Friday, February 17, 2012

Yakult Inside

Yakult is a so-called "probiotic" drink first developed in Japan in the early 1930's. It's basically skim milk powder mixed with water, sugar and live Lactobacillus casei cultures. The name reportedly comes from the Esperanto word for yogurt, and is claimed to have similar health benefits. In Tokyo, I've seen saleswomen hand-pushing little refrigerator carts from one office building to the next to restock the "honor system" stocks of Yakult and Glico products in office break rooms.

In Kagoshima, it's more common to see these little scooters zipping around on the streets, or parked on the sidewalk with a delivery being made inside. I finally discovered the Kagoshima Yakult distribution point in a seedy section of town a couple of short blocks north of the International Exchange Center.

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