Japan has quite a few regional dishes – Tokyo Banana, for example – and it’s traditional to buy beautifully packaged boxes of these sweet treats to take home to family and friends as souvenirs.
In Fukuoka, one of these delicacies is Niwaka Senpei, a thin, crunchy cookie with eyes on it and a small slit for the nose, so you can wear it as a mask – it’s based on the Hakata Niwaka masks from the comedies Japanese.
The cookie is 115 years old (well, the company is; the cookies are presumably fresh) and in that time, they have collaborated with Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma and Doraemon, but their newest collaboration with Square Enix is the first time they have really it changed the shape of the cookie itself.
The biscuits, in the form of Dragon Quest’s iconic slimes, will be sold in a beautiful slime-themed commemorative box, containing three crackers for ¥ 756 (£ 5 / $ 7).
Tasty slimes are part of Square Enix’s promotion to “Dragon Quest Walk”, an AR-only mobile game in Japan in the line of Pokémon GO, which has been downloaded five million times on Android and iOS since its 2019 version.
It will be available in only three stores in Fukuoka from June 18 to September 30, but you can too buy them online if you don’t mind the exorbitant import costs for the purpose of having some beautiful bikes.