I'm quite taken with the thought and care that goes into Japanese packaging design. Following a month long trip that I took earlier this year, I'm thrilled to share a series of photographs showcasing my collected goodies. I found that everything from ice cream cone wrappers to flavoured syrups from a coffee shop and jam packets had tiny details that made me smile.
All of the items pictured have little stories attached to how I found them. One of my favourites is the bottle cap with the happy bear face - It came off a used bottle that had been left behind on the train and was far too sweet to leave behind. It's very unusual in Japan for rubbish to be left anywhere so I think it was meant to be!
The strawberry milk can came from a vending machine on top of a mountain and was uncomfortably stuffed into my ski parka for an entire day. Most definitely worth the bulging pocket.
The cute-as-pie tea packets are from Karel Capek, a tea shop that I struggled to find as it had relocated several times. A group of extremely kind high school girls helped me find it and walked me to the shop front. Small acts of kindness like that (which happened a lot because I got lost a lot) make a lot of the items very special.
It's difficult to walk out of a Japanese supermarket or convenience store and not feel jolly. Partly because of the extra lovely people and especially since a good majority of the food packaging inside smiles back at you.