocari Sweat and Aquarius may contain MSG…MSG in a drink!? So be careful.

  56. Bell

    April 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Scott you are so corny, it makes you think that the American Drinks are better than the Japanese?

  57. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    i would just like to clarify if that was supposed to be sarcasm – "i am american and i like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible" – i don't know how any american could look down on another culture and "hope that the sweat in this drink is organic and not artificially flavored sweat" – considering the american diet, perhaps recently there has been a shift, however, it is to attempt to rectify the garbage that we as north americans have been consuming – just dont' appreciate looking on a culture, claiming to be 'better'… many nations' obesity rates rise as a result of following a 'north american diet' – if it was supposedt ob e sarcastic, then i am an idiot – apologies.

  58. Katie

    April 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Poccari Sweat is a sports drink. It's sort of fizzy, and tastes a little like ginger ale. I'm not too fond of it.

    And, just as a warning, most of what you get in Japan is artificially flavored.

    Of course, if you're really thirst, you can go to any of the vending machines that are all over the city. My favorite drink is the kirin milk tea.

  59. sookneerb

    April 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    "As you know, I am American and I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible."

    as you know, i am new yorker and I like……sounds better ;-)

    i love your shots btw :-)

  60. emily

    April 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    pocari sweat is fantastic! it's like grapefruit gatorade.

  61. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I hear that it's made from the sweat of the small furry blind Pocari.

  62. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I'm pretty sure you know what Pocari Sweat is after fifty comments telling you the same information. The only thing that confuses me is that, after mentioning the finished can of Coke, you are worrying about your "American" ways of eating "as healthily and as naturally as possible." As much as I enjoy your blog and photos, that statement is a bit insensitive, not to mention ironic…

  63. Claire

    April 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    i saw that drink at the japanese airport and thought it had a weird name too

  64. The Sartorialist

    April 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    for Anon 6:42
    yes, you are an idiot….I asked if it was made from artificial sweat. Doesn't that sound like a little bit of a joke?

    I have realized that subtle humor doesn't work on a blog that is read by people from so many different cultures.

    Everyone is sooooo ready to jump on anything that could possibly be offensive that all humor is lost.

    Don't let the internet kill humor…life is fun if you let it be.

  65. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Ack – I'm having flashbacks to years of living in Indonesia! How I miss you Pocari Sweat! Enjoy all the little cultural differences. They are endlessly fascinating and amusing with an open mind.

  66. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Dear Scott,

    We call for an investigation into the unconscionable actions of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Incorporated Company. The daily killing of millions of adorable Pocari to produce the Pocari Sweat drink is extremely thoughtless.

    Elaine

  67. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Try it! Its so good. And make sure you try Aquarius as well – I lived off it as a 16 year old getting through the Japanese summer.

  68. Timothy

    April 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    More importantly.. did you try it?

  69. The Sartorialist

    April 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    for Elaine 8:00 PM
    Elaine, the Pocari are not killed for their precious sweat but actually forced to endure long treadmill running sessions while wearing tiny fur coats. This way they sweat at maximum capacity for our drinking enjoyment!

    Yum !…..Sweaty!

  70. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    You made my day!

    Elaine

  71. Bere

    April 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    that was totally sarcasm… right?

  72. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I think Pocari has msg in it…

  73. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    This whole thing is interesting…
    as a Japanese.

  74. Lisa

    April 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    The next thing to try on your culinary adventures is Calpis :)

    Love the blog, by the way. I live in Tokyo and am looking forward to seeing what you make of the street fashion here!

  75. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    This photo bought back so many memories of living in Indonesia way back when, im a kiwi but grew up there and its very popular! Pocari sweat is tastey esp. after running on a treadmill as these pocaris have been doing?? TRY IT!

  76. elikonthereindeer

    April 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    dont worry—pocari sweat is the best drink everrrr. :) its like an energy drink-ish. XDD

  77. rachel

    April 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Scott, you're always so serious when you write on this blog – but this got me giggling! It was very refreshing. I hope the Pocari Sweat was too!

  78. TheFashionAddict

    April 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    lmao sounds delicious

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

  79. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    When I lived in Japan I was running with a friend and she mentioned she didn't like to run in summer because of "pocari"…She kept repeating it because I wasn't getting it. Pocari. You know –pant, pant–Pocari.
    After a swift dramatization on her part I finally realized that she meant "sweat", but had forgotten which word–"pocari" or "sweat"–meant sweat in English.
    As if Pocari Sweat weren't endearing enough in its own way, I will never see a can or bottle and not smile to myself!
    Have a blast in Japan.

  80. ji yeon

    April 20, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Wow!
    This is the drink of Korea!!!
    POCARI SWEAT is made electrolyte composition similar to your body fluid.
    So It'll never do harm your health!

    "http://pocarisweat.info/"
    <-This is POCARI SWEAT's website.
    Just enter!

  81. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    as many of people already said it, it's THE gatorade of Asia-

  82. Complain Queenie " )

    April 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    haha. It's an isotonic drink XD

  83. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    This is too cute! Theres no sweat in it don't worry bout it. It's very common drink in Asia. I've never expected this kind of humor in your blog. Funny!

  84. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    You can find healthiest food ever in Japan so don`t worry!

  85. emily

    April 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Try it, it's good… also the calpis and the milk tea… delcious.

  86. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    My husband visited Japan a while ago and told me about a coffee brand in a grocery store with the sub title "rest your bosoms"! ……another contest?

  87. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    lol! Pocari and treadmills…hehee

  88. inkarlcerating

    April 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    hahaah yer so cute! its like gatorade sans the color and flavor
    cheers

  89. Chapter President, Cory Sekine-Pettite

    April 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Just think of it as carbonated Vitamin Water.

  90. Yoyo

    April 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Yeah it has a weird name, but it tastes much better than gatorade in the states. Try it, you might like it!

  91. lenmeister

    April 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I realize it's just been a year since your old man passed this month Sart. I remember because of the posts you did on him. I hope one day to be able to render render hommage to my old man in such ingratiating and memorable manner. Think any dad would revel in this gesture

  92. Littlest Owl

    April 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    When I was in Dubai in January, I bumped into a group of pro-skateboarders from Sweden and Holland on tour, and they were chugging Pocari Sweat DOWN. I asked what it was while they were filming in the old part of Dira, and they were nice enough to toss me one from a cooler they had with them. I was in love.

  93. Fashion Clothing

    April 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Having been a regular traveller to Northern China (The part where no-one talks english) I know exactly how you feeling. Can be very scary when you have no clue what it is that you are about to consume.

  94. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Actually, Pocari tastes like sweat. It's salty….

  95. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I really hope your statement about the American diet was meant to be sarcastic. Most Japanese food is very healthy, delicious, and delicate in taste depending on what regions and places you dine in. Pocari sweat is a taste that is probably going to be unfamiliar and maybe a bit unusual to foreigners. But I like it and maybe you will too? I do not know what sort of preconceived ideas you have of Japan, but I think a clean slate free of stereotypes will make travelling Japan a really exceptional and exciting experience.

    Please do not make the mistake of portraying Japan like what the movie "Lost in Translation" did – my philosophy whenever I travel is "When in Rome…"

    I do not mean any of what I say with negativity, I just find as an Asian American that there are some aspects still lingering in the 21st century that need to be rectified in terms of how Asians are portrayed.

    I am a fan of your blog and read it regularly! This is my first comment and i hope you have a wonderful time in Japan!

  96. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Look out for a Japanese coffee whitener call Krapp.

  97. three critters

    April 21, 2010 at 12:33 am

    whatever it is… I am quite sure it'll be way more healthy than a can of Coca Cola

  98. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 12:37 am

    next, you've got to try Dakara Life Partner — another delicious japanese beverage =)

  99. Richard

    April 21, 2010 at 12:56 am

    so how was it, sir?

  100. Richard

    April 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

    so how was it, sir?

  101. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 2:01 am

    this post made me laugh, its an isotonic drink.. i drink it everyday

  102. dodgygirl

    April 21, 2010 at 2:03 am

    it's huge in asia, i have a friend who lives on this shit. energy drink! another really popular one is called 100 plus!

  103. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 2:37 am

    u are so funny….obviously first time in Japan and know little about Asia.

    This drink has been around for ages…its a sports drink. There is no "sweat" in it…haha

    The name of the product is very much "Japanese English" take a look at other products with english names and you will know what i mean. Some are rather cute.

    If a new shop is opening, you will see in Japan –

    "1 July Open"

    And not "Opening on 1 July".

  104. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 2:41 am

    You state the last can of Coke is empty and that you, as an American, like to drink as heathily as possible. Oh the irony.

  105. Gigi Huang

    April 21, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Pocari tasted like grapefruit, i love it.

  106. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Pocari sweat is the best. Reminds me of fun travels in Asia.

  107. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 3:28 am

    you are another kind of American, health and natural.

  108. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 3:58 am

    "I am American and I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible."

    And what about the Coke?? :P

  109. Sara Bentley

    April 21, 2010 at 4:07 am

  110. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Oh come on people, it is obvious that Scott is being sarcastic here! And you don't even need to have been following the Sartorialist for ever to understand that!
    I like your sense of humor Scott.

    Mina

  111. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 4:40 am

    As European I tell you: We've always thought here you Americans are sadly unhealthy and really don't eat as well as you should. One example: when the Katrina tragedy happened, what food they gave to the victims? Candy, sweets, cheese, carbonated drinks, etc… No fruit, no vegetables, no juice!

  112. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 4:43 am

    no taps where you stayed..?

  113. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Already drank the can of Coke..

    …..I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible.

    Maybe mutually exclusive statements?

  114. Stephanie Hegarty

    April 21, 2010 at 5:26 am

    does exactly what is says on the tin.

  115. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 5:43 am

    The name means the kind of drink you should drink after you sweated :-)

  116. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Actually that blue can of drink is just energy drink (with bad English translation…). Many People in East Asia drink that after doing exercise or when they have stomach problems LOL!

  117. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Hi Scott, congrats for your blog that I follow on a regular basis.

    No offence but something made me smile in your post. It’s probably due to two very unlikely correlations:

    1/ Do you consider a can of Coke as something healthy and natural?
    2/ Do you see a correlation between being American and having a healthy diet/lifestyle? Because if we look at the average population, this correlation is most unlikely (http://www.naturalnews.com/001109.html).

    Niko, the teasing Frenchman

  118. שירי פרציגר כהן

    April 21, 2010 at 7:24 am

    i read about this in a William Gibson novel years ago. i was sure it was a figment of his imagination until today…

    http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Pocari-Sweat

  119. Jana

    April 21, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Not really foreigners-friendly lol :D

    sugarspiceandstuds.blogspot.com

  120. vittoria

    April 21, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I am wondering what is the link between"being American" and "eating healthily and naturally"…
    When one considers a can of coke healthy stuff, we really wonder if this person is credible…
    Indeed, imperialist Americans are anything but associated with "healthy". I hope this not news to you!

    Have a good day in Tokyo!

    p.s. Hamburgers are pretty good in Tokyo

  121. Dana

    April 21, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I love Japan! I lived there for 8 months 7 years ago. The fashion is incredibly experimental. It's all about shopping there as well. The shopping experience is that of sport. I've had pocari sweat (so many funny names for things) and didn't like it much but there are so many delicious foods in Japan as well. Have a great time. Boy, I envy you and your glamorous adventures! Thank you for sharing. Don't eat nato! Haha.

  122. Chew

    April 21, 2010 at 7:51 am

    pocari sweat is an isotonic drink..

    good for replenishing the electrolytes after a hard day's work

  123. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Coke isn't natural or healthy in any way. Fresh pressed juice, now that's natural and healthy.

  124. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

    it's not organic but it won't kill u. big deal. american.

  125. Anjie

    April 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Because everyone knows us Americans LOVE to eat healthy! Now excuse me while I wolf down a doughnut. ;op

    People, lighten up! He's being sarcastic! yeesh…

    I have a huge problem with body fluids mixing with food, so the thought of it being called 'sweat' totally freaks me out. However, from the description everyone is giving it sounds yummy!

  126. wiedo

    April 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Search for 'catsmack' in the convience store.. it'll make you laugh as well :)

  127. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    oh yes, all food coming from America is so healthy, what would the world do without the states.

  128. YJ

    April 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Ha! Leave it to us Asians to have strange names for our products! I'm sure if you walk around enough, you'll see even stranger things in English =) (I love Pocari though, it's sooooo good!)

  129. CW

    April 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I know that I commented on this thread previously and by now you know just about everything about Pocari Sweat……except that it really mixes well with gin, rice wine or vodka. That's why it's in your hotel room mini-bar.

    Bottoms up!

  130. Lagged Forward

    April 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    lulz, I had some people I know visit South Korea, and they were completely thrown off by that one little drink that I'd been drinking all my life. It doesn't kill you and tastes quite great (I'm quoting Americans here). Considering that their advertising direction is something like "fill up your body with water after you sweat", I think it's not exactly a weird name.

  131. Prutha

    April 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

    these r brilliant styles!!! cool street fashion… i love it!!

    http://donotshoeme.blogspot.com/

  132. Christine Scott

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hi Beautiful. You will discover another option for quenching your thirst other tha Calpis, and my favourite Bikkle! Love it! Drink it! I spent two weeks cycling Tokyo and some of the best parts were stopping at the vending machines giggling at the selection… xxx

    Actually by the way I have just remembered this, one guy we met in Kyushu said 'oh you must go to bla de bla bla' so we went and the only thing in this fishing village on this island called Naoshima was a vending machine with Ashahi and Pocari! So of course we opted for the Asahi…and the instant noodle as there was not a cafe in sight…priceless! I sooo love Japan I wanna go back!

  133. Mumei

    April 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

    pocari sweat is great stuff. it's the perfect thing for a long day of subways, giant crowds and people watching.

    if you get a chance and aren't afraid of street food you should try okonomiyaki. it's kind of like a pancake with shredded cabbage in it. it's delicious. you might only be able to find it in restaurants in tokyo, but if you happen to find your way to osaka there are stalls in the food market that will blow your mind.

    i hope you have a great time.

  134. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Yeah, Sart, I had the same problem with Pocari Sweat. After touring the ancient Korean palaces in Seoul once, I borke down and dranks some, and it really it the spot in spite of its name. I grew to appreciate cultural differences in all my travels while especially in Korea. That can looks tiny by the way.

  135. christian

    April 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

    … as healthily and as naturally as possible…
    …already drank the can of Coke…
    Come on! Coke is healthy and natural?
    We know… you are American.

  136. stuff sonia love

    April 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    yeah right?

  137. D

    April 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    If you step outside your hotel and walk 10 feet in any direction, you'll likely find a row of vending machines and you'll have your choice of assorted beverages… but the Pocari Sweat isn't bad at all – it's like carbonated Gatorade.

  138. Patricia Ann

    April 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Ay, I totally miss Pocari Sweat! Not the best sounding name sure but if you close your eyes hard enough, it will faintly taste like drinking coconut juice. As in, the fresh ones you get beach side, where they chop the top off of a coconut and stick a straw in it.

    Tasty.

  139. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Might want to stick with all natural and organic Coke. Ha Ha…

  140. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Kills any hangover!

  141. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    "As you know, I am American and I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible" ….who just drank a can of Coke….can't think of anything healthier than that!!! :)

  142. ramilly

    April 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    The name Pocari Sweat has always grossed me out too.

    oh, Boy, are people having a great deal of difficulty recognizing irony in this post. I suppose ironic American style humour does not translate very well.

    This makes me think of a Japanese friend who once asked me why Americans announce, "What a beautiful day!" when the weather is horrible and gloomy. When I tried to explain, she shook her head and said "Yes, sarcasm, I know, but it is not a beautiful day."

  143. Ciara

    April 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    LOL an American that can be critical of what the Japanese drink!!! I have just returned from the states & I found it very sad to see a country that has such wonderful fresh produce & watch how the majority eat& drink. I am Italian by the way….

  144. Benjamin

    April 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Did you drink it!?!? How was it???

    http://thestatetorialist.wordpress.com

  145. roelien

    April 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    it sounds like a typical case of 'you first' to me…

  146. steph

    April 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    i can't believe how few people got the joke! the responses made me laugh almost as much as the joke itself…

  147. Wooskie Jessica Erin

    April 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    pocari sweat is japanese!!
    we drink them all the time in HK right after exercising haha

  148. Ariel

    April 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I always loved the name of that drink.

  149. Isabella

    April 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Can't believe you've never heard of Pocari Sweat! It's huge in Hong Kong, too, all over TV commercials. Be sure to find t-shirts with words put together at random… so very Asian.

  150. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Haha. He is joking, using humor. Is it not obvious? : )

  151. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    since when Americans 'like to eat as healthy and naturally as possible'? love your travels, makes me discover more and more about Americans and 'others' :)

  152. filoderba

    April 22, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I am quite ashamed i didn't recognize the joke….but the reason is simple. i messed up sweat with sweet. sart, your blog really is multicultural, but generally humor is not.

  153. Sara Lua

    April 22, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I did a paper on the Japanese beverage industry for my marketing classes in business school, and my presentation included this drink b/c of the faux pas common in global marketing/branding.

  154. vivez avec l'esprit

    April 22, 2010 at 3:50 am

    isotonic drink so 'sweat' refers to after exercising!! But i'm sure you know! it's one of my favorite drinks! tastes better than 100 plus.

  155. george

    April 22, 2010 at 5:13 am

    funny thing: tying to eat as healthily as possible and drinking coke..
    doesnt that seem awkward to anyone here?!

  156. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

    It can't be much worse than Coke :-)

  157. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 7:18 am

    i used to wonder about that with pocari sweat too. so much to a point that it kind of just tasted wrong. it think its made out of pure sugarcane. yum. apart from the name of course.

  158. Kyiomi

    April 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

    quote: 'As you know, I am American and I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible.'

    Guess you're an exception, speaking as 'a healthy American'. :-p
    Should i really believe this?

  159. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I got addicted to this when I was working in Taiwan it's like the most refreshing isotonic ever….unfortunately with a name that doesn't sound great! Amazing packaging design too

  160. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Hahahahaha :) Don't you just love traveling!! ;-)

  161. Anais

    April 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    In Coke it is usually used aspartam instead of traditional sugar nowadays – and it is not very good thing + read here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame
    .
    In Japan they use a different type of sweetener which I forgot the name of. It is prohibited to be sold in Western world mostly because of US interest in aspartame business. Although there were less medical concern about Japanese sweetener than aspartame, so you should feel safe if you drink another japanese bottle from mini bar :)

    But better to drink tab water than Coke or anything like this – American or Japanese anyway.

  162. 伊丽莎白 (elizabeth)

    April 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    you're scared of this, when you drink Coke??

    tea is far more healthy and natural than both. i suggest switching to the green stuff.

  163. dodelledod

    April 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    it's actually good for you when you're having fever or something like so. it's meant to recharge your liquid level of your body.. well that's what I get from the ads. I drink that when I'm dehydrating.

  164. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    yeah, and coke i really "healthy and natural"… HA HA HA

    Only in USA ;D

  165. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    its really good with Vodka……

  166. RR

    April 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    pocari sweat is aaaaaaawesome, enough said. i only really see it in asia though :(

  167. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Best drink ever…. Try it :)

  168. Anonymous

    April 23, 2010 at 1:45 am

    and what is so healthy about COKE if I may ask? hahahaha

    that sweat is muuuuuuuuuccchhh healthier then coke.

  169. Cleverclogs

    April 23, 2010 at 3:55 am

    OMG- wouldn't it be AWESOME if people actually read the previous comments before replying with their own? Then we wouldn't have 150 of the same comments of people who didn't get the joke. My God!

  170. xris

    April 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Stay who you are Japan! May it never change.

  171. Andrea

    April 24, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Hahahahahaha, I drank that a lot last summer in Bali. First time I saw it laying in the supermarket's refrigerator I thought the same as you. I'm still wondering what actually made me buy it, I mean, I still had a choice, you didn't haha.
    But I discovered it was pretty refreshing, and I just kept drinking that crazy Sweat all summer long!

  172. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

    You have a wonderful sense of humour, not jus a wonderful eye for style :-)

  173. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

    You have a wonderful sense of humour to go along with you wonderful eye for style :-)

  174. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    and yet you drink coke…

  175. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    haha i never thought of the name pocari sweat that way. you're funny :) pc is a sports drink (like getorade.. as i'm sure s.o.in the long string of comments above already must have said).it's japanese and marketed elsewhere in asia as well…

  176. Richard

    April 25, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    pure sugar and a few electrolytes
    will spike your insulin and make you hyper

  177. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Love the Pocari Sweat, and the My Fannie toilet paper, but best of all is a bag of Colon (tubular biscuit with cream filling). One time we found giant Colon that were about a foot long and individually wrapped. I can't be sold on the Green Tea flavoured Kit Kat, though – disgusting!

  178. melissa

    April 26, 2010 at 3:40 am

    haha it's an isotonic drink :) amazing stuff. if you don't mind trying a yoghurt drink and are still in japan, try out calpico! alternatively, you can try this milk tea thing in a can called 'Afternoon Tea'. you'll find them in just about any vending machine in japan!

    hope you're enjoying the sushi and the everything! tokyo (well all of japan) is awesome :) lucky you!

  179. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    You know what? To be honest, Asian people care a lot more about healthy and nutritious food and drinks than Americans. Americans don't really know what is healthy food. Fried food, little vegetables or some extreme people only eat vege, restricted kinds of meat, super sweet dessert, yucky soda pops … they are not nutritious or healthy at all!

  180. fa

    May 5, 2010 at 1:54 am

    And your taste is wonderful. Even when some stuff strikes us as quite 'mad', they're just great!

    Split Accommodation

  181. orea

    May 13, 2010 at 2:07 am

    apparently no one on the entire internet has a sense of humor…

  182. Aiena Zahira

    May 14, 2010 at 11:54 am

    you know, maybe you should visit further south, malaysia maybe? then experience the REAL drenching sweat!

  183. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I am sorry, but what do you mean by saing that because your are Amercian you drink & eat healthy and natural. In my country Americans are considered are "everything" eaters, so your post is just a kind of joke for me. Sorry, that's my point of view. Bye, bye

  184. Emiry

    May 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    They have it in Singapore and I like it! It's the army boy's drink too. :)

  185. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I am asian and i grew up with Pocari sweat…It is very common here. Highly recommended to cure a hangover.

  186. tanya

    May 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Those are good. I'm craving for them now. Those are Korean drinks and do NOT worry, no sweat is invovled in making this :) *

  187. chata

    May 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

    pocari sweat is like the japanese version of gatorade, its pretty popular and i dont think it has real sweat :)

  188. gnarlyburgers

    May 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    had this in indonesia. pretty good last resort drink. :/

    stoked you had it too!

  189. Fabulous *Fabs

    June 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Loved the don't let internet kill the humour statement. It's hard to be funny sometimes when zillions of ppl read and get their "own" meaning of stuff.
    Love Pocari Sweat, miss my days living in China when I'd have a cold Pocari when hangovered… Either Pocari Sweat or Lucozade, both NOT available in Brazilian markets :-(
    Luv ur blog!! U rock xoxo

  190. Anonymous

    June 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Some people like to say "I'm from Asia," as if that makes them more qualified to talk about a Japanese product. I grew up in Japan and Pocari Sweat is big there. Whoever said this drink is like a Gatorade, without the fruity flavor, is wrong. The drink is flavored with mild grapefruit and yes, it is awesome. The taste very light, as with many other Japanese made sodas and snacks. This is one thing the American snack industry can never learn.

  191. Anonymous

    June 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

    It's funny, but in russian "pokari sweat" sounds as "win the world" :)

  192. Anonymous

    June 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    they had this all over china too. it's asian gatorade.

  193. Anonymous

    June 20, 2010 at 3:25 am

    POCARI SWEAT can help you out very much on a hangover day!
    followed by a Bloody Mary … of course ;)

  194. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I'm a surfer and came across Pocari Sweat for the first time when surfing in Bali (Indonesia). It's actually the best isotonic drink you can get after a few hours in the water. I'm from Germany and my taste buds are merely used to the Western kind of flavours. I love it!

  195. hope chest

    July 10, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I heard that pocari sweat before but I still don't know what it is. But now I know it so well. Thank you for all who comment. The help a lot.

  196. Anonymous

    September 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

    They actually even pronounce it as Pocari Sweet in Korea, I guess the company just mispelled the word.

  197. Anonymous

    September 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    hahha, I went to Japan and wondered the same thing.. also tried some, it was OK.

  198. Julia

    November 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

    'drank the can of Coke' vs 'like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible'.
    are you kidding?:))
    i refuse to think you can naively beleive Coke is healthy or all the more organic))) nice joke

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