|hmm, what to buy?|
the things we gaijin consider unusual become almost legendary. now, i guess because it's not new to me, i can't fathom what about pocari sweat is unusual. i think it's due to the name? idk. what's funny about sweat? maybe we think, 'ewwwww, sweat, gross. i don't want to drink sweat.' i was telling hubby the other day that people think it's funny because maybe they think it's a misspelling of sweet. (not sure about the truth of that...) when you know what it actually is, the name makes total sense. from what i understand, it's a sports drink. like gatorade. to replenish what your body loses when you sweat. (wikipedia here.)
while in japan, i drank a few of them. but i really got to know pocari when i was in hong kong for a month in 2013 for school (there's a blog for that.) and discovered the REAL beauty of this somewhat soft drink. if you drink a whole can after a night of heavy drinking (BEFORE passing out), you drastically diminish your odds of having a hangover the next day. i swear by it. i bought it by the litre and there was always a giant bottle of it to be found in our mini-fridge.
|on our second evening in hong kong |
- note the can in my hand and how intoxicated i appear
(and i felt completely fine the next day)
if you ask me, this drink is a win. and you can base that solely on the hangover-reducing qualities. taste-wise...? uh, it's okay. not something to drink for pure refreshment. but really, how good does gatorade taste? ...exactly.
now that i think about is ~ calpis sounds much funnier. and tastes much better.