11/11 is National Pocky Day in Japan that celebrates the consumption of the popular snack! Pocky are thin breadsticks that are dipped in chocolate or fruit flavors and taste crispy and sweet like a cookie. Today my students brought me chocolate and almond Pocky, as well as an inflatable Pocky balloon, so I could celebrate in full spirit. One of my students explained that November 11th was chosen as the date because the 1’s resemble Pocky sticks. How creative! I love Japan is for its witty creativity.
You can buy Pocky pretty much anywhere in Japan; including convenience stores, kiosks, train stations, and vending machines. However, today there was a Pocky shortage on my block so I was lucky to snag a chocolate box during my lunch break. Right after that a student brought in a gold box and wrote me a message on the back thanking me for my kindness. I was very touched by this generous act of kindness and it made me happy to be a teacher, even though it was previously an occupation that I had never considered. I’ve learned so much about Japanese culture as well as received a number of travel recommendations. I will be traveling to Universal Studios next weekend and have my students and coworkers to thank for helping me book the cheapest bus tickets!
If you’re reading this, I hope you treat yourself to some Pocky today! If not, enjoy this wacky commercial from Japan: