Ito En Sencha Shot

Ito En Sencha Shot

Over the years, I have found that many good things come in small packages, like chewing gum, marshmallows, my iPod, eggs, and Danny DeVito.

Unfortunately, I recently came across something that came in a small package, but wasn’t very good.

No, it wasn’t the movie Daddy Day Care for the Playstation Portable. It was the Ito En Sencha Shot.

In Japanese, “cha” means tea. As for “sen,” I don’t know what it means in Japanese off the top of my head, but to my friends with the munchies and glassy eyes, it means they’ll be twenty dollars poorer and maybe a little late to work.

Although, Sencha Shot does sound like something a little less messy than a bukkake. (Yes! Finally! I have used the word “bukkake” in a review!)

(Warning: The link above may contain stuff that is NSFW.)

Anyway, the Sencha Shot is basically Japanese green tea in a can.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with green tea, it’s a wonderful source of antioxidants, which are used to get rid of harmful free radicals in our body.

According to the can, it contains 152 milligrams of catechin tea antioxidants.

That amount may look impressive, but it’s not as impressive as the names of the individual antioxidants — epicatechin, epicatechingallate, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechingallate — which are not only long, but also words that may make National Spelling Bee Championship competitors either faint, cry, or pee in their pants.

Instead of a lot of long words I can’t spell or pronounce, I wish the Sencha Shot contained a lot of short words that I could pronounce and a decent flavor. It was cold and slightly bitter, just like the Japanese green tea that sat in my cup for hours because my blind date didn’t show up at the Japanese restaurant we were supposed meet at.

Fortunately, there wasn’t much Sencha Shot to drink, because the small can held only 6.4 ounces.

Surprisingly, the hardest thing about the Sencha Shot was not spelling bee championship-type names of the antioxidants, it was the can itself. I found out the hard way that the can was impossible to crush on my forehead, because it’s made out of steel.

Actually, I found out the hard way a few times, because I didn’t realize slamming a steel can on my forehead would mess with my short-term memory. After slamming my forehead with the steel can the first time, I quickly forgot about it and attempted to crush the steel can on my forehead again…and again…and again.

The next day, I woke up with a red ring on my forehead and could no longer recall the lyrics of Gerardo’s “Rico Suave.”


Item: Ito En Sencha Shot
Purchase Price: $1.49 (6.4 ounces)
Rating: 2 out of 5
Pros: High in catechin tea antioxidants. High in Vitamin C. No calories or fat. Finally got to use the word “bukkake” in a review. I no longer know the lyrics to “Rico Suave.”
Cons: Tastes like the cold green tea that I can get from waiting around for a blind date at a Japanese restaurant. Wee little can. Can is impossible to crush on forehead because it is made out of steel. Antioxidant names are hard to spell and pronounce.

30 thoughts to “Ito En Sencha Shot”

  1. 🙁 I hope that blind date that stood you up is happy– she’s missin’ out on one wild and crazy, awesome guy!
    I’d never to that to poor marvo.. You’re too awesome.

    and kudos on using Danny DeVito, iPod, and bukkake in one product review! I tip my hat to you, good sir!

  2. Marvo- for real? Japan is one of the best recycling countries in the world? Hmmm….well, when I lived in Japan for a while, I had to sort my garbage every week, but I thought it was so that the garbage men would have an easier time burning them.

    How can Japan be one of the best recycling countries in the world when the air is so heavily polluted (at least, around Tokyo)? One of my friends and one of my ex-students suffered from awful skin problems caused by the pollution. Their skin looks so red and raw, and they were always sick. It was so bad that both of them have been hospitalized several times.

  3. KT – Thanks for your kind words! Danny DeVito, iPod, and bukkake in one review? That’s nothing. Someday, I’ll stick Whoopi Goldberg, iPod nano, and tekoki in the same review.

    Toni – I could’ve sworn I read somewhere that Japan has a great recycling program. Maybe it was just cans and plastic bottles. Damn you Google! 🙂

  4. I love Japanese packaging. It makes it all look sooooo pretty. Of course, that is the point.

    However, Toni, sometimes you are supposed to eat the paper wrappings on the individual candies. They are paper candy after all. Trying to unwrap them would be a nightmare.

  5. theinfamousj – I love Japanese packaging too, but sometimes it’s overdone. I’ve had a few products that had more layers on it than a weatherman walking through a snow storm.

  6. To be fair, I think that one of the reasons that individual candies/pastries are wrapped is because you’re supposed to give them out as omiyage (souvenirs/gifts) for your co-workers, and it’s more sanitary to hand out individually wrapped items than giving each person a naked chocolate ball using your grubby paws.

    You know what’s really funny about Japan and packaging? Buying feminine products. Man, they go all out to hide the fact that you’re buying maxipads. They’d put the box of tampons or whatever in a brown paper bag, then tape it up nice and shut, then put that in a plastic bag, separate from the rest of your purchases. I mean, seriously people- it’s just tampons! There is no shame in buying maxipads!

    I never had a reason to buy condoms in Japan (since I had brought my own), but I reckon they would have done the same thing.

  7. Marvo– Actually, I did find a vending machine in Japan that sells condoms. Dunno about tampons though. It wasn’t even in the big city; it was in the tiny little town where my boyfriend and I lived. We were walking around town one night and we saw this small, unadored vending machine in one corner. Yep, it was selling condoms!

    Chuck– When I left in 2002, they still had beer vending machines. And I think they’ll be there for all eternity.

  8. Chuck – The most exotic vending machines we had here were cigarette vending machines, but of course, they no longer exist.

    Toni – I think the most popular vending machines in Japan are for beer and porn.

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