I'm going to need this tomorrow...

Good morning everyone,

I'm guessing it's going to be a bit cooler in Masuda today than Hiroshima. (I'm running in a half-marathon there today.) To be honest, I hope it is. It's still actually a bit too hot to have a good run. There's no chance of that happening for the next week or so as the weather is looking like it's going to be gorgeous! (for life, not for running! ha ha!)

One of the most wonderful things about winter in Japan is the abundance of hot drinks that become available at convenience stores and vending machines on street corners. There’s nothing quite like popping some change into a machine on a freezing cold night or while making your way to work, only to have a piping hot can delivered into your frozen hands; it’s an experience that’s almost as satisfying as actually drinking the hot beverage and warming yourself from the inside out!

Stumbling across a good hot soup other than corn potage when scouring the drinks display is always a rare bonus and now that’s something we can look forward to, especially after a night of drinking, with the new canned miso soup from Nagatanien. Filled with the power of ornithine, an amino acid abundant in clams, this is a traditional hangover remedy from Japan, now packed in a can!

People in Japan know the easiest way to get a good dose of ornithine is with a serving of instant miso soup from Nagatanien. Ornithine has been known to reduce stress level, prevent fatigue and help improve the quality of sleep. Its biggest selling point, however, is the fact that it enhances liver function and helps to detoxify harmful substances—a fact that’s long been known in Japan, where they’ve been eating clams, one of nature’s most abundant sources of the amino acid, to help ease the severity of hangovers for centuries.

▼ Who wants to eat 70 clams when you can drink it instead? The “Power of 70 Clams” instant miso soup series from Nagatanien has been around for years and is commonly seen on supermarket shelves.


At the top right of their soup-in-a-can is the company’s endorsement of their product as a hangover helper; a cute cartoon image of a person with a beer glass that says, “For the alcohol-loving you”. For best results, our “alcohol-loving” selves should have one of these before bed after a night of drinking to help improve and lengthen the quality of sleep while our livers do the heavy work of detoxification.


While Nagatanien has long been providing instant soup servings to make at home, this is the first time for the company to venture out into the canned soup market. Currently available from vending machines at main train stations around the country and on sale from 26 October for Y121 at convenience stores nationwide, be sure to seek out one of these after your next nomikai drinking party!

I'm going to keep my eye out for these! They are just what the doctor ordered! If you find a vending machine that is selling them, let me know!

Have a great day!

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