Recently my boyfriend went on a business trip to Hiroshima and when he asked me what omiyage お土産 (souvenir) he should bring back for me, I quickly replied KIT KATS! ヾ(◉ฺ∀◉ฺ。)
Now why in the world would I want someone to bring me back Kit Kats on a trip back from another city? Well the reason is, In Hiroshima you can find the limited edition region only kit kats (different flavors!).
If you don't already know, Japan ranks number 1 in most variety of flavors of many things (Pepsi, Kit Kat). In Canada, we are lucky if we get a new flavor of Doritos every few years. However in Japan a new flavor comes out almost every month.
Ice cucumber pepsi Wasabi Kit Kat
The constant change of flavors can be a good thing and a bad thing. Its good that you look forward to a new flavor to try, it keeps the buyers hungry. On the downside it makes it hard to get flavors that you really love, because they are limited edition. This is called kikan gentei 期間限定.
Not only as a whole country do the flavors change, but certain flavors are only available in different areas of the country (Thats why I asked him to get me Hiroshima Kit Kat bars).
Golden citrus blend (mikan, lemon and sudachi)
Kit Kats are so popular in Japan to give away as gifts, that they are available at most air ports. So its actually not abnormal to receive a special region only kit Kat bar as a omiyage.
In Japan there are more than 200 different flavors of Kit Kat bar, some interesting ones include,
Aloe Vera yogurt
These flavors might sound shocking and strange to you (soy sauce?! how can that be good right?). As strange as some of the flavors might sound, they are not all that bad. A lot of the strange flavors are actually quite good, but it really depends on your tongue.
Doritos in Japan also has their fair share of interesting flavors. Here we have coconut curry flavor.
If you didn't already know karee カレー (curry) is very popular in Japan. It is as part of Japanese cuisine as spaghetti is part of American cuisine.
In Canada, Many people have never even tried curry, yet claim that it is disgusting.
カレーはちょー美味しい何言ってんの？ (curry is delicious, wtf are you saying?)
Don't knock it till you try it guys ^^.